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Lighting at the Rosenbahn

Illumination of the Rosenbahn

The illumination of the Rosenbahn will be carried out partly with small incandescent light bulbs, operating at 16Vac, this is only needed for three old lanterns around the turntable. The buildings will be illuminated with small LED bulbs, operating at 12Vdc. The 16V current supply comes from a adjustable power supply with a maximum output of 5A. For the 12Vdc there are three power supplies with a maximum output of 5A build in the power cabinet. The 16Vac output can be reduced with an adjustable switch on the power supply. For the illumination of the roof of the module, a separate cordless LED dimmer will be build in. The output can easily be adjusted with the remote control. All light power supplies are build in a central power box and each individual power supply can be switched on/off using a red illuminated tumble switch. This switch is connected to the 230V power cable of the power supply. Beside this switch there is build in the cover of the box for each power supply a voltage/ampere meter to monitor the power supply to the module. Separate from this can each individual power cable to the module be switched on/off using a blue color illuminated push button. Each combined cable boom from the power box to the module is connected using airplane connectors with a maximum power rate of 5A.

The cable booms goes from power box to the module to feed the 0.5mm² main power cables which are acting as a sort or power loop. Each cable boom feeds an individual power loop. There is a separate line for 16Vac for incandescent lights, a digital 16Vac for the rail track, a 12Vdc for illumination of the buildings, a 12Vdc for the illumination under the module when some work has to be done underneath, a 12Vdc for illumination of the module roof and a 5Vdc for feeding the servo’s.

The LED illumination as showed here below in the buildings is not dimmed yet. The light at the pictures is more bright as it is in real.

The following pictures shows the difference between with and without illumination in the roof of the module. Later this is remote control dimmable.

With the illumination switched on in the roof the entire scenery is good visible.

De power control box as described is not completely finished. Some switches still has to be mounted in the cover of the box. The one voltage/ampere meter which is not showing any value is already mounted and will be used later for the 5Vdc servo power.

The cable booms are connected to the power control box and module using on both sides the same connector. When installing the cables can easily connected to both sides without the risk on not connecting well. The cable boom is protected by a black flexible braided protective sheeting. Design of the brackets under the module are from Modelspoorclub Bergen op Zoom. The large opening in the bracket is for a Sub-D connector which will be used for the train detection cables of the track. Are you also interested in this products such as brackets and connector brackets, you can fill in the contact form of Modelspoorclub Bergen op Zoom

It is not so difficult to make your own luminaires for industrial and larger buildings. It can be made using cardboard or plastic sheeting en parts of a LED strip to cut from a roll. You cut sections of 3-LED’s and solder the cable on the connection points and ready it is. Important with LED to pay attention on the + and – pole of the LED.

And here the final result of a large industrial building with this specific LED luminaires installed.

Underneath the module the cables will be connected using connector boards. There are two different versions. The first one can only be used for one pole meaning you need two of these for every power supply. This is used when you need to install many cables to the connector board. The second one can be used for both + and – pole cable in one board. This is used when you don’t have to connect many cables to the connector board. There is a big difference between normal cheap terminal connectors and these. This are connectors boards which cannot harm the copper flexible wire when tighten the screws. The connector boards are also a design of Modelspoorclub Bergen op Zoom. Are you interested in this connector boards you can fill in the contact form at the website of Modelspoorclub Bergen op Zoom.

A remote controlled dimmer is mounted in the roof of the module. The dimmer can adjust easily the light output in steps of 100% – 50% – 25%. With the buttons bright + and bright – fine tuning is possible. There is also a mode for blinking but that will not be used.

The illumination adjustment step of 25% illumination provide a nice soft light over the scenery. To make pictures the best illumination is 50% light output. The pictures shows the differences in the 3 steps but in real it is better visible.

The output is visible at the ampere meter for each step.

The lowest output is less than 25% and shows the best illumination of the internal lights of the buildings.

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