RCU Review: RC-LIGHTS RCL5006 kit


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    Contributed by: Matthew LeMay | Published: October 2010 | Views: 32135 | email icon Email this Article | PDFpdf icon
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    Review by: Matt LeMay
    NAVIGATION

    DEALER INFO

    RC-LIGHTS
    PO Box 1783
    Boulder, CO 80306

    Toll Free: 1-877-360-7778
    Fax: 1-303-991-7947

    WEBSITE:

    www.RC-LIGHTS.com

    CLICK FOR DEALER INFO



    HITS

    Bright LEDs
    Working brake lights
    Quick to install
    No external battery needed


    MISSES

    Shrink tubing not included

    intro

    A great way to add realism to your RC vehicles is to add a lighting system. RC-LIGHTS offers a few different options ranging from headlights all the up to working turn signals and brake lights. We'll be looking at their RCL5006 kit which includes both headlights and tail lights. To see some of their other lighting kit options click here.


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    Name: RC-LIGHTS
    Model: RCL5006
    Price:
    $90 (price may vary with dealer)

      INCLUDED:
    • (1) microBRAKE; 6 LED controller
    • (1) RX Pass-Thru™ w/3P power plug
    • (6) 14" wire extensions
    • (4) 5mm white LED headlights
    • (2) 5mm red LED tail lights
    • (6) plastic 5mm LED holders
    • (6) 2P plastic connector housings
    • (1) 3.75"x3" aluminum tape
    • (6) zip ties & bases

    REQUIRED-ITEMS

    • Heat shrink tubing
    • Lighter/match
    • Drill, or other device (reamer) for making holes in the body
    • Hobby knife


     

    AT-FIRST-GLANCE
    Included wires
    Package
    micro BRAKE control

    Closer look

    The light kit was small enough to be delivered in a padded envelope which fit into my mailbox. The package included most everything needed to install the LED light kit. The 5mm bulbs and mounting hardware were sealed in a "static shielding bag" and the remaining contents were neatly tucked into the main bag.

    An instruction sheet covers the installation process with step by step direction. Illustrations help to further explain the process.

    Retainer rings, bulb holders, LED bulbs, & bases
    All seen here is included in the package
    Contents of the static shielding bag
    1/4" hole drilled
    RX pass-thru
    Installing bulb holder

    Installation

    Two mounting options are suggested for securing the LEDs into the connecters.

    The first is "plug and play." This is where you just push the metal LED leads into the connecter as you would plug in an extension cord. This option is for low impact driving like on road cruising.

    The second is a more secure way of plugging in the LEDs which is recommended for heavy duty use like racing and off road action.

    Begin by deciding where you would like to install your new lights. The kit includes four head lights and two brake lights. I decided to install two headlights in the natural head lamp position and the other two in the roll bar. The brake lights were installed toward the upper third of the tail light decals.

    The included LEDs are 5mm which requires a 1/4" hole. After the hole is drilled, insert the LED holder followed by the LED. The LED clicks into place from the rear and is held securely by a retaining ring.

    The heavy duty installation requires removal of the wire terminals from the connecter housing. A hobby knife works well for this, just be careful not to cut your self. Slide the housing over the LED leads, insert the LED leads into the wire terminals, and reinsert the wire terminals into their housing. You will hear two clicks when the terminals are completely seated in the housing. You may now bend excess LED leads back around the housing making sure not to let them touch each other. Finish the installation with some shrink tubing that can be bought at most hardware stores.

    An illustration shows the polarity of the LED leads. The long lead is positive and should join with the blue wire while the shorter lead is negative and joins the black wire.

    The included square bases are fitted with mounting tape which holds securely to the body. A zip tie can then be threaded through the base to secure the completed wiring.

    The final step is to rout the wires away from the windows and secure them to the body with the included aluminum tape.

    The included "RX pass-thru" plugs into the receiver where the ESC normally goes. The ESC and light control switch then plug into the pass-thru for simple installation.

    The controller is fitted with two switches. One switch is for brake direction reversal and the other controls throttle center brightness (weather the tail light stay solid bright or act as brake lights).

     

    Bulb holder in 1/4" hole
    Bulb holder in 1/4" hole
    Inserting bulb into holder
    Retainer ring
    Retainer ring installed
    Both rings installed
    Clean mount
    Tail/brake light LED (red)
    Head light LED
    Two lights in Roll bar
    Head light
    5mm LEDs
    Secured wiring & controller
    RX Pass-Thru
    Control unit
    Completed w/ shrink tubing
    Secured with aluminum tape
    Base with zip tie

    performance

    Performance

    The LEDs definitely add a new dimension to your RC vehicle. The lights work as they should and are low enough profile they don't stand out when not on.

    The brake lights get brighter as you apply the brakes or reverse and the head lights are at a constant full brightness. The LEDs are not backed with a reflective surface, like a flash light, but still do a decent job of directing light. RC-LIGHTS offers chrome housings for more of a controlled beam, like a spot light.

    Even without the chrome holders, the LEDs put off plenty of driving light. You won't light up the entire yard but there's easily enough light to safely drive, even in pitch black conditions.

    I am pleased with the installation and performance of these lights. The "heavy duty" mounting system was a hassle but well worth it in the end.

     

     

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    manu and credits

    RC-LIGHTS
    PO Box 1783
    Boulder, CO 80306

    Toll Free: 1-877-360-7778
    Fax: 1-303-991-7947
    WEBSITE: www.RC-LIGHTS.com

    CLICK FOR DEALER INFO

    Comments on RCU Review: RC-LIGHTS RCL5006 kit

    Posted by: traxxas_guru on 10/31/2010
    nice lights!
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