Most of the EZ-LITE™ modules can be configured to provide a wide variety of simple and complex lighting effects for vehicles, structures, and scenes, including fire trucks and police cars. A typical module can usually provide up to SIX different special effects, plus quite a few steady lights.
In some cases, the circuit board can be
mounted inside the vehicle, and sometimes it must be mounted elsewhere.
For example, the EZ04 can generally be mounted inside hollow N Scale trucks
larger than pickup trucks, but not in N Scale automobiles. The EZ04
can generally be mounted inside hollow HO Scale vehicles, including automobiles
and pickup trucks. Our train show display includes an N Scale Athearn
fire truck with 12 special effects lights and an EZ04 mounted inside the
rear part of the body. An HO Scale Busch highway patrol car has 8
special effects lights and an EZ04 mounted inside the trunk. A Walthers
HO Scale lighthouse has an EZ09 mounted inside driving a searchlight.
In general, modules can be mounted inside any structure, or inside something
small and hollow in a scene.
EZ-LITE™ modules can be configured to create virtually any reasonable combination of special effects and steady lights, up to a limit of 6 different special effects patterns plus quite a few steady lights. Thus we do not claim that there is any one "standard" configuration. Modular software is used to provide lights as specified by the purchaser.
LEDs are used for all light sources, for all scales. The colors available include red, orange, amber, yellow, green, aqua, blue, golden white, and sunny white. In most cases, the LEDs are the "603" size of surface mount LED, which measures 0.060" x 0.030". We also have a nice red, yellow or green LED with an 0.080" hemispherical dome that makes a nice rotary beacon. Other sizes are available, but have not proven to be very useful except in the largest scales.
Virtually any light pattern that can be described can be provided. Often, special effect patterns are supplied in pairs. For example, in a police car light bar, a red triple strobe might be over the driver's head, while a blue complex strobe, 180 degrees out of phase with the red strobe, might be over the passenger's head. This means that the limit of SIX complex patterns often reduces to THREE PAIRS of complex patterns.
For example, the following SPECIAL EFFECTS patterns have been supplied as similar but different PAIRS in the past:
Prices will be quoted based on the purchaser's specifications. Typically, a module with NO special effects will be $24.00 PLUS $2.00 per LED. Typically a module with special effects will be $30.00 PLUS $2.00 per LED. Since these modules will usually be configured to the purchaser's specifications, rapid delivery will generally not be possible and should not be expected.
When requesting a quotation, be sure to specify the scale, manufacturer, and description of the model to be fitted. Then list each desired light, including its color, location on the model, and desired light pattern. (Example: Athearn N Scale Pumper fire truck, two white alternating headlights (bright/dim), two red alternating tail lights (bright/dim), red and blue complex triple strobes for light bar, two out of phase red rotary beacons for the rear deck corners, and two steady white spotlights (one for each side).)
In the example, the headlights and tail lights are all driven by the first PAIR of special effects outputs, the light bar strobes are driven by the second PAIR of special effects outputs, the rotary beacons are driven by the third PAIR of special effects outputs, and the spotlights do not require a special effects output. If you want a pattern not listed above, you may describe it and we will determine whether it can be done.
Most modules require 5 VDC to 16 VDC (PEAK) for operation. PEAK VOLTAGES over 16 volts will often damage the module and void the warranty. Within the acceptable rage of input voltages, the supply current can be expected to be about 5 mA per light source.