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Old 07-07-2019, 07:09 PM   #1
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Buyer caution with Red LED's Turnout replacement

I bought 10 of these along with some green lamps fro EBay. My intent was to replace the original lamps found on the turnout controllers which draw much current and get hot to the touch. I figured that LED's would work better. I still do, but out of the 10 Red LED's there were three that broke while gently screwing them into the base. They separate from the base. I still like and thing that this is a good idea but only with a better quality lamp. I may try to glue the base to the LED with super glue and see if that will work without separating. At least they are not all that expensive.
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Old 07-07-2019, 07:21 PM   #2
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Super glue may be your best solution.
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Old 07-07-2019, 07:25 PM   #3
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If you have trouble finding a quality LED that looks good the alternative is to replace the 18V bulbs with 24V bulbs. Then operate the turnouts on 12V rather than 16 to 18V. This greatly reduces the current draw and heat. Not as good as LED's but way better than the original setup.
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Old 07-07-2019, 08:29 PM   #4
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I agree with the super glue suggestions. That should hold the LED to the base well enough to allow you to screw it into the socket. Put a dab of silicone grease on the socket too to ease the friction somewhat.

I know screwing in some bulbs is like rubbing two sheets of 120 grit sandpaper together.
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Old 07-07-2019, 08:53 PM   #5
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I bought the 24 volt bulbs. The other just get too hot. Have not used them much since I have no layout.
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Old 07-07-2019, 09:26 PM   #6
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Mopac, somehow I forgot you have no layout. Is it you have no layout in any scale or just no S gauge layout?
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Old 07-07-2019, 10:28 PM   #7
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I have a 4X8 HO layout. My dream HO layout was to be 15 x 24 around the walls Ho layout. No S layout, No O layout, No G layout. Oh, I do have an N layout. Small one.

Whats really stupid is I have all the lumber for a S scale layout except the plywood. Got to do it. It will be 6X14. Hopefully 4 loops to run 4 separate trains at once. Would like to have 2 loops of the K-Line 27" track.
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6'x14' is enough space to make a wonderful AF layout. Sounds like it is just a matter of priorities, hopefully some day in the future the S layout will make it to #1 on the list.
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Old 07-08-2019, 03:25 AM   #9
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As far as buyers caution goes, also watch put for oil "wicks" for diesels that are merely snippets of pipe cleaners. With the wire in the middle! Not like the originals!
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I am not familiar with the original diesel oil wicks. For steamer oil wicks you can use felt.
Cut to size. Might work for the diesels also.
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