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Whats the general opinion of Kato's passenger car lighting? Is it nice and even? Do they use a cap? Is it DC/DCC compatible? Just wondering if when buying a set I should pay for their lighting or plan to install something 3rd party.
 

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Well, I don't know about DCC compatibility, but I installed them in the 12 car Super Chief set and while they work fine they are not even and were fiddly to install. At around $40 to do 6 cars it just ain't worth it.
If I had to do it again I'd definitely go the cheapo stick-on led route.
 

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If I were to do a home-made lighting solution, how would I get power? Wouldnt I still need Kato's metal strips for the pick-up?
 

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You need a conductive wiper from the lighting circuit to the metal wheels, yes. Kato's would work, or you can cut your own out of brass or copper sheet.
 

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Actually, the Kato CN Transcontinental set cars have the brass wipers pre-installed, even on the un-lit cars, so that’s not an issue with those.....

I'm not sure about other Kato passenger cars though.....
 
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