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Scalextric have solved their problem of the lights on their cars going out upon braking and power reduction..

Beginning with Digital and World Sport, their non Digital tracks will receive a limited 2 volt trickle supply at all times, thus allowing their lighted cars to remain with lights on whilst on the track.



As I understnad it the Digital is suplied with constant 14 volts so the cars will pick up a trickle from that for the lights.

Another bit of news is the release of upgrade power supplies that will, at last, deliver much higher Amps and regulated voltage supply.
 

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Was wondering if you could feed trackside lights off that too? Should think the likes of Fly cars will be looking pretty good too as the capacitor should be charged quicker?
 

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In fact this is a major development for all cars that have lights and all manufacturers who produce light upgrade kits.

There may well be a gentle applause in certain parts around Europe for this intitiative.


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...sorry Swiss, that seems to be an extreme stupid idea from the Margate-guys! Ever thought how brakes are working in a slotcar?

They should add a goldcap instead! With such a solution they've disqualified themselves in my eyes...
 

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One thing I will say about the show is that the Scaley cars did look as if they had been raced. Basically Scaley circuits where at table height whereas SCX and Carrera had their circuits at knee height. Scaley had a glass perimeter wall to smash into if you came off. SCX and Carrera did not have such barriers.

How many folk do you know who go to shows and actually understand how to drive a slot car? But they all want to have a go don't they!

Typical show folk press the trigger, watch the car accelerate faster than a dragster into the first corner, go "whoops" and then laugh as the rep picks up the pieces. Thats a fair summary I suspect.



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Jon you couldn 't run trackside lights from that 2 Volts mate as they will require around 12V minimum. I suggest a better way is to wire them completely seperately from the track power, if you have to kill track power anytime, the lights will also die so better they have their own supply and can't interact with the cars.

Thomas I know about the braking effect but assure you the 2 volts had NO affect on the braking and the lights DID stay on mate. Think diodes I guess
 

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Thanks for that as I know nothing about electrics...scares me to be honest
We have lit the trackside of our club circuit but was looking to illuminate the pit garages and grandstands next.
 

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There is a back emf causing braking when the motor is running faster than the current supplied would drive it. So 2V would still allow a braking effect, only marginally lower than short circuited
 

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What gets me is the fact that Scaley used to produce cars with working BRAKE lights, why don't they incorporate them these days?
It has to be said that SCX Xenon lights look far better than those yellow jobbies!

Mark.
 

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The xenon lights are def a lot better. But I still prefer the Fly set up, perma lights,rear lights and brake lights. We have fitted in a fair amount of nite racing at the club and it helps to have permanent lights. A tip is to place your lane marker tape over 1 light so you def know which is your car and the marshals can see the correct lane colour to replace the car,using the other white light to see the track. Groovy
 

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QUOTE Jon you couldn 't run trackside lights from that 2 Volts mate as they will require around 12V minimum.

Er,not if you use 1.5Volt bulbs for your track lighting.
 

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Depends if you wire the lights in series or parallel Al, think Christmas tree lights..

240 Volts will cover 20 12 Volt lights if wired in series.
Far better to keep them seperate from the track power if possible IMHO.

Using 1.5 Volt lights on a 2 Volt circuit the current draw will increase signifigantly with each additional light.
 

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QUOTE (Oilslick @ 5 Feb 2004, 01:02 AM)That's because the Headlamp fronts are missing, I'm sure they'll be just as good as any other systems lamps.
Not true at all. Xenon is a great forward step for slot cars. Only really need ninco and scalextric to pick it up and the main ones will be doing it.
 
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