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Discussion in 'Pro/Adv Discussion' started by charlieWhelan, Mar 8, 2016.
Anyone had any advice on a good LED beacon or Headlight..
Post pics of your LED setup ..
just put leds all the way around it
So you want a headlight which will illuminate the terrain below apparently. Yes, I've seen that. Somebody sells it somewhere. It exists. A search might find it.
I've been toying with this as well. Thought about a couple of DIY solutions some of the other members have come up with, but trying to figure out a way to make the light aim the same direction of the camera. By no means am I suggesting that a light be attached to the camera, just that I want to figure out a way for a light to follow where the camera is pointed. Lot's of studying and work to do on this one. Just a concept at this point.
I've also been considering putting a couple of flashing LED's on the top of the bird (let's say above the underside LED's) to let private pilots (that seem to fly way lower then allowed) see the bird from a distance. Nothing solid yet, just thoughts....
It's really hard to judge distance especially with items of different size when comparing height above the ground.
I've been looking for a strobe/beacon to go on top of the aircraft for collision avoidance and for long range flights so my Visual Observer can spot it a bit more easily.
I've been thinking about the headlight type myself for two reasons. 1. It may help me see it better in daylight. 2. I heard somewhere that it may help keep predator birds away. Got some huge hawks around a park where I do testing and some flying. I usually get about 19-20 minutes of flying before they show up. Then I have to come down closer to ground level. Anybody hear of a light scaring real birds before?
I know that there are companies, like PulseLite, that make flashing landing lights for full size aircraft to scare birds. Alternating right/left on/off that seem to work.
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I didn't know lights existed for that purpose. This gives me a place to start. Thanks.
Here's a brief write-up:
FARNBOROUGH: Lighting on aircraft can prevent bird strikes
I purchased a set of flashing (or solid) lights from polar pro after reading this thread;
Polar Pro LED Lights for P3 - Thoughts ....
They work really well and no drilling holes!
Great article, thanks.
Just what I'm looking for. I just purchased me a set. Thanks so much.
I am thinking of adding a LED strobe beacon to the top rear of the unit:
Controller: Strobon SE - Navigation Strobe Controller - Flytron
LED: 3W White PowerLED for RC Lights - Flytron
Maybe two of these added to the forward facing arms, just for kicks:
STROBON XL Police Strobe - Flytron
I would like a headlight, but I would want it powerful, and without a remote on/off it would probably be too much of a drain.
Interesting strobes but looks like more work than I would want to tackle. I agree with the headlight and also would like an on/off switch preferably on the RC. There doesn't seem to be a perfect solution out there that has been found to date.
I took a round digital that you buy and put it inside a old lens shadeworks great and not affect camera
What is the purpose for which you are using the headlight? Photo's at night, locating your drone, or ??? What is the purpose of the shade and does it do what you want it to do?