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@Sarah posted:

Wonderful! What decoder are you using for the lighting?

Hi Sarah:

I had experimented with the Digikeijs DR80015 Function Decoder.  It is super small and has front / back / extra function capability.  It was a struggle from the start.  There was little in the way of instructions and apparently, you must have a load on the track when you program the decoder.  The few times I was able to set the CV's for my situation the LED / resistor pairs would not light.  I found some articles where some people actually used a locomotive as the load.  This of course alters the CV's in the locomotive used.  I also tried a had wired can motor as a load and that generated errors.  I think the need for a load (motor) on the programming track is a design flaw for this type of decoder.  But that is just me.  

I could rig a up one of the ultra small bridge rectifiers and some resistor / LED pairs and use track power but I am leery of the amount of heat that the rectifier may generate.  

Still looking for some other possible solutions.....

Regards

Bill

OGR Publishing, Inc., 1310 Eastside Centre Ct, Suite 6, Mountain Home, AR 72653
330-757-3020

www.ogaugerr.com
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