I am planning on upgrading my Lionel Bipolar (product #6-18384) to have LED lighting, but I have run into a few issues with the current plan. If anyone has done this kind of modification, be sure to share any tips in this thread.
First, the original headlights appear to be working as intended. But when I try to get a voltage reading from the headlight output, I get 0.5 volts in DC mode and 0 volts in AC mode on my multi-meter. That voltage does go down to 0 when I change directions. The marker lights are wired to track power and I can indeed see 17 Volts AC (which is the maximum my transformer puts out). So why is it that I can't see the output voltage for the headlight?
Also, I plan on putting in LED bi-color classification lights in as well. So I assume that I would need to tap into one of the board that has marker light outputs. The DCDS-J Motor driver board (691DCDS105) does appear to have at least 1 marker light output, but I can't seem to find a second one at the moment. But I will check later.
Any tips and help are appreciated!