First time poster, long time lurker on this forum
I've recently purchased an Electrifly PBY Catalina (flying boat) which I intend the piece together slowly over the next few months. No rush to get her in the air as the water bodies are gonna be frozen around here for quite some time to come.
This has given me far too much time to dream up how I am going customize her as I usually do with my planes. I'm thinking spoilers, larger motors and and LED night light system at least.
I placed an order and committed to the LED system today. I've built quite a few of these systems and each time I spend more money than the last time in attempt to create a more powerful system. It's a bit of a problem. This one cost me over $100 not including some components I'm recyling.
It is going to consist of a conventional nav light system (red, green, white). The navs will be 700ma Luxeon Rebel side emitters. I will also have two wing mounted landing lights on a remote control relay. The landing lights will be Luxeon Rebel Tristars with lenses. (over 700 lumens each!).
All lights will be powered off of the aircraft's main battery (3 cell 3300mah) and regulated by Luxeon Buckpuck drivers.
As I said, this isn't my first system but I'm starting to have second thoughts about it. I've had some mixed results in the past consisting of strange glitches and one crash that I can almost confirm was a result of RF interference emitted by the led system (however this was on an old school 72mhz aircraft).
To make a long story short, does anyone see any issues with having the following items on board which might cause interference with my Spektrum radio gear?
1) High flux leds
2) LED drivers (regulators)
3) powering the system off of the main battery
I will also be utilizing a BEC.
I really dont want to dunk this beautiful bird in the lake just for the sake of having pretty lights on board.
Thanks for your input