Not quite the right forum, but probably the right people 'cause you guys know LEDs. Through unskillful flying, I occasionally get an aircraft just far enough away that I sometimes can't make out if it's coming or going. I have to do a turning test.
But I was wondering if I put a single high output LED on the nose or tail...would I have a chance of seeing that in daylite? For example a red rear-facing LED at the rear of the fuselage?
I use the half inch 12 mil amp led bulbs from our electrical shop here. I attach it to the right length of wire with the same plug as servos and plug right into receiver. This way i do not need to figure out resistance. smaller leds need resistance. On my gliders I have them mounted on bottom in the middle. Makes a differenc (day or night) as they are very bright. If you look in a fms plane you will see the same led.
Not their brightest, but their brightest don't blink. I may try them too if these don't do the job. Plan to wire it to a servo extension and plug into an unused rx channel. Mount so only can be seen to the rear.
Just be aware that with really bright LED's that you can see in the daylight, will blind you at night.
I used to run my night flyers with the LED's facing out, and honestly they would make it so it wasn't a pleasant flight as the glare got to me. I've since flipped them so they shine into the foam, it reduces the glare, and actually lights up the plane more.
Take a look at the shots here.
My Slow Stick, if you look at the reflection you can see red/green LED's, but looking at the plane all you see is a washout of white.
My Bixler2, with the LED's embedded, give off a softer glow, and more of the plane gets lit up. You can see they shine all the way through the wings.
Oh sure I have bright whites on it too, but it's for landing only, and you don't want to look at it head on or tail on as it's worse then seeing a car with it's head lights on, it will wipe out you night vision. Those last two photos are with the lights in the shop off, just the LED's doing the lighting.
When I die, I want to go like my Grandfather did, in his sleep...... Not screaming like the passengers in his plane.