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    Default Kato LED Light System Installation

    I bought LED lighting kits for my Broadway limited passenger cars. Here are some pics and videos of the installation and finished night time run. The kits for the 13 cars cost me $ 90.00.
    1) the lighting kits and Passenger car
    2)Passenger car
    3) disassembled passenger car
    4) Led light not assembled
    5) LED light assembled
    6) lighting power stips
    7) power strips installed
    8) LED light installed
    9) Foil stip installed in the inside roof of the passenger car
    10) Lighting stip installed on top of the foil
    11) Passenger car reassembled
    12) Passenger car lite on the track
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mS-bODk2xLg
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1yANWoujVVs

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    More pics of the installation


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    Sweet, I plan on lighting mine at some point, have to get an E8 to haul them first though, they're still being dragged around by my Challenger!
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    Very nice Jeff. looks great
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    DO you know if this is similar to the lights that go into the California Zephyr cars? THey look great! Would not mind putting lighting in those once they arrive.

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    All of the Kato coaches take the same light or LED kit. I have installed the same LED kit into a UP Steamliner train as well as a Amtrak Superliner train. The dome car take two of them, and the dome dosen't light up. Don't waste your time and money on the light kit. Spend the extra amount and get the LED kit.
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    For DCC folks: The FR11 and FL12 drop-in decoders for the Kato lighting kits give the ability to toggle the lights, as well as transponding.

    http://www.katousa.com/N/accessories.html

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    All there lighting kits fit threr passenger cars. I thought about the DCC for the lighting kits, it draws away from your DCC system. It doesn't bother me to have the cars lite up all the time. I bought the kits from MB Kliens.They also sell single lighting kits. I was told to stay away from the incandesent lighting kits, they have been know to melt the cars.
    http://www.modeltrainstuff.com/KATO_.../kat-11210.htm


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    Did you try out the amber filter that comes with them? I find LED's are too white for some applications

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davejb View Post
    Did you try out the amber filter that comes with them? I find LED's are too white for some applications

    No i didn't, they are easy to install, i do agree that the white light doesn't fit all the cars. It is just a clip that connects on to the end of the lighting part.


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    Jeff, I bought KATO lighting kits for my Silver Streak Zephyr passenger cars, but I'll be darned if i can figure out how they install. All of the instructions are in Chinese...(maybe Japanes)...and unfortunately I missed that class....lol. Anyway, I need some serious help installing my kits. The number on the KATO kits is 11-212. The information on the KATOUSA webpage says they fit all KATO passenger cars. Did I buy the wrong kit?

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    To light Kato carriages, especially double deckers, use the universal LEDs from Evans designs. Works out cheaper, and the lighting has less flickering. I haven't hard wired mine yet, simply wrapped the end of the led wire around the long copper strips. Will at some stage in the future reduce the length of the the wires and make the installation neater.

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