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    Default Looking For Grade Crossing Signals

    I guess this would qualify as "signals" so I'll put it here.

    I am getting close to installing some grade crossing signals (no arms, just lights) on my railroad. I know that NJ International has some that are already lighted. I've got a few questions.

    1- The NJI signals look pretty good in their pictures, though the pictures are small. What are people's experience with these?
    2- How are the lights wired? I believe they are common anode, but is it one anode connection for all four lights?
    3- Are there other options that people have used?

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    I've had good success with NJI crossing lights and am getting ready to install two more sets of them on my layout. Each unit has 3 wires for the 4 lights (two '-' and a common '+'). The LEDs are rated at 3v, but the '-' wires have built-in resistors so that you can power them with a 9-14v power supply.

    -Mark

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    Thanks Mark. Are these built-in resistors on the wire hanging out of the bottom of the signal?
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    Love them! Beautiful! Get 'em!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tim R View Post
    Thanks Mark. Are these built-in resistors on the wire hanging out of the bottom of the signal?
    Yes they are. I plan to just clip them off since I actually have a 3v power supply.

    -Mark

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    Thank you both. It seems that everybody is out. Even the NJI site says "Sold Out."

    I also plan on clipping the resistors, since I'll be using the Signal LCC to drive these, and it has built in current limiting.
    Tim Rumph
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    I should clarify that I was talking about their crossing gates. I've never had a plain crossbuck, so they may be wired differently.

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    I just ordered some on e-bay, and they are wired as you say. Probably not NJ International (too cheap) but they'll be here Monday and I'll let you know.
    Tim Rumph
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