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    Default Lighting Intensity Differences on Kato Passenger Cars

    I probably have about 40 Kato Passenger cars of various types. I have installed Kato lighting kits in every car myself. The cars that illuminate the best are the ones for the Burlington Silver Streak while the worse ones seem to be the Union Pacific set pulled by my UP 844 Steam Locomotive. The other various cars I have are somewhat in between these two as far as illumination goes.

    I know I installed these kits properly but the results are disappointing. What are your experiences with Kato's lighting kits and do you have any suggestions to improve the illumination?

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    Intensity will very with the angle the led hits the plastic diffuser, and sometimes the interior plastic color. If the led isn't dead on, the intensity will very. I have 5 or 6 sets I've lit, and the only real difference is between the led itself; 11-212 or 11-214...
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    I've been putting these in (and taking them back out) for a long time - are you using the original light bulb set or the LED's?

    For the record, I'm a DC guy, the flickering drove me crazy, I replaced them all with Rapido easy-peasy LED boards with a battery (reed switch controlled) and am a lot happier with that as a solution. No variation in brightness, no flickering. As long as you're careful to turn the things OFF, you're good.

    If anybody does want a batch of original bulb-type sets, PM me, as I saved all the parts and will make a deal or trade.
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    All of mine are the Kato lighting kits. Are there different intensity Kato Kits?

    As to the flickering, I also am a DC guy and had the same flickering issues until I bought a Kato Sound Box. The way the sound box works with the track voltage completely eliminated the flickering. This was a plus I was not expecting with the Sound Box but I am glad it works that way.

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