This page is part of my Custom Lighting Mod series of articles.
NOTE: These steps are nearly identical to Lighting Stage 40 so many of the pictures are reused here.
DISCLAIMER: If you choose to attempt any of these modifications, you assume all risks thereof. I just wanted to share my experiences here. Neither Agora Models, nor myself, are responsible for any damages that may occur.
Lighting Stage 48
On the real fire truck, the bottom light of the Light Cluster in Stage 48 is supposed to be a strobing light. Therefore, as I was building this stage, I stopped after installing the top three Lenses:
I then secured a Micro Bit Light (Red) LED into the back of the final red lens. It already had a circular recess in it, so I did not need to drill it:
I fed the wire of this LED through the remaining hole in the Light Cluster:
To keep the bottom LED on the stock Light Cluster PCB from lighting up (it would normally come on with the headlights), I scraped a line through the trace at this location on the PCB. The line has to be deep enough to break through the copper layer:
Because this stock LED is now disabled, I only installed the LED Diffusers in the top two holes. This allows our wiring to pass through the hole.
IMPORTANT: Save the unused LED Diffuser – we can use it with the Rear Beacons.
Finally, once the Light Cluster is installed, route this new wiring through the same hole we drilled in the floor of the Box Frame:
These rear lights on the Box Frame were connected to the resistored sockets of the Micro 4-port Expansion Board for the Body Side & Rear Emergency Lights. I chose to have the strobe pattern alternate down the side of the truck, so I plug them into alternating boards as I go:
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LIGHTING 49 – Adding our custom lighting to Stage 49