DIY Headlights and Turn Signals on Your RC Car

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Intro: DIY Headlights and Turn Signals on Your RC Car

Here is a short video of how I put turn signals on my car and headlight. This is my first video for instructables so I hope you guys like it!
The easy step-by-step video explains how everything works, including how to calculate your resistor.
Why don't you make some lights for the bottom of the car using RGB LEDS?

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    SamT37

    2 years ago

    You could also use orange LEDs for the turn signals, as well as wire 4 LEDs to the steering motor. Two for the front and two for the back, so you also have the turn signals in the rear as well as in the front. Another possibility is to use a pair of small relays with zener diodes on their outputs, wired as normally closed, it would allow them to supply voltage to a pair of red LEDs when the motor is not being operated, but remove that voltage when the motor is operating in either direction, or you could simply use one relay and have the red LEDs operational in reverse as well. Just some ideas for a next edition :)

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    HavocRCSamT37

    Reply 2 years ago

    Lol this was my first i'ble, and there will be no second edition :P

    Why don't you make one?

    Thanks anyways!

    Is that a rc car from a store? i mean the one that u buy for xmas? the ones with simple dc motors? i bought a lambo but i want to make ligths work when i want to turn them on not when the car goes forward or backwards :( have any info?

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    SamT37Juan SebastianO

    Reply 2 years ago

    No, you misunderstand. The turn signals are wired to the steering motor, not the main motor. This allows the corresponding LED to turn on when you turn left or right.

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    MaikolRodriquez

    5 years ago

    hey I liked the video but I would've soldered the headlights to the car battery and switch with a resistor and put red brake lights. then I would've covered the back of all the LEDs with duct tape over the hot glue so they dont light up the floor so much.

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    MaikolRodriquez

    5 years ago

    hey I liked the video but I would've soldered the headlights to the car battery and switch with a resistor and put red brake lights. then I would've covered the back of all the LEDs with duct tape over the hot glue so they dont light up the floor so much.