DIY Headlights and Turn Signals on Your RC Car

7,357

10

6

Introduction: DIY Headlights and Turn Signals on Your RC Car

About: 19 year old hobbyiest and future EE.

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?

Teacher Notes

Teachers! Did you use this instructable in your classroom?
Add a Teacher Note to share how you incorporated it into your lesson.

Instructables Design Competition

Participated in the
Instructables Design Competition

Make It Glow

Participated in the
Make It Glow

Hack It! Contest

Participated in the
Hack It! Contest

Be the First to Share

    Recommendations

    • Backyard Contest

      Backyard Contest
    • Silly Hats Speed Challenge

      Silly Hats Speed Challenge
    • Finish It Already Speed Challenge

      Finish It Already Speed Challenge

    6 Discussions

    0
    SamT37
    SamT37

    4 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 :)

    0
    HavocRC
    HavocRC

    Reply 4 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?

    0
    SamT37
    SamT37

    Reply 4 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.

    0
    MaikolRodriquez
    MaikolRodriquez

    6 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.

    0
    MaikolRodriquez
    MaikolRodriquez

    6 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.