Lumenier Multi-functional RGB LED Tail Light
With drone racing becoming more and more popular, clear and consistent LED lighting solutions are becoming a requirement by most race organizers. The solution Lumenier has spent months on perfecting takes a holistic view to solving the LED lighting challenge that makes life easy for the pilot and builder, provides consistent and clear lighting for racing drones and race organizers, and assists the audience seeking to identify pilots during day and night racing and aerobatics events.
The Lumenier LED lighting solution is powered by this Multifunctional RGB LED Tail Light and system controller. Easily powered by 5v to 26v, the LED Tail board provides a simple push button to cycle through many solid color choices and pre-programmed patterns. The LED Tail board can provide power and control signals for additional Arm LED boards (not included), as well as additional LED boards that are daisy chained after the 4 supported Arm LED boards -- powering side LEDs, top LEDs, etc.
The LED Tail board can power its own 9 RGB LEDs, 4 LEDs on up to 4 Arm LED boards (16 LEDs), and an additional 20 LEDs that are daisy chained after the 4 Arm LED boards -- for up to 45 LEDs total.
Holding the button on the LED Tail board switches the board into "Cleanflight Mode", which enables you to program the 9 LEDs of the LED Tail board and any number of LEDs that are daisy chained thereafter (Cleanflight can support a total of 32 LEDs).
The LED Tail board stores the last setting it was in when it is power cycled. One of the modes of the LED Tail board is an "OFF" mode that turns all LEDs off.
- 16 pre-programmed colors / patterns
- Height: 32 mm
- Width: 32 mm
- Weight: 4 grams
- 1.5mm thick PCB, 5mm including LEDs and components
- Onboard 5v/1A regulator (5-26v direct input)
- 1x Lumenier Multi-functional RGB LED Tail Light
- 2x Heat shrink tubing for stand offs
- 2x 1x3 single row pin header
- 4x Mini Zip Ties
This, plus the universal PDB and 4 arm boards are what I went with for my 5" Alien build. Unlike the Impulse RC Alien LED plate (and many others) this has plenty of room for an antenna or pigtail to pass through. The pre-programmed colors and patterns are cool enough, but being able to program the settings yourself is a huge bonus. Having this on your tail and an arm board under each arm really makes your quad eye catching.
Weight addition is negligible, and the wiring is extremely simple (with the universal PDB not sold here). The aforementioned PDB can either mount in your stack or taped down to the rear of the stack (or anywhere I guess). Without that you're going to have a very odd wiring situation, so I don't know why RR passed it over. The arm boards can easily be attached via 3M VHB tape, or even regular foam tape if you want something less permanent. Heat shrinking them is completely unnecessary if you have landing pads or skids and only dulls the LEDs significantly.
I highly recommend picking up the combo that I did or even just the tail board if you're looking for an outstanding and easy to set up LED system for your quad.