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I have a new DCC layout using the Hornby Elite and I am looking to add some working colour light signals

How is it best to wire and control these -- should I use the Elite and if so how, or would you recommend a different method, or using a dc controller (I have a Gaugemaster combi)
 

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Were you going to use Hornby's own colour light signal (which are rather overscale) or those made by someone else, such as Ekcon/Berko? Just that Hornby use a filament bulb and everyone else uses LEDs, which may influence your choice of operation.

By the way, we have a 'Signalling' sub-forum (under the 'Tracks, Layouts and Scenery' part of the forum) where we discuss both the prototype and modelling signals, which may be of interest to you.

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QUOTE (John Webb @ 18 Dec 2008, 14:30) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Were you going to use Hornby's own colour light signal (which are rather overscale) or those made by someone else, such as Ekcon/Berko? Just that Hornby use a filament bulb and everyone else uses LEDs, which may influence your choice of operation.

By the way, we have a 'Signalling' sub-forum (under the 'Tracks, Layouts and Scenery' part of the forum) where we discuss both the prototype and modelling signals, which may be of interest to you.

Regards,
John Webb

I am intending to use Eckon/Berko -and probably looking to control them Manually - either through the Elite or with switches.

I will take a look at the sub forum, thanks
 

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To operate the signals via the Elite you will need an accessory decoder that can give a constant output. I'm not well up on DCC, mainly because I run Hornby live steamers, but the R8247 can apparently be set to do this. But you can only switch two-aspect signals with this, I believe. If you wanted three or four aspect signals a manual switching system may be better.

But one of the DCC experts on this forum may be able to explain how MAS (Multiple Aspect Signalling) can be done via DCC.

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John
 
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