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Controlling model locomotive headlights realistically should be convenient.
The prototype doesn’t turn lights off and on with every change of direction. DCC sophistication overlooks this conspicuous distraction. When I’m switching I want both headlights on. Changing to non directional lighting is daunting.
I have a locomotive with a loksound 5 decoder and a ProtoThrottle. Deciphering the loksound manual and the Iowa Scaled instructions is complicated.
Below are links to manuals and excerpts. I like the Rapido option !
CV K CV L
You must add the value for the control CV for each output you want to switch. Into which CV exactly you must write a value you can find in the overview table on page 70. For mapping row 1 they are, for instance, CVs 257 (control CV K), CV 258 (control CV L) and CV 259 (Control CV M)
Mode Select Switching on/off
MHeadlight (Configuration 1) 259 260
Rearlight (Configuration 1) 267 268
this example from the Rapido instructions is much simpler:
SW1200RS F12 Switching Mode
If you press F12, the headlight and rear light will both be on dim. This is appropriate for switching operations or for running light on the mainline. Press F12 again to turn off the switching mode lighting.
comments from a retired engineer
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