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Two questions:

 

1. I know the chump-store does not sell the original number panel lights anymore.  Does anyone have a source to where I can get some identical or mostly similar lights?  My 146 car had both smashed at the last race, so I should probably replace them.   It would be nice if I could just unplug, unbolt, and replace instead of having to drill and splice.

 

2. What is the new hot ticket for door panel lighting?  EL panels? Reflective numbers? LED strips in the shape of numbers?  Nixie Lights?  The new car needs number panels, and I am trying to plan my setup.  

 

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4 hours ago, tommytipover said:

Actually, scoring just needs the transponder.  The corners need the number to report our bad driving... :)

Not always -- if the transponder is faulty, or misinstalled, trying to identify the car number as it passes so we can credit it with the laps done is necessary. (I can speak to this, having actually done it... at Portland... in the Usual Portland Weather... at night. :) )

 

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We just got a cheap pair of LED light strips from Walmart mounted on some aluminum L from Home Depot.

They are way brighter than the original number panel lights....The strip on the class designation is WAY brighter and came via slow boat from China.

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2 hours ago, Doc said:

We just got a cheap pair of LED light strips from Walmart mounted on some aluminum L from Home Depot.

They are way brighter than the original number panel lights....The strip on the class designation is WAY brighter and came via slow boat from China.

 

 

Does it actually illuminate the number panel pointed in that direction?

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1 hour ago, Ron_e said:

 

Does it actually illuminate the number panel pointed in that direction?

It's pointed down...Looking for some nighttime pictures now, but I might not have any from Road Atlanta. The shiny part you see right here is the top of the L channel. 

The lights are mounted underneath it pointed down...

That yellow strip underneath the class designation is the imported one. It is SUPER bright but I don't know if it comes longer than 6" strips.

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I bought some door lights but found them really inadequate. I decided to make lighted number panels. I got 2 strings of 100 fairy lights from Amazon for under $20 and taped these into 12x8 grids on some corrugated plastic. Then I blacked out the areas I didn't need to make the numbers. I wired the lights into a USB plug since I have a bunch of those outlets in the car. It worked great.

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RVA supposedly offers a reflective number panel (but I haven't seen a picture of one of the new ones).

 

https://www.rvagfxstore.com/products/new-number-panels

"The new 2018 ChampCar Endurance Series number panels have come early. Be one of the first to have the new panels. They will be offered in white or reflective. We also have three pack deals to help teams save some money. "

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I wonder how effective the reflective panels are for the corner workers.  Any feedback from the racer so far this season?  If nothing else, the reflective panels are good in case you end up sideways at the bottom of hog pen at 2am.

 

I plan on going the @Doc route with some LEDs and aluminum angle.  Cheap, bright and less sticking out to get knocked off when someone gets a little touchy feely.

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3 minutes ago, Bremsen said:

I wonder how effective the reflective panels are for the corner workers. 

Based on photos from last year, they are pretty good as long as there is some light hitting them.  Click the link in the header section "RVA Graphics & Wraps replied to a topic" for a direct link to the post showing the reflective vs regular.

 

 

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6 minutes ago, Bremsen said:

I wonder how effective the reflective panels are for the corner workers.  Any feedback from the racer so far this season?  If nothing else, the reflective panels are good in case you end up sideways at the bottom of hog pen at 2am.

 

I plan on going the @Doc route with some LEDs and aluminum angle.  Cheap, bright and less sticking out to get knocked off when someone gets a little touchy feely.

The panels work great if there is some light on them, not so much in the dark.

Just remember to round off the ends of that aluminum angle. It hurts when you are not paying attention. It's a different kinda hurt than the hitch on the truck at least...

 

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