Kato Lighting Comaprison

Kato Lighting Comaprison


Hello In this video, I’m going to look at the
differences between the older and newer style Kato lights. Both of these kits are available from Kato,
with the older ones being quite a lot cheaper than the new style, so they are still quite
appealing. The first difference I will point out, is
that these newer kits are safe to use in DCC systems. I hear some people still run the
older lights on DCC trains without problems. But it is not recommended to do so. Let’s take a look at the physical differences
between the kits. The contents of both sets are very similar but there are some subtle
differences. The contacts used to connect the light to
the pickups from the wheels are exactly the same in both kits. The design of the lenses is a little bit different.
As you can see, the older style has a kind of chocolate bar shape to it, where as the
newer one is more flat with some grooves in one half. You may also notice that the new lens has
this white mark along the top. This acts as a reflector helping to spread the the light
through the train. The old kit comes with these silvery self
adhesive reflectors instead, these need to be stuck to the roof of the train. The newer kit also comes with some gel filters, these change the colour of the light, so that the white light in these kits can be made to look
like incandescent lighting. The older kit doesn’t have any of these,
as the bulbs already give the warmer colour, and it is not possible to make them look white,
like LED lighting. The lights themselves look very similar, but
this is perhaps the most important difference between the two kits. The older one uses a
light bulb, but the newer lights are LEDs. The main significance of this, is that the
LED should last alot longer, in fact it should never blow. The older bulbs will go after
a while, and as such, replacements are available in the 11-202 set. Let’s see what the two kits look like. Here you can see two coaches, each installed with a different kit. The warmer looking light on the left is the
older kit, with the whiter light on the right being the newer kit, without the gel filter. In conclusion, my personal thoughts are, if
you are using DCC trains, it is best to go with the newer kits. Otherwise, if you can afford it, the newer
ones are perhaps the best choice due to longevity of the LEDs vs bulbs, future-proofing if you
convert to DCC systems, and both LED and incandescent looks. However, if you aren’t running DCC, are
trying to keep costs down, and the incandescent look is fine. There is nothing wrong with
these older kits. Thanks for watching. To see the installation of the older style kits, please click here. Or, to see the intsallation of the newer style kits, please click here.


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