I am hoping someone with electronics knowledge can offer me some assistance.
I am building some carriages for a customer that will feature interior lighting. The plan is to use the ANE Models lighting units, and Hollywood Foundry bogie pick ups.
My customers layout is operated via a NCE Radio DCC system, so I would like to include a switch to turn the lights on and off, as they would otherwise be on permanently.
Unfortunately my electronics skills are non existent, and I am struggling to work out exactly what I need through research.
II would like to use a reed switch as they are inconspicuous, and they avoid the need to lift the carriages from the tracks to operate a manual switch mounted underneath.
I was originally inspired by the reed switches used in the Trainorama 49 class to control the marker lights at each end of the locomotive.
However in my research I have discovered that reed switches are classed as momentary as opposed to maintained, so that would mean the magnetic source would have to stay close to the switch in order to keep the lights off. Is there in fact two types of reed switches?
Hopefully someone can point me in the direction of a suitable product, as looking through RS is a little bit daunting and confusing! I have no issue with soldering the components, just selecting them!