Frequently Asked Questions


Yes, the LightCockpit can also be used under Windows 7.

There is a restriction:

Microsoft’s basic support for Windows 7 expired in 2015. Bugs and errors in Win 7 are therefore no longer fixed by Microsoft. When the Light Cockpit is open and the Light Driver 5.0 is plugged-unplugged, Win 7 will not release the USB port. The LightCockpit therefore can no longer detect the LightDriver 5.0 at the second time it is plugged in. In order to put the system back into operation, the LightCockpit must be closed and reopened before re-plugging in the same Light Driver 5.0. After that, the system will work properly again.

Most common mistake:

The USB cable used is just a charging cable and not a data cable. Although the LightDriver 5.0 is supplied with power, communication with the PC is impossible. Always use a full USB micro cable.

Second most frequent error:

The installed version of LightCockpit does not match the Java installation of the PC (32 bit or 64 bit). In case of uncertainties, it is best to completely uninstall the Light Cockpit and reinstall the other version of the Light Cockpit (32-bit or 64-bit).


Yes, that is possible.

The LEDs used must have a forward voltage of approx. 2.4V-3.4V. This is the case with the vast majority of single chip power LEDs (eg from Optotronix). You cannot connect LEDs which for 8.4V, 12V or other operating voltages already include on-chip series circuits of LEDs. Further, the LED should have at least 0.5W better 1W power. The correct current for the LED is set manually in the SLC settings. Are you unsure how much power your LED can handle? Start in continuous operation with currents <210mA. If the LED stays cool, you can gradually increase the current.

No, for the benefit of all the functions of the Light Driver 5.0 and to achieve the best result only connect one LED per channel. An exception is the use of the SLC Expander.

With the Light Driver 5.0 we introduce the concept of the Light Conditions (similar to the known flight conditions). The Light Driver 5.0 knows the Light Conditions 1-5. For each light condition you can set the pattern of each SLC individually. These LCs are then activated via an RC channel. When delivered, Light Condition 1,3 and 5 are pre-programmed (see page 7 of the manual).

It is also possible to set a total of 5 different LCs by means of individual programming (see page 10 of the manual) and to activate or deactivate them one after the other by means of the 3-way switch … Thus, the scale aspect of a model can be perfectly matched by connecting lighting sources to each respective phase (eg starting the engine, taxiing, flight, landing, etc.) of the flight. This concept is very different from the common “switching points” which can be programmed per channel. You cannot just turn SLC on or off with the Light Condition concept. The function (beacon, continuous light, etc.) can change completely from one light condition to the next.

Yes, that is easily possible. You need to treat the A2 Series LED like a third-party LED and set the current per channel manually. Use the following settings:

HD/CPLL Series: 140mA

CPL Series: 210mA

CP Series: 350mA

Headlamps and light modules

The M2 threaded bolts are thermally coupled very well with the LED. By attaching highly thermally conductive components (eg metals) the maximum possible power of the LED in MLT mode is increased. Also the supply of an air flow increases the performance immediately.

Yes, that is easily possible.

Sina, Lily, Luna S and Lena S are to be connected to LightDriver of the CPLL class. All others can be operated on LightDrivern of the CPL class.

In this case, you are running a non-system LED or an old innoflyer A2 Series LED on an SLC with Plug and Play enabled. Turn off Plug & Play and manually select the correct power for your LED. See also Manual S.11-12.


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