Over the past two weeks, I have been playing around with ways to remotely turn on lights for the Waliid. Two of the setups are shown below. Sorry for the tired voice. It was very late at night as I did not really have time to do this any other time.
In this setup I used parts from a servo to turn on the light, mainly the control board and the potentiometer.
A couple of days later I realized I still had a brushed ESC around ( I originally got the brushed ESC to try to remotely light a fuse). I also had just received a LED strip to play around. This result was much better than the first. The LEDs were much brighter and the setup overall was just much more reliable.
I showed this setup up to SAP (Syria Airlift Project) and they liked the idea, albeit with some hesitancy on the slight complexity of design. However the complexity was deemed to be minimal and I was allowed to put the lights on the plane as shown below.
Then this Saturday, we decided to do a night flight testing the LED lights. Overall it turned out very well. Inclusively, our leader, Mark Jacobsen, made a small LED setup to put on the payload to make it easier to find.
A short video of the night flight is shown below.