On Wed, 24 Jan 2018 00:06:25 +0000, amateur wrote:
Plenty of Dolls House sites out there, with proper scale fittings,
wiring accesories, etc.
Or would MES (E10) pea bulbs and batten holders
Or high brightness white LEDs, but they tend to be rather directional
and I'm not sure how you'd mount them.
Fine wires and a dob of hotglue. That's if you want lighting rather than
authentic fittings. I'd try for an edge mount led or a 3mm package, in
very warm white and fiddle with the dropper resistor until it looks good.
You can get rolls of self adhesive copper tape that may be easier to
apply than fine wires and applying hot glue in a confined space. . It
stays flat and can be painted or covered my the wallpapers designed
for dolls houses.
Naturally this should only be used for low voltage supplies which the
OP has indicated he will be using.
I've also used the tape to get connect a door bell push withouth
drilling holes in a doorframe. Tape fitted through the small gap
between door jam and frame and once painted was not noticiable unless
you looked close.
I lit one for my granddaughter last year, I regret not documenting it
with photos, but I'll describe it.
The house is one of those MDF ones that have become almost ubiquitous.
I elected to use a good quality 12v wall wart placed out of reach
This was plugged into this cheap controller (the mini 24 key variant)
mounted on the side of the house. You can switch the floors
independently, dim them, and do silly flashing effects.
This gives you three channels for LED lights, ostensibly red green and
blue, but I used all white LEDs and the channels are wired to the
downstairs, upstairs and attic respectively. I used series resistors
I used thin twisted pairs salvaged from an unwanted CAT5 cable. Hiding
the wiring between floors by removing the backplane of the house and
tacking the wiring up the edges of the walls. I didn't attempt to
conceal the runs from the back to the centre of the ceilings, you may
have carpets etc.
The lampshades were fun. I used some round coloured shades from a
string of Chinese mini lanterns for the living rooms, for the attic
rooms I used the clear plastic caps from "Fruit Shoot" drink bottles,
sort of round bulk-head style.
As an alternative to the CAT5, you could use enamelled copper wire, as
used for motors and transformers. Get the type where the insulation
allows you to solder to them without scraping the enamel off first.
That is much thinner than the cores of CAT5.
Lots of battery powered Christmas lights sold off in last
few weeks. You might look in Poundland, Robert Dyas, Maplin,
etc and see if there are any left.
These could easily be broken up if required and distributed
around a dolls house.
I did something similar for my niece, but with couple of
minature jewelry cabinets with glass fronts, and semi-
concealed LEDs, and a little CMOS circuit to do the
toggle on/off hidden push button. Used surface mount LEDs
on a length of veroboard.
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If you want a ready made solution try
Available from many model train stores both on (e.g. Hattons
(Liverpool) and Rails of Sheffield and off line.
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