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LED Street Lighting on my layout

Postby Towers » Wed Mar 25, 2015 11:06 pm

I found recently on eBay someone selling 1:500 scale LED street lighting. It was direct from China so the price was super cheap. I thought I'd order some, well 30 of them, only £15 with free P+P!!! They arrived today and I have now installed 13 of them so far and I have to say I am very impressed. The only issues were that the angle of the street lights needed a bit of adjustment and they needed painting as the lamp covers are made of copper and it would look a bit weird leaving them as is. They run on 3v, so I nipped into poindland to grab whatever item used 2 AA or AAA batteries and nabbed it to get the battery housing out of it.

After lots of soldering, its now done. Maybe at some point I'll work out how to hook it up to the USB 5v power supply already in the case and add a switch to it and maybe a variable power knob to make them a bit dimmer.

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Re: LED Street Lighting on my layout

Postby mattd10 » Thu Mar 26, 2015 12:50 pm

What a great find! I agree that they maybe need to be toned down a touch, but I'm sure fitting a variable resistor in the circuit or even just powering it from one battery will help! Always love night shots of a layout!
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Re: LED Street Lighting on my layout

Postby dkightley » Thu Mar 26, 2015 4:34 pm

For anyone wanting to have a go at diy lighting columns, the smallest leds available at present seem to be 1.0mm x 0.6mm x 0.5mm. One supplier on Ebay:
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/C0402W-20pcs-Pre-soldered-micro-0-1mm-Copper-Wired-WHITE-SMD-Led-0402-NEW-/111429552429?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_3&hash=item19f1b8092d

You'll just need some micro bore brass tubing...and hours of patience!


Now if I had unlimited time and resources, I'd go for a couple of thousand of these for The Bridge.....wouldn't it look good, though?! :shock:
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