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    Ok general question. What does everyone use to light their buildings? I have a mixture of led and regular bulbs. I'm just curious.

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    I'm still stuck in the 19th century and use Miniatronics filament bulbs for all of my building lighting. I adjust the voltage to a few ticks below max to extend the life of the bulbs (IE 1.3V on 1.5V bulbs, 9V on 12V bulbs, etc).



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    I have a mixture of incandescent and LED lighting also. I am gradually replacing the incandescents. On my "next" layout I will pay more attention to lighting as I go, and use only LEDs. As can be seen on this forum, the possibilities are amazing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ErieL47 View Post
    Ok general question. What does everyone use to light their buildings? I have a mixture of led and regular bulbs. I'm just curious.

    Ryan
    LEDs. All LEDs. If you like the look of incandescent light you get the "warm white" LEDs.

    Most of my LEDs are not directly powered by a DC voltage with a current limiting resistor, but rather with a small LED driver device so you do not have to worry about calculating resistor values, the driver supplies 20 mA automatically (up to a point).

    I have a write-up here -

    https://www.nscale.net/forums/showth...y-LED-lighting

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    SMD LEDs. They're low voltage, low amps, easy to find, and affordable.

    It can be a little tricky hooking everything up when you have a bunch of lights on the same building, but it's worth the effort.

    One of my more complex structures to light was the mine:






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    Makes it all look amazing in low light doesn't it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nskale View Post
    Makes it all look amazing in low light doesn't it?

    CAUTION: Lighting may be addictive.

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    I too use only LEDs. I have my layout set in "grids". Powered by a 12v supply, then run into a Drok Buck converter https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
    This allows me to adjust the voltage and amperage to each set of lights connected.

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    That is really impressive. I have the SMD strips that I found on ebay, they were relatively cheap but mounting them kinda sucked. They were on this hard PCB boards and they were big. So I'm going to be relighting them with the warm LEDs.

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    I might be the only one... but I'm using the "Just Plug" lighting system. While I'm using the base system for the electrical components and adjusting light levels, I'm trying to find an alternate source for the lights themselves.
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    I'm using the "Just Plug" lighting system as well. Its a bit expensive when working on the whole layout, but so far is headache-free.

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    I use Leds also, either wired to a we honest hub, and fine tuned with resistors, or wired to a 5v power supply (aka phone charger) Actually, the we honest hub runs on 5v from a phone charger too. Everything fun outside of model railroading (arduinos, leds, etc, ) runs on 3.3 or 5v. Was just easier for me since a lot of my lighting to date is in standalone buildings.
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