Model Railway Electrics - Build you own street
This has got to be
the most simple electronic project you can do.
Below is a
1. Take the pen stopper or pen
lid and cut a notch out of it to allow the light to shine out. The light bulb
should just fit inside the pen stopper/pen lid. Alternatively you can make a
tube out of card, cutting a notch in the tube for the light to shine out of. You
will need to block on end to prevent light from escaping. If for any reason
light is shining through the light shade rap tin foil around the top of the
light. This will block the light.
2. Paint the light shade black
or white and paint a straw metallic silver. Cut this straw to the desired
3. Solder the wires to the
light. Push the bulb into the light shade and then thread the wires down the
straw. You might need to paint the back of the light bulb the same colour as the
shade once installed.
4. Drill a hole in your base
board. this hole should be the same size as the straw at the top and halfway
down the hole should be smaller. This will stop the light falling through the
board and give it so support.
5. Connect the switch and
battery and the light is finished. Use them on alternative sides of the street
for best effect.
This is the easiest
electronic project and very inexpensive. I have described the items I have used,
these were items that I found around the house. You don't need to use the items
I have used. This page only describes what I have done. Feel free to use the
bits you like and improve on the bits you don't. I have joined two of the lights
(using one straw) to make a double arm light.