Lighting for low relief Factories

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Lighting for low relief Factories

Postby Tom@Crewe » Sat May 30, 2015 10:33 am

I have just built 2 card Low Relief Buildings, I have been planning to add lighting to the layout and I have had a few ideas how to add lighting to these buildings but rather than go ahead blindly I thought I would ask here first.

1. EL Sheeting - easy, repetitively expensive but colour of effect seems off for my era 5 layout
2. LED strip - I would have to cut out back-scene and create some sort of light box
3. Grain of wheat bulbs - as above for but out and a little more fiddly than LED's

Have you done any of these methods or can you suggest best way??

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Re: Lighting for low relief Factories

Postby Bufferstop » Sat May 30, 2015 11:53 am

LEDs don't need too much space behind the facade, you rarely see an older building with all windows equally illuminated, so you dont need to put the light source too far back. I'd put LEDs in the spaces between windows, lighting up a white back wall.. You need a warm light LED and don't run them at full voltage. Grain of wheat bulbs take more power, have shorter lives and need more clearance as they run hotter. Even an EL sheet needs a light box, just not such a deep one. They can also have odd tints, ghostly green seems common, they also need higher voltages.
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Re: Lighting for low relief Factories

Postby Bufferstop » Sat May 30, 2015 11:55 am

LEDs don't need too much space behind the facade, you rarely see an older building with all windows equally illuminated, so you dont need to put the light source too far back. I'd put LEDs in the spaces between windows, lighting up a white back wall.. You need a warm white LED and don't run them at full voltage. Grain of wheat bulbs take more power, have shorter lives and need more clearance as they run hotter. Even an EL sheet needs a light box, just not such a deep one. They can also have odd tints, ghostly green seems common, they also need higher voltages.
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Re: Lighting for low relief Factories

Postby Tom@Crewe » Sat May 30, 2015 5:51 pm

I heard you the first time 'Buffer stop' thanks anyway :lol:
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Re: Lighting for low relief Factories

Postby Tom@Crewe » Sun May 31, 2015 6:34 am

A 5 meter strip of warm LED's 12 volt on order from e-bay £7.49
I will not light every window and blank some off to vary the light.
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Re: Lighting for low relief Factories

Postby Tom@Crewe » Thu Jun 11, 2015 5:01 pm

LED's cut and fitted....also working.

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Re: Lighting for low relief Factories

Postby Bufferstop » Thu Jun 11, 2015 7:39 pm

Nicely done!
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Re: Lighting for low relief Factories

Postby Kentishman » Fri Jun 12, 2015 8:40 pm

Tom@Crewe wrote:A 5 meter strip of warm LED's 12 volt on order from e-bay £7.49
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Hello Tom,
would you give the Ebay site address please? I like the factories too, I've downloaded the sheets, just haven't got round to making them yet.
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KM

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Re: Lighting for low relief Factories

Postby Tom@Crewe » Sat Jun 13, 2015 6:51 am

I have given 2 links first the one I bought and second the one I should have bought.

1. http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/301640413156?_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649&var=600503374224&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

2. http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/5M-5050-LED-Warm-White-Strip-NonWaterproof-IP44-300-SMD-Lamp-Flexible-Adhesive-/301591308003

The one I bought was waterproof, when you cut the lengths you have to remove the coating from the contacts and it a little thicker. I have used the waterproof item for the warehouses and I am pleased with the result But for future I will get the Non-waterproof item. Its a little more expensive but better for railway use (unless of course your railway is outside)
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Re: Lighting for low relief Factories

Postby Tom@Crewe » Sun Jun 14, 2015 6:04 am

Second factory finished too. (the picture taken on my phone does not do justice to the lighting effect, its much better in real life)

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