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Old 05-09-2017, 08:56 PM   #1
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Question Pelmet lights

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Wondered if anyone in layout land could help? I've built a pelmet over my small layout (8' x 1'6") and want to install lights. Has anyone used ones with success? I would like cheap to buy and run (cos I'm tight) with minimal wiring. Many thanks!

P.S. I'll upload some photos of the layout once er in doors puts them on the sight for me (cos I'm also thick when it comes to computers).
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These are an inexpensive option, just needs a small 12v supply.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/172680111884
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These are an inexpensive option, just needs a small 12v supply.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/172680111884
These work ok, can be cut every 3rd LED and have solder tabs so you make them and length you want, work well inside model buildings.
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Michael my mate uses leds a mix of warm white and cool white .they are very good on the eye they must have a DC supply ,they come in strips and as all ready mentioned can be cut into sections to suit your required lenth ,
hope this is of use to you
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Hi I forgot they can be obtained from Bob and Sue at LAYOUT4U in March Cambs very good people
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Cheaper from China.
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For overhead lighting warm white LEDs everytime.
You can add in red and blue LEDs too to give a more natural light. But it has to be done very carefully.
LED strips in 5Mtr lengths are far cheaper from Chinese suppliers and well worth the additional wait for postage.
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Talking Pelmet lighting

Thanks for the replies everyone. The consensus seems to be use LED strips. I've seen them for sale at shows but wondered if they gave out enough light when about 2' 6" above the baseboard. I will definitely pursue this suggestion.
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Cheap LED strip from China worked for me:



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Thanks for the replies everyone. The consensus seems to be use LED strips. I've seen them for sale at shows but wondered if they gave out enough light when about 2' 6" above the baseboard. I will definitely pursue this suggestion.
As they are so small, the strips are about 5mm wide, if they did not give you enough light you could just lay two strips side by side. I have them over my layout about 3-4ft above, mounted on the ceiling and give good light levels so you should be fine. Also very cheap and you might as well add whilst your installing, is an LED strip dimmer - about 2 from China for a remote control and small dimmer - you can then easily control the light output to suit. Just type "LED strip dimmer" in ebay and you'll find hundreds.
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