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Making light work of lighting a dolls’ house

June 2nd, 2012

Of course putting lighting in a dolls’ house is easy – just watch the Masterclass on the Dolls House Emporium website – but the experience of one blogger may just ring a few bells…!

 “I remember the first time, a couple of years ago, I proudly wired up a plug to a scale model light and got it to work. 

“I did not believe that I could be doing it right in any way whatsoever.  I mean, who in their right mind spends time doing it if what I was doing was anywhere near correct? 

“I’m sure there are better ways but plug pins held in straight nosed pliers, wire ends as fine as fairy hair – the pins flew around the room with a life of their own and were nigh on impossible to relocate. Scrabbling around on hands and knees with magnet in hand – oh, boy”. 

Not that the blogger from The Infill website was deterred by their early experience and they are now wrestling with lighting a project based on a Medieval/Jacobean Great Hall.

No thinking small with this person who is committed in their own words to “learning as I go along”.

Addressing the issue of getting the lighting right, the blogger decided on flicker to replicate the effect of candlelight.

“Today, with a short length of scrap wiring I jury rigged the new flicker unit with one of the Great Hall wall torches and a cast iron brazier…  I tried it with a 9V battery to see if the old wire worked.  It gave a minimal light so the circuit was complete.  It needed a mains supply if it was going to run the 10-12 bulbs per channel allowed on this 2 channel flicker unit.

“I trotted round the other side of the house model and filched the power set up and lighting strip.  (Thank goodness all the plugs I yanked are labelled!)  The whole thing worked nicely…”

It’s amazing what you can achieve when you set your mind to it and especially when the blogger in question is “…not of the generation that was given a hammer and saw to play with.”

There’s hope for all us.



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