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LED light boards for N scale buildings

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LED light boards for N scale buildings
Posted by Benjamin Maggi on Thursday, November 7, 2019 9:56 AM

A T-trak (n scale) layout module I am working on will have a lot of small structures, and I am thinking about installing LED interior lights. I am hoping that some company makes LEDs that are mounted to flat circuit boards with wires and any necessry resisters that I can just tape to the inside of the building wall or roof to light up the inside. Does such a thing exist?

If not, does anyone remember an article in MR or elsewhere that might have covered this? Thanks.

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Posted by rrinker on Thursday, November 7, 2019 10:06 AM

 You are pretty much describing LED tape, usually used for things like accent lighting (and I'm planning to use this for overall layotu lighting). Usually comes on reels, about 3 meters long, but they are almsot always wired such that you can cut apart in groups of 3 LEDs (the tapes are marked with lines where you can cut).

 There are several people here usign them for lighting passenger cars, no reason why they wouldn't also work in structures.

Individual small surface mount LEDs with wires pre-attached are also available from several places, including low cost Chinese sellers on eBay, you would then run all the wiring to some point of the structure and attach a connector of your choice to allow the structure to be unplugged and removed from the layout. This would likely look better, as 3 LEDs in one room of a structure is probably too much light. You'd just tape the tiny LEDs to the ceiling by the wires. Or a dab of clear drying glue could hold them in place.

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Posted by York1 on Thursday, November 7, 2019 10:12 AM

Benjamin Maggi
I am hoping that some company makes LEDs that are mounted to flat circuit boards with wires and any necessry resisters that I can just tape to the inside of the building wall or roof to light up the inside. Does such a thing exist?

 

Here is a link to one of the ebay sites I have used in my N Scale buildings.  I like them because they mount easily to the inside ceilings, and the resistor is built in.  The boards are about one centimeter square.

 

 

https://www.ebay.com/str/evemodelusa

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Posted by Benjamin Maggi on Thursday, November 7, 2019 11:44 AM

That is EXACTLY what I am thinking of! Thanks.

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