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LED Lighting for an Old Style Country Train Station

Victor writes:

“What lighting should I use for above the doors of an older style ’50s country train station I’m going to build? I want the lights facing downward, and be in keeping with the scene. Would yellow 3mm LED’s above the doors under the overhang work? I know I’ll need to allow space for wires and resistors. I’m fishing for ideas if someone can help.”

2 Responses to LED Lighting for an Old Style Country Train Station

  • Kevin Chingsays:

    Hi Victor
    I use the small 0402 smd leds in cool white wich are available from Wish for a few dollars these come with fine wires attached and are easy to glue to the structure with a drop of super glue and you can solder the resistors to the end of the red wire well out of sight

  • Frank Bsays:

    I would advise warm white LEDs, which emulate the colour of the incadescent filament lamps which would have been in use at that time. Cool white lighting is a modern invention.

    SMD LEDs come in a variety of sizes (the smaller ones are very dificult to solder).

    If SMDs are difficult to handle, use ordinary 5mm or 3mm “straw hat” LEDs. These give a wide beam suitable for area lighting, as opposed the “bullet” LEDs which give a spotlight beam.

    LED strip is available in 12V or 5V, and is very useful for building interiors.

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