PJ Knight
Hi Guys, now that the winter months are approaching I'm having severe difficulty working on my layout due
insufficient lighting.

What I have in mind is some simple strip lighting that I can mount on the wall above the back of the baseboard, has any 'bright sparks' (groan) got any ideas?
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Bunkerbarge
Lighting is always best if it is arranged to shine down on the scenery in a reasonably realistic way.  Strip lights work OK but, if you are starting from scratch I would look at the latest LED strips to conserve energy and cost as well as create the most realistic lighting.  Make sure they don't shine at you and create glare.
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PJ Knight
I have been thinking about LED strip lighting, just wondering if anybody has any experience with them? 
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Jaz Avalley JazAvalley

We have an LED fluorescent popped in to replace the original when it broke in the same fluorescent holder, works really nicely. Plus IF you already have furoesecent lighting no electrical work, just a new bulb bonus.

FYI IF you want realistic daytime light bulbs you can go for aquarium lights that grow plants, they are not cheap, and I do not know if they have been upgraded to LEDs. But the light from is closer to daylight than the equivalent.

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Iain Morrison wimorrison

I bought the 5m LED strips from China through a well known website and stuck them above the layout with a pelmet to stop the glare into my eyes. I run them using a 12v power supply and have to say they are very effective. I have seen a couple of exhibition layouts that have done the same by using white guttering turned upside down with the lights inside, again very effective.

I suggest that you want to get daylight white, not warm white 🙂

https://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_sacat=0&_nkw=5m+led+strip+5050+daylight&_sop=15


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MalcT
I purchased two 5ft LED battens that I have suspended from the ceiling in my garage where my layout is, as they are on chains I can alter the height if requiredIMG_1728.jpg 
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Jaz Avalley JazAvalley
If you have existing fluorescents, you can buy LED tubes with a shorting starter than replaces the old fluorescent starter, there by avoid a lot of electrical work

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Bunkerbarge
and they are a lot cheaper to run.
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