Lighting your layout.

Discussion in 'N / Z Scale Model Trains' started by SD90, May 23, 2003.

  1. SD90

    SD90 Active Member

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    I'm building a double deck layout, and I am looking for ideas what to use for lighting, both levels? Would you use the same kind of lights for both? Thank you in advance!
  2. Tyson Rayles

    Tyson Rayles Active Member

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    I guess that would depend on how much clearance you have above each deck.
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    60103 Pooh Bah

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    Using the same kind would be consistent. It might depend on the effects you want -- if you have a wide open prairie on one deck and a smoggy city on the other.
    Think about heat buildup -- look for low temperature bulbs. Suggestions anyone?
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    The first level is at 40" and the second one is at 60". I guess there would be about 15-18" clearance between the track and the bottom of the upper level benchwork.
  5. SD90

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    Bye the way, I am one and the same with CPRSD40-2, I just created a handle before thinking about it too much.
  6. SD90

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    I thought about using compact flourscent bulbs, ( the cork screw bulbs) every 2 feet or so. They are bright enough, the smae as a 60W incandescent, but I don't know if there would be too many light and dark areas. Anyone else ever used these?
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    Especially for the lower level lighting - think about what the underside of the upper level will be like - it will have probably as much affect on the lower level lighting as anything. Will it be a relatively smooth, reflective surface? What color? Etc.
  8. TR-Flyer

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    Hi:

    What about the "rope lights" that the kids are using as decorations? These are flexible and could be afixed to the bottom of the upper shelf to add light to the lower. It's not bright light but might be a nice effect. They are available in colors too, red, blue, etc.

    Regards,
    Ted
  9. SD90

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    I have some of those rope lights, and tried them but they don't give off enough light.