Doll House Lighting
Let your Doll House shine with the right lighting!
Doll house lighting is an important part of decorating your doll house. Even though it may sound like a difficult task, especially when it comes to setting up the wiring inside the small doll houses, doll house lighting is in fact quite simple with doll house wiring kits. With these kits, even novice doll house enthusiasts will be able to set up a good doll house lighting system without much hard work.
It is always better to plan out the doll house lighting of your doll house, even before you build it. This will make it easier to incorporate the wiring, and conceal any unwanted wires running across a room. While the doll house is being built, the wiring can be included in the right way, to ensure everything goes in perfectly.
But before you can begin work on your doll house lighting, you need to be clear about the basics. There are two methods of wiring a doll house, using a copper tape method and the twin wire or socket strip method. The copper tape method, as the name suggests, uses a strip of copper tape to conduct electricity around the doll house. You will need to form a continuous loop around the house, with two parallel lines of tape. Each light is then attached to the copper tape, after which you connect a transform plug to the tape and then plug it in.
The twin wire or socket strip method is the better option for novices. It employs a combination of plugs, sockets and wires, to connect the lights inside the doll house to the power source. All the wires from the lights are taken to the point where the socket board will be placed, which can either be in the house or out at the back, which are then plugged into the socket board. The socket board in turn is then attached to a transformer plug, which is then plugged in to receive electricity. This technique is cheaper and easier to manage, as compared to the copper tape method.
Now that you are a little clearer with the basics, you need to begin the doll house lighting process by first deciding on the locations of all the lights in the doll house. This is important in order to get the right socket board and transformer for your doll house. Once you are clear on the lighting plan, you need to get all the basic materials required to complete the doll house lighting. This includes the wires, the transformer and the bulbs and light holders. An average socket board has 12 plug sockets, so in case you need any more, be sure to get the extra socket boards.
In case your doll house is large, and you want extensive doll house lighting, it is advisable to use separate circuits for different parts of the house. This reduces chances of any faults occurring, and also eases the resolution of any faults. When putting up the wiring, start with a particular section of the house, and then move onto the next. This way you can break down your doll house lighting project into smaller and easier tasks, which can be spread over a few days, in the case of big houses.
While placing the socket board, make sure it is easily accessible as you will need to use it when correcting faults etc. While drilling holes through the walls of your doll house, for the wires to pass through, be careful if you are using power tools. Some basic types of lights are ceiling lights, wall lights, table lamps and standing lamps.
Only after you have completed the drilling of holes, should then begin positioning the lights. To successfully pull the wire through the drilled holed to the bulbs, you will need to remove the plug from the end of the wire, which can be done by removing the two pins and then pulling off the plug. Always use adhesive tape while fixing the light, not glue. After fixing the light, refit the plug and you are ready to plug in the light into the socket board. Just some basic knowledge, and careful planning can go a long way in making your doll house lighting a success.