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LIghting effects, lighting for buidlings, for vehicle models
I don't know of any model train layout that has the amount of lighting that my layout  has To me, it is what makes this layout special.
Lamp posts had grain-of-wheat incandescent.  I changed to LED
Lamp posts had grain-of-wheat incandescent. I changed to LED
MacDonald Cartage and Storage
MacDonald Cartage and Storage
Sturgeon Welding and Train Repair shop
Sturgeon Welding and Train Repair shop
Railroad station
Railroad station
Esso bulk fuels.  Esso sign is animated
Esso bulk fuels. Esso sign is animated
Curtis Feed Mill had no lights
Curtis Feed Mill had no lights
Red building had no lights.   Each floor lights up/goes out randomly.
Red building had no lights. Each floor lights up/goes out randomly.
Westland Lumber mill
Westland Lumber mill
Vehicles
No vehicles had lights, so I put some in.    In each vehcile I installed 2 white LEDs for headlights, and 2 red LEDs for taillights.  In each case, I took the model completely apart and drilled holes for the LEDs or the wires to fish through.  Since I was using 12 volts DC throughout the system, I was able to wire the LEDs in series with a dropping resistor, simplifying the wiring significantly.   I.E., intead of 8 wires and 4 resistors for each model, I used 2 wires and one resistor.  I wired about 20 models, with more to come.
RCMP Police Car
RCMP Police Car
Frame exposed
Frame exposed
In this case I used light fiber tubes to get the light to the headlights
In this case I used light fiber tubes to get the light to the headlights
This LED was used to light up the cab of a dump truck
This LED was used to light up the cab of a dump truck
A bunch of cars wired and LEDs installed
A bunch of cars wired and LEDs installed
Dump truck had 6 lights, 2 extra for the safety light bar
Dump truck had 6 lights, 2 extra for the safety light bar
There are 4 LEDs and one resistor on this car.  Note only 2 wires for power
There are 4 LEDs and one resistor on this car. Note only 2 wires for power
Green dump truck
Green dump truck
Box of vehicles ready for placement on the layout
Box of vehicles ready for placement on the layout
Here's a couple vehicles lit up on test bench
Here's a couple vehicles lit up on test bench
Sport truck shown placed on layout, same truck as in #10
Sport truck shown placed on layout, same truck as in #10
Vehicles lit up in parking lot of train station
Vehicles lit up in parking lot of train station
All the vehicles lit up before placement
All the vehicles lit up before placement
And this is how they look with the power off to their LEDs
And this is how they look with the power off to their LEDs
Underside of the tow truck
Underside of the tow truck


video pan of the entire layout, lit up
 
 
Blinking Esso sign
 
Alternating room lights
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None of the pre-made buildings or kits  that I bought  had lights in them.  At first I was installing tiny "grain-of-wheat" incandescent bulbs but the current draw became too large so I switched to LED lights throughout.   There are no incandescent bulbs in the layout.
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