Dollhouse Lighting

Dollhouse Lighting is one way you can really bring your dolls house to life. Lighting adds warmth and a feeling of homeliness to your dolls house and really is something you should consider doing and it is easier than you think.

There are lots of working lights available in miniature and as with your own home you can get ceiling lights, wall lights and table and floor lamps. Miniature lights should all come with a bulb and a miniature plug so you can fit them easily into your dolls house. Doll House Light

It is quite easy to light your doll house yourself and we have a step by step guide to take you through the process and make sure you don’t make any mistakes. Click Dollhouse Lighting to find out more.

To give you a bit more information about lighting here are the basics: There are two basic methods for doll house wiring your dolls house: copper tape and the twin wire or socket strip method. Although both are frequently used in dolls houses many dolls house shops and builders recommend the twin wire method as being the easiest for beginners. I will explain both here:

Copper Tape Method of dollhouse lighting

The copper tape method of dollhouse lighting uses a very thin strip of adhesive copper tape to conduct electricity around your dolls house. To use this method you would run two parallel lines of copper tape right around your dolls house forming a continuous loop. If your dolls house is front opening the best option here would be to run the parallel lines right around the back of the dolls house. You can then attach the wires from each light in the house to the copper tape by drilling a tiny hole in the back of the house and passing the wire through. The normal method for attaching wires to the copper tape is to solder them on. Once you have connected your lights you can connect a transformer plug to the copper tape, plug it in and your house should light up.

This method is more often used for houses that are not front opening as the copper tape can be run around the house and hidden under flooring and wall paper. One point I will mention is that copper tape can be eroded by adhesives and does break which is why it is not the favored method of many miniaturists.

The twin wire or socket strip method of dollhouse lighting uses a combination of wires, plugs and sockets to connect lights in your dolls house to a power source. This method is easier to modify, easier to install, is less likely to break and is cheaper than the copper tape method. This is how it works:

Lights are fitted into each room of your dolls house. Lights normally come with 60cm of wire with a standard sized plug on the end. The wire from each light is run either to a point in the house where you have decided to place your socket board or out of the back of the house to where you socket board is attached. In front opening houses it is easy to attach a socket board to back of the house and drill a tiny hole in the back of each room to run you wires through. The plugs at the and of the wire is then plugged into your socket board. You socket board is attached to a transformer which plugs into any normal household socket to supply your house with electricity. It really is that simple.


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