Adding lights

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Don’t overdo it

It’s easy to get carried away with interior lighting and light up everything, but make sure that you are being realistic. Look down your street at night, not every house has every light on. Pick one or two windows per house and vary it.

Don’t make it complicated

Remember that it’s only a bulb from a power supply. Hornby’s Skale Lighting is a range of dedicated parts for interior lighting without messing about with soldering. Plug the bulb into the power strip, fix in place and it’s ready.

Battery power

Connect your bulbs to a snap-connecting terminal and hook up a 9V battery. This will provide enough voltage for a few buildings whilst leaving a gentle lighting effect, rather than the brighter lights that a 12V transformer would give.

Paint it black

For buildings made from thinner materials, paint the inside walls black or add an extra layer of material to the inside to prevent light seepage. You may find that the kitchen light also illuminates the bedroom if you don’t.

Get the Gear

Non-conductive and heat resistant, Epoxy Resin is great for fixing lights to buildings and stiffening the wires. Apply it to the bulb-feed wires to make them rigid and easier to position. Speed Epoxy is amongst the best, available from www.gaugemaster.com for £9.85.