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How to lighten up Modular Houses best?

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Hi everybody

I used the search but couldn't find something on lighting up Modular Houses, but I guess it was discussed here somewhere. If yes, maybe you can share the link.

If not, what is the best way to lighten up my city? I found several suppliers but not sure which one would be best for my application. My houses are on a shelf wich is a tiny bit wider than 32 studs and three meters long (yes, I know, I ran out of space for all Modular Houses). On one side is a wall socket. I do not have space for one or more multi sockets behind the Lego buildings and I do not want to modify any bricks!

Can you guys recommend something? Preferably ready.made kits.
Thanks for your help in advance,

Georg

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11 hours ago, AFOLguy1970 said:

Are you referring to something like this?

https://www.lightmybricks.com/collections/lego-modular-buildings-light-kits

I think these are battery based and therefore will not depend on where your outlets are.  I cannot say I have ever tried a kit as they are not cheap, but they might be something to consider.  

Yes, that's exactly what I meant. There are several different kits around from different companies, some expensive, some not so much and I have no idea which to choose.
I once bought several 1x6 and 1x8 plates with LEDs and USB connection, which are okay, but kind of universal. Would prefer some adapted kit for the respective building.

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On 1/3/2020 at 5:15 PM, Joebot said:

Brick Loot also sells individual lighting kits designed for Modulars and other sets. I got this one for Christmas, and it's very cool.

https://www.amazon.com/Brick-Loot-Fishing-Lighting-Included/dp/B07FXTNH4N/ref=sr_1_12?keywords=loot+bricks+lighting+kit&qid=1578067854&sr=8-12

 

It's expensive, for sure, but very high quality parts and a clever design. 

Thanks for your assessment, Joebot.

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I really like the idea with "IBrix", hoping they are going to develop it because it really needs some improvements. In fact the only lightning system I would spend my money on. 

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On 1/3/2020 at 12:14 AM, GCO said:

If not, what is the best way to lighten up my city? I found several suppliers but not sure which one would be best for my application. 

[...] and I do not want to modify any bricks

Can you guys recommend something? Preferably ready.made kits.

In my opinion the best supplier for devices to lighten up your Lego city is - Lego. Also because it's, well, Lego. Especially the Light & Sound stuff (high quality electric parts still working well today which don't even cost much, see Bricklink) is quite helpful here. This way you don't need any third party parts (and definitely no modified bricks). I'm using a combination of PF LEDs and L&S lights for my City layout, even for vehicles. If you're interested in such things, you may want to take a look here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/er0l/albums/72157646066952981

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Maybe I'm just cheap and not especially picky, but when it comes to (uniformly) lighting large structures (like a modular or a City street) I've had good luck with plain old Christmas white LED strands.  I happened across them in an after christmas sale a few years ago  - three foot strand, battery box with switch, one bulb about every 3 inches.  The brand I picked up were some generic made for Ace Hardware the LEDs were a snug fit for a Technic axle hole or the inside of a trans 1x1 round  and the wire was fine enough to bury in the gap created by two palisade bricks side by side.  It's not a great solution if you only want one or two lights; hiding an unwanted light mid-strand is a pain; and, all your switches control lights by the dozen - not the room, but at $3 a strand, I got two dozen lights (with battery boxes and switches) for the price of a single PF LED cable from Lego.

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On 1/9/2020 at 10:00 PM, ShaydDeGrai said:

Maybe I'm just cheap and not especially picky

Same here! :wink:

What I do is getting several metric meters or imperial yards of these RGB LED strands. You can cut them every 10 - 15 cm (3.93700787401574 - 5.90551181102 inch) to length. Then I get the required 12V controllers (including remote!) for about $3 each from China. Very little soldering is required - and then you have full control: A TV set is "simulated" by the "fade" program set to fast; in addition all colors can be created easily. Its fun. And cheap. And very powerful.

All the best,
Thorsten

 

 

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Lot of options for lighting Modulars.  RGB pixels are great, you need some computer control to individually control the pixels  (i.e. light each pixel different color....you can vary they warmth of the light....also you could light any color you desire).  The RGB lighting where the whole string is the same color works well too.  Issue here is all the lights will be the same color....cannot vary the warmth of your white lights.  Going with Christmas LED's is another great option.  LED's tend to be more cold lighting...blue tint.  

Easiest option is to find some Christmas white light you like.  If you can find a set of warm white and one of cold white bulbs then you could make your own string and be good to go.  What really helps is if you can vary the warmth (color) of the bulbs per building.  This helps set things apart and gives a great look.

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Another option is to buy SMD LED's, resistors, thin wire and do the soldering by yourself. It's less expensive but more time consuming. 

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