Thursday 10 November 2011

There's something about Christmas!

With Christmas approaching, all those lovely Christmas lights are appearing on shop shelves, and this year more than ever before, many of the lights are LEDs.  They are diffused which makes them useful for dollshouse lighting, and they are relatively cheap which makes them even better for dollshouse lighting.

Big W in Australia (a bit like Walmart in the States) has a string of 20 lamps with battery box and switch for about $2 or if you like doing it yourself and pulling things apart, and getting them back together so they work which is the trickier bit,  you can get a string of 200 for about $20. This includes a transformer, which is rated at 22 volts - too high for normal dollshouse work.

This is what comes for $2. Note:  This is cool white

Now come the penalty clauses - you need to be selective. The best LEDs I have found are about 5mm diameter cylinders with dished tops (not domed like normal LEDs), which helps to diffuse the light. Go for warm white which gives a pleasant colour similar to a normal light bulb.

Picture on left shows dished bulb. 
Picture on right shows warm white and cool white.

Cool white has a bluish tint to it, which is OK if you want a fluorescent lamp look.  If the packaging just says white, you could end up with anything, but most likely cool white.

If you are pulling things to bits, LEDs are more sensitive than normal light bulbs and tend to die if connected incorrectly. They need a DC supply of the correct voltage (not 12 volts)  and they need to be connected the right way round - long lead to positive.

If you need more information on how to connect them successfully, fell free to contact me.


  1. Thank you for this information. It is a most useful idea.

  2. I am using LED lights for my dollhouse as well but not the Xmas ones.

    Tried using these for candle light effect but the setting up is finicky and the wires a bit hard to hide :). I do find them a good substitute though and will want to keep trying.Will definitely take you up on your offer to teach re-wiring , Lidi.

  3. Que bom você dividir essas informações conosco, por favor se puder me mande mais detalhes sobre essa conexão para o meu e-mail já agradeço a atenção...Abraços...

  4. Köszi a jó ötletet, alkalomadtán részletekért jelentkezem :)Anda

  5. Thanks Lidi. I will be down to Big W as fast as I can for these lights and with a husband who is qualified in the electrical trade, I have a ready-made fixer of any problems!
    Thanks for the ideas.

  6. Leds are great for DH, and this option is cheaper then others I know where a bulk of 20 Led lights can be rather expensive...I am looking for them, thanks for the tip :)

  7. Gracias por la información.