Lighting is probably the most scary project for me in miniatures. Even though while in college, as a part of my Architectural Technology program we had to take course in Electrical Servicing, I am still very intimidated by the wiring of my miniatures.
I had picked up a set of battery operated LED lights from Grandpa's Dollhouse. The set had been in my electrical drawer of my workroom for over a year, waiting for me to get brave enough to use them. I tested one of the four LED lights in the kit to the battery pack, and wow, I got light!
Now the question was, do I wire the rest in series or parallel wiring (this is where knowing a little too much information on electricity can be more dangerous the good). First I tried wiring the four in series, no success, they didn't light. Then I tried wiring them in parallel and I got results, ah-ah, success! Four working lights, even though one light does look duller than the rest. Not being familiar enough with LED lighting I don't know if this is the norm.
This is the packaging instructions included with the four light kit.
I went ahead and drilled four holes into the ceiling of the bookstore.
Added four grommets, to give the appearance of pot lights, and then dropped in the LED lighting from the top down into these "pots."
My results, well, looks like I will be looking at a Plan B again. The LED lights, although looking wonderful on the table top, were simply not bright enough to light the room. More to follow on Plan B.
Until the next time.....