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Make Your Own Dollhouse Lights

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Working lights and lamps for a dolls' house are not a difficult thing to make. Beads and other found objects make great lamp bases, and you can easily buy pre wired bulbs on cords from a dollhouse supplier. These tutorials show you how to make a range of lighting effects using led's, and prewired miniature bulbs on sockets. Instructions for battery operated lights are included as well as lights that are wired in to circuits on a transformer.

Make A Flickering Miniature Fire from LED's

A miniature fire appears real in the dark.
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This miniature fire is made from three colored LEDs. It flashes and flickers realistically, without putting out a lot of heat, making it idea for tight locations in a dolls house. You can set it in a fireplace, a barbeque pit, or a kitchen range, without worrying about the heat produced by the led bulbs. Depending on the type of LED's you use, the fire can be powered by AC (alternating) current, or DC (direct current) from a transformer or a battery pack.

Although you can create a similar effect with blinking regular bulbs or a mixture of red and clear bulbs commonly sold for dollhouse fires, the fires powered by regular bulbs will give off too much heat to allow them to be set behind a fireplace grate under a mantel, or inside a dolls house range.

Make a Rustic Miniature Bear Table Lamp

Miniature table lamp made from a bear shaped bead.
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Made from a bead, this Bear Table Lamp is great for a miniature cottage or a den. If you make a more sophisticated lamp shade, and use a glass or patterned bead instead of a tiny bear, you can make all kinds of table lamps using the same technique. Many dollhouse table lamps can be built using a bead which has a large enough hole to allow wires for a bulb to pass through.

Make a Miniature Waterfall Chandelier from Beads

A modern waterfall chandelier with a working light, in dolls house scale.
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Bugle Beads and jewelry findings are the building blocks for this simple Miniature Waterfall Chandelier These instructions can be used to make a ceiling lamp as shown, or to add crystals to wall sconces or other lamps. It is impooratant to use beads which sparkle and reflect light, to give the miniature chandelier a more realistic effect. Cut crystal beads are often a better choice than less expensive pressed glass beads for this reason.

Make a Miniature Reading Lamp, With a Sheet Brass or Acorn Shade

Miniature reading lamp for a mouse house made from an acorn and an LED
Photo © 2011 Lesley Shepherd

This reading lamp can be made for a whimsical setting using an acorn shade as shown, or you can assemble it with a standard shade made from sheet brass. The lamp uses a cool runing LED light source and can be wired into a dollhouse lighting system or used with a battery operated LED.

Make a Miniature Working Lighthouse Lamp

A working miniature light house made with a flashing LED
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If you want a tiny lighthouse for a seaside display, or you want to bring the look of a cottage into a miniature project, this tiny lighthouse made from a stable or blinking LED, scraps of wood and a bead is an easy project.

You can also make the lighthouses without a working bulb, or make several without a working bulb and one which works to set in a dolls house shop display.

Make a Working Trouble Light For a Miniature Garage

A die cast car engine lit up by a working model trouble light in 1:18 scale.
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This working trouble light for a die cast car or miniature garage was designed to be built around an led bulb so it doesn't give off heat that might damage parts of a model car. The light is easy to assemble from common materials, and is designed to be connected to a 9 volt battery so it can be operated without a full transformer to light up a single car engine on a shelf. As shown in these instructions it is built to 1:18 scale, but it is easy to modify the lamp surround to make it work in different scales.

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