Under Layout Lighting - What are you using?

I am interested in under layout lighting that is:

  • bright
  • switchable (on/off)
  • relatively inexpensive
  • easy to install
  • doesn't take up too much space

I'm thinking LEDs, but would like your thoughts (including details, part numbers, suppliers).

Many thanks,

George

TCA, NMRA, PRRT&HS Modeling the PRR Panhandle Division between 1948-1957.

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I have had good luck with these.  

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Dan Padova

 

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I just use led 12 vdc strips, about $8 to $10 for 5 meters. I run them off my 12 vdc accessory power supply with a $2 rocker switch. I also have them in between levels to light storage tracks. They also light my grandkids layout and play area, which one just organized, as you can see.lights 2lights

John

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what are you lighting up under the layout?  The wiring maybe?

The wiring is my primary concern.  Once I have the track power installed, there will still be switch buses, light buses, accessory buses, and individual structures to tie to them.  And if I have to get under the layout to do maintenance, I want to be able to see and not carry my own light source.

George

TCA, NMRA, PRRT&HS Modeling the PRR Panhandle Division between 1948-1957.

Those rope lights, effectively mounted, can really be nice. However, having around 215 linear feet of around the wall benchwork it seemed a little daunting to install that much rope lighting so I simply use L.E.D. head lamp and occasionally a fluorescent work light.

Plus the fact that  the underneath of my layout is not a dark solid deck island but mostly 3(+/-) foot width, 42" high avg. of free standing cantilevered legless benchwork /shelving in a brightly illuminated basement.

Head light

Work light

26 watt.

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