Dolls House Wiring for Lights and Fires from the Specialist
Doll's House Lighting Specialist Small World Products
David @ Little Houses Plus had over 10 Years wiring doll's houses working with Martin who owned Small World Products before his death in 2015
Now it's all together
SWP Easy-Wire system Wiring a Dolls House 1/12th or 1/24th
What are the advantages of using SWP Easy-Wire system method?
By using the SWP Easy-Wire system it lets you build your system a little at a time if you so wish
You don’t have to think about putting any any lights into your house until you have finished decorating
Two methods Copper Tape method Some soldering to do - Round-Wire Method No Soldering
Once you have wired your house, you will never see the wires again
Each run of wire for the lights or fires are separate from each otherif you have a fault it should only be on that run making it easy for you to find the fault
You can replace your lights at any time without having to redecorate.
Easily change of bulbs in your lights, as you can simply unplug your lights, take them out of your house, replace the bulb and plug them back in..
Turn on different lights in your house at any one time. This just brings your house to life, and adds to the enjoyment
If you going to have candles or fires you will be able to have them flickering this just brings your house to life, and adds to the enjoyment
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The items you will need just click on the picture to go straight there
Used for making electrical sockets in Copper tape to connect lights via plug-in backplates
Not suitable for ceilings at all
You use these for ceilings when using cooper tapeYou use these for Walls and Ceilings when using round wire
Round-Wire method you have to use these for all lights 1/12th
Grip Contact sockets,these are for plugging your lights into the wall ,they are grip your ceiling light in even a chandelier they will stay there on their own no need for glues,screws, nails or tacky wax
This means like the other lights in your house they are all very easy to remove to change the light or just the bulb because you just unplug your light
Plug-in Lights using the easy-wire System
Take the back plate and pass the lamp wire through the centre hole glue the light onto the back-plate (HUH glue)
(You might need to cover the pins on the light side with Tipp-Ex if you think the pins will come into any metal on the light) Strip about 15-18 mm of one of the wires wrap this around one of the pins 3 - 4 times take the other wire with the insulation wire still on it and pass it around the pin where you have put the first wire take it to the other pin and take the insulation wire off and wrap it around the pin 3 – 4 times.You can take the pins out take the insulation off from each wire and place a bare wire end in the hole then push the pin back into the hole (short thick end first) For neatness, and to enable the joint to be remade if the wire is accidentally broken, route each wire around the back of the other pin hole .You now have a perfect joint for a long reliable life, easy bulb changes and easy change round of lights If you to add a hook you will have to drill a new hole for the wire using a 1.5mm drill Tweezes make the job easier
Take the Plug-in light Backplate push the wire through your Black plate
Stick the back plate to the back of the light we use UHU the all purpose adhesive for this Certain commercial adhesives (particularly Contact Adhesives) dissolve the wire insulation, so preferably test your chosen adhesive on a spare piece of wire, or only apply glue to the periphery of the back plate, keeping it well away from the wires.only apply glue to the periphery of the back plate, keeping it well away from the wires.DO NOT USE A ADHESIVE WITH A STONG SMELLING SOLVET IT COULD ROT THE WIRES)
Bare the ends of the wires(Wire stripper) so you can put one around each of the pins just ( making sure you do not get a cross over of wire this will lead to a short)
Some people put this on the back of the house or if you have a garden you could build a little shed to put this in .You can add flicker unit lets you have your fires or candles’ flickering realistically just brings your house to life, and adds to the enjoyment
I always put a piece of wood on the back of the house to take the power controller / power controllers and flicker unit making sure the piece of wood is large enough to take what I need to put on now or later I stick the piece wood on with a PVA glue, I do this so when I screw the power controller / flicker unit on the screws don’t come through the walls of your house
As you can see each lighting run / Fire run has their Owen wires which are now going into a Power Controller at this stage I would check and make sure all of the sockets are working
Dolls house lighting candle / fire flicker details this can be add to our SWP Easy-Wire system
The flicker controller has been designed by Micro Miniatures to simulate a candle in a drafty room / flickering fire,we have to simulate under these conditions as without the draft the candle would never flicker and would look like any other bulb in your dolls house.To achieve this flicker affect Micro Miniatures have had to use some artistic license,the results are however quite stunning
I don't think there is currently anything available that can match this products realism
The candle flicker / fire flickering unit also has an input connecter, for linking to our infrared remote controller.It is then possibly to control all of the outputs on candle flicker unit from the remote handset.
With the remote controller linked up and connected to the flicker controller,the bulbs connected to the flicker outputs can be individually turned off/on from the remote handset.
(Please also see our dolls house remote controller information)
The flicker unit also has 4 speeds which affect the rate of flickering these are set from switches.This is really a personal thing as some customers will like a faster flicker, and some slower.However the choice is there here is currently nothing available that can match this prod
Technical stuff (you can skip this bit)
The microprocessor which controls the flicker unit uses a combination of 4 random brightness levels and 56 random timings.The 56 random timings control the length of the brightness level. This is over all of the outputs.
No two being the same unless the same random number appears.This creates a truly random and authentic effect on the candle bulbs.
The software also weights the random numbers i.e. the dimmest output level is programmed to be shorter than the other 3 brightness levels.
The dim level is also always followed by full brightness this gives one of the units flash/flicker drafty room effects.
All the wiring is connected by screw terminal blocks and the unit is fuse protected for safety.
Digital Power Supplies.You choose the size you need by the number of bulbs you will have
These units can handle a very wide range of bulb loadings, whilst presenting a constant voltage to the Dolls House, giving a long bulb life This voltage stability is important when using our Flickering Fire effect, since the total lighting load on the Power Supply varies so much with these devices, the cheap transformers will cause a flickering of all the lights in the house. Digital” power supplies are much more compact, lightweight and reliable than old fashioned transformers safer too!
The tools you will need
Round-Wire method Not on your website yet
You need a craft knife or something simpler to cut the groves in the wood to take the quality twin-core miniature wire if your house does not already have groves even so you might want to make more groves
You will a drill bit to make the holes for the Grip Contact
Drill bit 2.4mm.to make the hole to take the Grip Contact sockets for 1/12th
To cut the wire or to bare the ends of the wires
Copper Tape method or Round-Wire method 1/12th or 1/24th Not on your website yet
You might need a small pair of pliers
Copper Tape method or Round-Wire method 1/12th or 1/24th Not on your website yet
You will need a small screw driver to do the screw up in the Power Controller
You are ready to start decorating
You can now wallpaper over the grip contacts and the round wire (which is set within the channel).
When you have finished decorating
We would like to thank Martin Butler of Small World Products who we work with and who develop this system known as SWP Easy-Wire system