Lighting Doll Houses
Lighting doll houses is much easier than it looks.
Just follow our simple guide below and you will have your dolls
house filled with light in no time.
Decide on the location
of all the lights in your dolls house. Will they be on the ceiling,
walls, free standing or table lights? You don't have to purchase
all the lights at this point but you need to decide on the quantity
you will be using and where they will be situated. The quantity
of lights you use determines what transformer and socket board you
use for your doll house lighting.
Step 2 One you
have decided on the lights for your dolls house you are ready
to get your transformer and wiring. To determine what transformer
you need count up the number of bulbs that will be used in your
dolls house lighting. Remember that this is the number of bulbs
and not the number of lights, so a three armed tulip light will
count as three bulbs.
Next count how many lights you will be using to
determine how many plug sockets you need. The average socket board
has twelve plug sockets so you may need to use more than one.
You can run more than one socket board off a single transformer.
Something you may want to consider when lighting
doll houses is if you are using a lot of lights to use two separate
doll house lighting circuits, one for each side of your dolls
house. You can then use a lower watt transformer and fewer socket
boards on each circuit lowering the probability of a fault occurring.
If a fault does occur it will be much easier to pinpoint. If you
are having trouble deciding what lights and transformer you need
why not opt for a full lighting set.
You should now be ready to get your transformer,
socket board and some lights. You don't have to have all the lights
for your house at once but here are some tips to follow:
Concentrate on one room or area of your dolls house.
It is important when lighting doll houses to plan where your lights
are going to go before you decorate so you can cover wires. If
you start with one room you can light it and decorate it then
move onto the next spreading the cost of doll house lighting and
still enjoying the dolls house.
Start with the bottom floor rooms. If you are having
ceiling lights the wires will need to be covered by the flooring
in the above room so it's important that you have the lighting
in the each room before you decorate the room above.
Ceiling roses look very attractive and can complete
a light fixture but these will need to be fitted before the light
goes up so now is a good time to purchase these. You should also
paint or decorate your ceiling before you fit a ceiling light.
Now you are ready to get your socket board, transformer
and lights for your doll house lighting.
Step 3 Once
you have your socket board it is time to decide where it will
be positioned. This is the heart of your doll house lighting system
and should be placed somewhere that is easily accessible. For
front opening dolls houses the best place is on the back of the
house positioned centrally and at the bottom. Once you have done
this stick your socket board to the doll house, most boards have
adhesive tape attached but you could use double sided tape.
You will now need to drill holes in the doll house
for the wires of each light to pass through:
You have to drill two holes for a ceiling light,
one through the ceiling above and a second through the back of
the house where the wire will exit. I recommend you run wires
along floors and not ceilings as they are much easier to hide.
Lights fitted to the rear wall of a room are by
far the easiest to fit but should not be fitted until the wall
is papered. Then you simply drill a hole directly under the wall
light to pass the wire out the back of the house and to your doll
house lighting socket board.
For all other wall lights the wire should exit from
the nearest position on the rear wall and a hole should be drilled
hear. Always drill a wire exit hole as close to the floor as possible
and try to drill at a downward angle to disguise the hole further.
Table Lamps & Standing
These can be fitted after the room has been papered.
The wire will trail from the light and let you move the light
around the room. Drill an exit hole for each of these lights at
the base of the rear wall you can cover the wire up with flooring
if you wish.
Drill holes should only be slightly bigger than
the wires themselves. The smaller the hole the neater it will
If a wire is to trail down a wall or across the
floor you should cut grooves in the dolls house for the wire to
sit in. Grooves should be a small V shape and can be cut out with
a chisel and sanded with a V shaped file. Never glue a wire into
a groove or fill the groove with anything as you may wish to move
or get to the wire later.
Step 4 Once
you have drilled your holes you need to position your lights.
If you are using a ceiling rose remember to put these in place
first you can stick these down with wood or PVA glue.
Before you can run the wire from the lights through
their respective holes and to the socket board you will have to
remove the plug. To do this pull out the two pins with a pair
of pliers and pull on the wire, the plug should slip off. You
can now feed the wire through the holes and along the wire grooves.
Next stick the light in place using its adhesive
pad, never use glue. You should also hold the wire in place along
its route to the back of the house using masking tape.
You are now ready to refit the plug. Feed the twin
wire through the central hole in the plug and then feed one wire
into each of the two holes on either side of the plug making sure
the end is bared. Refit the pins into each hole.
Step 5 Plug
each light into the socket board and tidy up the wires by masking
taping them to the back of the house.
Attach the socket board to the transformer and you
are ready to plug in your doll house lighting.
What if it doesn't work?
Check that the transformer in connected properly
to the socket board
Check the plug socket that the transformer is plugged
Check that the socket board works. If the fuse has
gone the light on the board will be lit.
Check each socket on the socket board
Check each light individually by connecting them
to the transformer
Check the plug on each light is making goo contact
with the wire, remember the wires have to be bared.
Check each bulb, you may have to replace them to
Check that there are no breaks in the wire