LEDs (light-emitting diodes)

LEDs (light-emitting diodes) are changing the way we light dollhouses and room boxes due to their small size, low heat output, and very long life — but many of us need a bit of help to understand how to use them.

For general lighting, LEDs come in warm- and cool-white options but there are no rules about where to use which; it’s a matter of personal preference. Many people choose warm white for living spaces but cool white for kitchens and “work” spaces, or for a more modern look. Either can work outside a window or door to suggest daylight, depending on the time of day you want. Or, you may want to stick with just one color for a consistent appearance.

LEDs are very bright — too bright, for some uses — but you can use a bit of similar-color paint directly on the diode to soften the light. You won’t need many elements to really light up a small space, but you can run several on just one battery/one switch for larger areas. With individual elements — offered in a variety of sizes — you can even make your own lamps.

“String” lights are like especially tiny Christmas lights and have the same uses: trees and décor, of course, but the white ones also work as general light if placed above a translucent ceiling, for example.

LEDs open up all sorts of possibilities for small-scale lighting, so get ready to brighten your miniature world!

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