Creating Christmas scenes using Fiber Optics
Some years back I made an English Pub for my layout, which my wife named “The Wet Whistle”. It’s been great as a scene on the river front but I realized that with Christmas coming up it was time to give it a bit of a lift. How about some Christmas lights? I loathe putting these on my house and taking them down in the dead of winter. However, my basement is the ideal spot, so I decided, let’s do it.
One of the greatest challenges I faced was getting the fiber to follow the roof line. Well, you may have read about the new trick I discovered of straightening fibers. What if I instead used that technique to put permanent bends in the fiber instead? So that’s what I did. I then painted the fiber to match the building, and using a utility knife I cut the fiber along it’s length while having the fiber inserted into a Lamplighter box so I could immediately see the effect of each cut. A green Sharpie marker came in very handy for painting every second nick, followed by using a red one for each of the intervening nicks. It was now time to see how it looked on the pub.
I liked the effect, but decided some lighting along the straight roof line would look great. So, once more I used boiling water to both straighten the fiber and then add a sharp bend at the end and used a piece of aluminum tube to hide the fiber in what now looks like a down spout.
Question: O have three spst switches wired in series. MaI attach the Dwarvin power supply an connect one switch to the Lamplighters and the other two to comventional lights?
Beautiful job on the Christmas lights and thanks for the tips! I see a future for fibre optics on my layout.
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