Cheap model lights

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krokodil
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Cheap model lights

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It is Christmas season, almost every shop sells some lights for decoration.
I found also a very versatile battery operated SMD LED chains. The LEDs are soldered to two quite hard wires ( brass or bronze) and glued with strong epoxy.
You can cut the wires everywhere and form them to the required shape and install on poles or house walls. There are cold and warm white chains and from single chain you can create 20 or more lights.
LED chain
LED chain
Greetings from Austria
E.T.

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Re: Cheap model lights

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For my battery operated LED snowflake lights I use a power supply 3.3v 2A , cut off the DC output plug and tied into the battery case. Its been on 24/7 for many years. Purchased on Amazon.
I would hyperlink that page but it has all my ordering info from Nov. 2016

Purchased on November 9, 2016
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Re: Cheap model lights

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House lights
House lights
On my layout the lights are designed for 12 V operation, ie the LEDs have one resistor of about 1-3 kOhm in serie to adjust their light intensity like here. I use similar power unit like yours but for 12 V, purchased in China shops.
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