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    I'm in need of some modern HO street lights and was wondering if anybody had any names of companies that make them.

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    Walthers carries quite a few modern metal-post lights from European manufacturers. Some might look reasonable in US settings.

    In 2007 Walthers manufactured some North American prototype lights, but though they're still on the web site, none have been in stock for a long time: http://www.walthers.com/exec/page/guide/street_lamps I could use several of the #2310 and #2311, but in 2007 I hadn't even designed the scenes I need them for.

    Older era modelers are using kits for gooseneck lamps (Micro Lumina, N Scale Architect, maybe others) in street settings.
    James

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    • #3
      There is a company on EBAY, Called 'WE Honest'.

      I have ordered street lights and figures from them several times. They are very well made, LED with metal poles. You need to solder a resistor to one lead. They come with the resistors. 11 lights for less then 20 bucks. I received them in less time then from companies right here in the states....one week..


      Ted

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      • #4
        quote:


        Originally posted by quartergauger48


        There is a company on EBAY, Called 'WE Honest'.

        I have ordered street lights and figures from them several times. They are very well made, LED with metal poles. You need to solder a resistor to one lead. They come with the resistors. 11 lights for less then 20 bucks. I received them in less time then from companies right here in the states....one week..


        I've ordered from "We Honest" several times with no problems, and the street lights I ordered were well made.

        Al Carter

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        • #5
          We Honest did me well, too. What did I order? Me Forget....
          Karl Scribner-Curmudgeon

          Cedar Swamp
          SW of Manistique, MI

          AVATAR Image stolen from Model Train Stuff advertisement in my e-mail

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          • #6
            Here is a shot of a We Honest street light'..




            Ted

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            • #7
              have you more piktures ?

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              • #8
                Frank; This link gets me We Honest's USA EBay store. They appear to have a Chinese language store, but I do not know where else they do business: http://stores.ebay.com/WEHONEST

                There's a 'Street Lights' item in the Categories menu on the left. None that really match my area and era, but I'll keep watching them.
                James

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                • #9
                  David Here's a couple I found recently.

                  Haven't used them as yet, but guess they're O.K.

                  Kytes Lites from England

                  http://www.kyteslights.com/index.php...48b06d598dd1ee

                  And this one, from China I think.

                  Go to site and type in HO scale lights.

                  They also sell plenty of other model RR items too.

                  http://www.aliexpress.com/wholesale?...+street+lights
                  Regards Rob

                  Despite the cost of living, it's still popular

                  My current build.

                  https://railroad-line.com/node/979864

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                  • #10
                    Several of these vendors seem to be filling their buckets at the same set of wells. Aliexpress seems to be a 'small lots and overseas' division of Alibaba, the big Chinese on-line retailer. On-line reviews are mixed, but not beyond what I'd expect from "Americans buying clothes in general" plus "doing business half way round the world with a language barrier".

                    At the moment, the bang for the buck has not overridden my concerns about web and personal information security.
                    James

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                    • #11
                      JB, We honset is Okay thus far'...Pay Pal only,

                      But I pay, pay pal with a credit card. If there is any problems, the CC company takes responsibility.

                      I agree though with you on your point'....


                      Ted

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                      • #12
                        Hi,

                        Another company I have used is Express models in UK. They have a number of Modern street and station lights. http://www.expressmodels.co.uk/acatalog/

                        They also have lighted yard towers all in LED.

                        Regards,

                        Vik.

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                        • #13
                          I need a few HO "post" or "yard" lights. At least around here, the power Co. tends to use an inexpensive fixture when doing one of these un-metered installations, so the commercial 'cobra head' units on metal poles won't do:



                          Here I've filed the end of a "Yello-Glo" 3mm LED flat and bent the leads over, making sure they didn't touch. Then I slipped insulation taken off a 24 GA ethernet cable wire over one lead and bent the other down. I drilled the plastic pole #72 (.0224") and pushed the straight lead through.

                          I'm about to solder #30 wires to each lead and paint the whole business. More when my shipment of 3.5mm audio jacks/plugs arrives.
                          James

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                          • #14
                            History tells me I need to keep my light poles removable, particularly on my modules that go to Hub Division shows. Out of the blue, I thought of the small plug/jack sets they use on earbuds.



                            This 3.5 mm set made by Switchcraft (839-1224-ND and SC1455-ND) costs about $2.50 from DigiKey. I'm using 3/16" brass tube (a loose fit on the body of the 'ring' side) to connect the light pole and the plug. I drilled a #66 hole in the tube for the red #30 wire soldered to the 'tip' lug in the center. Then I soldered the tube to the body to make the 'ring' connection via the blue wire soldered to the tube.

                            The Walthers pole above is filed to a press fit in the 3/16" tube. Before I assemble it, I'll paint the wires Scalecoat Graphite & Oil and cut the original stub off so it won't touch the 'ring' wire connection. I'll solder the wires to the LED leads after the pole is pressed into the base. Then I'll glue them to the post to look like conduit for ground wires.
                            James

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                            • #15


                              Here the pole is assembled with the lamp leads glued down. They will need re-painting once I've got the whole business installed. The electric meter is made from .060 x .100 styrene and a slice of a clear styrene sprue. The jack is mounted in a .250 hole in the bit of hardboard. I'll solder wires to it before I attach it to the underside of the scenery. Now if I can only find my hot glue gun :erm:
                              James

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