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    All,

    i was just curious if there was anything specific i should be looking for when trying to decide which led strip lighting to purchase?

    there are just tons of options now and any help would be appreciated!

    Sincerely
    Dave

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    Originally posted by dtenney1983 View Post
    All,

    i was just curious if there was anything specific i should be looking for when trying to decide which led strip lighting to purchase?

    there are just tons of options now and any help would be appreciated!

    Sincerely
    Dave
    Hi Dave and welcome to the new forum. Unfortunately the search function does not work yet. So it's a bit tough finding any threads on here about LED lighting. I do know where you can look on two other forums. One being the Model Railroad Hobbyist and the other is the Modelers Forum. I'm trying to recall if there was any talk on this forum about LED lighting.

    Bernd
    New York, Vermont & Northern Rwy. - Route of the Black Diamonds

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    • #3
      Hi Dave and welcome to the crew. You ask about LED strip lighting. Is there a particular use for the type of LED lighting you are searching for? Is it for overhead lighting, railroad structure lighting, or something to be cut-up and used separately? I've done many how-to's and information on LED lighting here on the forum, but not sure where you are going with this.


      Louis
      Pacific Northwest Logging in the East Coast

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      • #4
        One of the key decisions is to pick a color temperature and -stick with it-. (I use 4000k.) And it's good to use the same color lighting over your workbench as on the layout. Models look different under different color temperature lights.
        Modeling 1890s (because the voices in my head told me to)

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        • #5
          If it is the LED strip light fixture you are referring to than Dave is right. However, again there are many versions of LED strip lighting. Just two examples are shown, when it comes to asking for strip lighting, there are many versions for different reasons. Here are only two versions shown.
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          Louis
          Pacific Northwest Logging in the East Coast

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          • #6
            I use the flexible 12 Volt DC strips that come on reels. I bought the version with the strip itself inside the clear plastic rectangular tube (usually sold as 'waterproof'). I found this diffuses the light enough that I don't get the 'every LED is visible reflected off the railhead' effect I've seen on some layouts. Some of these strips come with plastic clamps and screws which worked on drywall for me. With care, you can also use a staple gun to fasten them up. I use two 12 VDC 'brick' power supplies plugged into a switch 110 VAC outlet.

            I chose a color temperature of 5,000K. At the time, nobody was talking about Color Rendering Index of these strips, but as a general rule, higher CRI makes better photographs.

            I had photos in the same thread as Louis mentions, but am not finding the originals on my computer. If I find them later I'll re-post.
            James

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            • #7
              All,

              sorry for the delay...

              i want to use LED strip lighting for general overhead layout lighting, i've ready a few articles about just making sure you get "daylight white".

              im in the process of building a shadowbox style layout and just really like the clean look and ease of install of the led strip lights.

              thanks for all the input

              Dave

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              • #8
                Here's the 2011 thread: https://railroad-line.com/node/22997/
                James

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