Please give me tips for lighting my HO railroad

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by mikebalcos, Dec 30, 2007.

  1. mikebalcos

    mikebalcos Member

    I have a lighting problem on my HO layout. My main lighting is a circular lamp at the center of my ceiling. It is lighting only one side of my 4'x8' layout. The other not well lighted side is near a wall and window, but I gave it some space so people can view that side. Are there simple and inexpensive solutions you have in mind for my lighting problem?
  2. PWRR-2207

    PWRR-2207 Rogue Islander


    Can you attach hooks in the ceiling above the layout? If you can, you may want to consider a double 48 inch long florescent light with an attached plug... Here is a $29.00 US option from Home Depot:

  3. jbaakko

    jbaakko Active Member

    I use the self enclosed, 16" fluorescent lights. They're under $20 each.
  4. Kevinkrey

    Kevinkrey Member

    I have two $5 48" lights from Menards. Two more on the way. They give off good light. Might not look as nice, but who looks up at the cieling whenm there are trains down below.:mrgreen:​
  5. nachoman

    nachoman Guest

    For a 4x8 layout, there is no need to make the lighting arrangement too permanent. I assume you got fluorescent fixtures that plug into an outlet. If your layout is in a basement or other unfinished room, it is easy to to hang these lights from a ceiling joist. Then get an extension cord with multiple outlets on the end. You can hang the extension cord an light wires out of the way by using special electrical staples found at your local hardware store.


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