Lighting test

With all the working from home, not to mention additional TV time in the space that Pembroke shares with other family activities, I decided I would add some lights into the sub-layout cubby that passes for an office and photo booth. I had to pick up some other items at Rona and found a set of LED puck lights that looked promising.

The lights are from Bazz and are available in sets of 3 or 6. Each light emits 120 lumens in the 3000K range. You can chain the pucks together, but the instructions don’t indicate the maximum in a chain. As I had them right there, I thought I would see what the addition of a puck did to the layout.

As expected, the additional directed light helps to define the shadows. Note the shadows of the ties beneath the turntable and the eaves of the roundhouse in particular.

It made a real difference when I lowered the puck half-way below the lighting valance, however (about 12″ above the scene). At that level, there is a real feeling of sunlight, but the warm white is starting to overwhelm the scene and paint everything a little yellow. I think getting a similar amount of light from a fixture at the level of the valance would take about 480 lumens (due to the invers square law).

I’m interested in your thoughts. Are the LED strips by themselves sufficient? If I do add a series of directional light sources, should I search for something low profile in the 400 lumen range, or would 120 lumens be sufficient?

5 thoughts on “Lighting test

  1. I have some lighting pucks as well. Mine are a set of six but halogen. I learned the hard way how it they can get. The added light is worth the effort though!

    1. It’s CDS dry transfer. That car came second or third in freight cars at one of the national NMRA conventions back in the 90s. Its board by board construction, detailed interior and cutesy narrow gauge feel appealed to the judges I guess. The RPM crowd panned it because there is no photographic support – just typical practices and an ORER entry. However I wanted to bring something and time was limited for research.

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