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  1. So I have the Cir-Kit Starter Wiring Kit and an extra 15' roll of tapewire, but I have no idea how to start. I found the tutorial by Darrell Payne that was pointed out, but the link is dead. I also found something by him on Miniatures.com but it seems to start in the middle of the process, and I have no clue how to get to that point. Is there a straightforward tutorial or video or something that will get me started? Something like "Wiring a Dollhouse for Dummies"? 🙄 My house body is assembled and is ready for wiring so I'd like to move forward. I do have the Tapewire Instruction Book from the Cir-Kit, but wasn't sure how useful it is. It's sort of Greek to me right now. Thanks for any help you can give me! FWIW, I have the Vermont Farmhouse Jr. house and am planning on wiring all 3 floors (I hope!).
  2. Help! I started my first dollhouse and FINALLY got to a finishing point after about a year and a half. There are still a few minor things that need done but it’s finished enough for now (I needed to finish it by Xmas for my daughter). I have made dozens of little 1:24 models in the past and am a little knowledgable in electrical (aircraft electrician over a decade ago) but have since become rusty in the topic. I opted to install 6, small LED lights into the dollhouse, connected by a series of 9v batteries. Since my other smaller models have included similar setups with the LEDs and batteries, I didn’t think this would be an impossible task. I have ordered 9V lights and hardwired them into the house, connecting them in series to 6, 9v battery housing and a switch. It had seemed a bit of overkill to me, since the smaller models often used a single AA battery for often up to 4-5 bright lights. Except, it was very dim (which I don’t mind too much, as it’s more for effect anyway) and lasted maybe 30 minutes before dying. I’m lost now on what to do. I would have to completely cut into the house and moulding to replace the wiring. Thoughts? Did I completely mess this up? Help!! I will try to post pictures of the setup.
  3. You might like to look @ this if you were lucky enough to get a doll's houses at Christmas
  4. Good day! This is my first post in the forum - go easy on me! I'm an absolute beginner, currently building a 1:18 scale recreation of a local heritage house that was torn down 4 years ago. So far things are going well, but like MANY miniature newbies, I am absolutely confused by the wiring aspect of the build. I have done as much internet research and forum reading as I can, but I'm still not sure if I'm doing the correct thing. So, here it goes. These are my supplies: Cir-Kit Basic Wiring Kit Transformer (FIFODR® 12V 5A 60W DC Power Supply Adapter(Input 110V-220V,Output 12 Volt 5 Amp 60 Watt) DC Converter LED Driver Lighting Transformer for 12V 5A Flexible/Rigid 5050/3528/2835/5630/5730 LED Tape Strip Light FD-ADP60W) Lights (Pre Wired DC 9-12V 3mm Water Clear LED Diodes White Light) First question: Will the lights I purchased work with the tape wire kit? Second question: I will obviously need to purchase extension wire for the lights - what type of wire am I looking for? Third question: My house is mostly foam core on the inside, but the outside walls will be wood. I'm thinking of only installing the tape wire to the wood outer structure and laying/hiding the wire through the house, linking to the outside tape wire (does that make sense?). Will that work? Thanks in advance for any help you can provide!! Cheers Jen
  5. OH MY. I'm a doof. I took a loooong break from minis and am firing it up again, but have had to refresh on many things. I did the biggest rookie mistake. i spent so much wasted time meticulously installing wall sconces so the wires were under wallpaper and just realized they make ADAPTERS for them. i'd only done ceiling lights and wall plugs. duh me. They look good but such a royal pain to noodle it all through the hardest way possible. ugh
  6. Doll's House lighting we have just upgraded our information to help you wire your doll's house http://www.littlehousesplus-shop.co.uk/Dolls-House-Wiring-for-Lights-Fires all the information you need don’t need white plugs
  7. Help! I took on the wiring of my Fairfield dollhouse. The problem is with where to put the wires on the lights & the tapewires. I have looked at the house over & over. I just can’t figure out a way to make it work!
  8. Hi everyone, It has been a few years since I've been on the forum. I was working on wiring the Arthur, ran into a frustration point, and life got busy, but... time to finish this project (or at least make progress again!). To avoid trying to pound an eyelet into the weak upstairs wall of the Arthur I tried using a manual drill someone suggested, but the eyelet connections are really loose and there is not electrical connection in the joined wire because I couldn't hold the drill steady enough (I did try to use the block of wood that came with the drill for support). Is there anything I can do to salvage the connection I tried to make or do I have to try to make another one? If I do have to re-do it how can I avoid the same mistake in the future? Thanks!
  9. Hi Folks, So earlier this week I posted about my thrifted dollhouse that I rehabbed for my girls for Christmas. What I forgot to mention was that as I was pulling off the wallpaper, I noticed that the house was already wired...so today my husband helped me maneuver the house onto it's back so I could take a closer look. Any ideas how I connect this to a power source? If there is a good tutorial out there, I would appreciate it if you could sent me in the right direction. You can check out the rest of the photos in my gallery here. Cheers! Jaime
  10. The house I am currently working on is a Willow, by Corona Concepts. After watching hours of videos and reading numerous tips and techniques, I decided to go “old school” and install round wiring. The technique I am using could be called “grooving.” I have seen a video on this before, where a builder used a knife to cut a groove across the floor, then glued the wires in it before installing the carpet. Thus, the wires were hidden completely. I decided to use a similar concept, but the plywood floors in this particular kit were so nice that I did not want to use paint or carpet on them. Since I am pretty much still a beginner, I do not want to try installing a second layer of flooring. So, I sanded the floors and coated them with clear polyurethane. But now for the ceiling lights: On the ceiling side, I cut a groove about 3/16” wide and about half the depth of the board from the locations to hang the lights straight over to the wall where the chimney will be installed. Then I glued the wires in, but left just enough at the light fixture end to wrap around about 1/4 turn of the fixture base. This allows the fixture to be lifted for careful painting of the ceiling. Next, I filled the groove with wood filler. A product such as Redi-Patch would work just as well. when dry and smooth, (2 coats), I sanded the groove area and painted the ceiling with 2 coats of flat white house paint with primer in it. Then, glued the fixture and voila. The best part is that the ceiling looked perfect; no sign of the groove or filler. I forgot to mention that I did this technique on both the first and second floor ceilings before assembly. On this project, I am ignoring the order of assembly according to the instructions, choosing instead to perform everything I can on the individual pieces and units while each wall piece is out in the open. So, I drilled holes in the side walls to line up with the wires coming through the edges of the ceilings behind the chimney. When everything is assembled, the wires are totally obscured. Carrying the grooving one step further, I cut grooves on the exterior walls from the locations of living room outlets, side lights, etc. The wires are run to the bottom of the house, and are glued in place, then covered with siding. All connections are made under the house and behind the chimneys before final installation. I also used a voltage regulator from Cir-Kit to help extend the life of the light bulbs. I know it sounds tedious, but to me, it was easier than working with the tape and eyelets after assembly and then having to cover them up afterward. It just requires planning ahead to make the grooves and holes in advance after trial fitting but before actual assembly. The Dremel Tool will set you free!
  11. I started a remodel on my daughters 30+ year old house for her daughters ages 6 and 9. To update the outside, I removed the Tudor embellishments, added clapboard, and build new windows. To accommodate the new windows I added foam core to the walls to increase the wall depth. I purchased a new electrical tape system to replace the one that I removed. I am now wondering if the foam core was the best choice to place over the existing walls. Will brads in the tape system hold up in the foam and, more importantly, to the playing activity of a 6 year old? I do not want to switch to a round wire system, but am open to other suggestions.
  12. Hi everybody Will you be coming to? Miniatura NEC Birmingham England March 24th - 25th York Dolls House Fair Sunday 3rd June 2018 Miniatura NEC Birmingham England Sept 22 – 23rd I will be talking to people about wiring Dolls House and how not to use white plugs and extending wire with Heatshrink sleeving or anything people want to know about their Dolls Houses Wiring If you can’t get to any of these shows all the information is on our YouTube channel Little Houses Plus or all the links are on our website http://www.littlehousesplus-shop.co.uk/epages/62053002.sf/en_GB/?ObjectPath=/Shops/62053002/Categories/Dolls_House_Lighting/Wiring_your_Dolls_House
  13. Little Houses Plus and Small World Products We have some great news here at Little Houses Plus. After long negotiations, Little House Plus is proud to announce we have just taken over SWP (Small World Products). SWP specialises in doll’s house wiring. Small World Products was run by Martian Butter who sadly passed away last year. You might have known or talked to him at Dolls House Fairs. Martin spent a lot of time looking for good quality products to sell through Small World Products, these came from a lot of different places. Because the quality was so good Martin was able to develop what he called the ‘Easy Wiring System’. I spent a lot of time with Martin, who taught me the ‘Easy wiring System’. We used this system to wire customers dolls houses at our shop and help people with their projects. We have also sold Small World Products through our shop and website for 10 years plus. As you may know the shop has now closed and we are now just selling via our website www.littlehousesplus-shop.co.uk where you can continue to buy this quality wiring system and other products that were sold by Small World Products. If you need any help or advice wiring your dolls house, you can watch me on our YouTube channel explaining the Easy Wire System or you could phone our offices where we can talk through any part of wiring your Dolls House one to one. We hope we can continue to bring the same professional services that you got from Martin.
  14. So, I need to add at least two lights to the current build. One will be an outdoor light that goes on the wall over the center of the door, and the other will be a wall sconce in the bathroom. I hate to sound dense, but other than using a false wall on the interiors, how do I hide the wire? Both lights will have a hole drilled in the wall, with the wire fed through to the other side of the wall. I may use LED/battery powered lights for the rest of the rooms, so I'm not sure that I need to wire the whole house. Planning to use small battery packs (hidden in furniture) for the two lights in question. Any thoughts? Suggestions?
  15. Ok...I am about to start wiring my Garfield dollhouse...I keep putting it off by researching the subject. I have read tips and tutorials...they were great...I should know exactly what to do... It is the first step that has me stumped - cannot seem to figure out where to put the junction splice (where it goes from round wire to tape) It can't be inside the house-I am hinging enclosure walls-don't want to pinch the cord. I was thinking about pounding it into the foundation - but thought it may look odd. (should it be up and down or sideways) Then thought, drill a hole in the foundation, run the cord thru and pound the adaptor from underneath the house. Or should I make a little "electrical box" on a inside wall, run the cord thru the floor and out the foundation? Once I get past this step, things will be fine. I have the wire map embossed in my brain. I know exactly how to get it from the front room on the first floor, thru every room to the top floor, with one uninterrupted run. Where is the best place to put that thing?
  16. Just discovered that if you splice with a flickering light, all lights spliced will flicker (well, it did for me). I spliced 2 sconces with the fireplace light and now the sconces are flickering, could be a good thing, but I think in this case its too annoying. Just an fyi... Test 'em before you tape 'em... grrrr Hope everyones having a great day! Electricity day for me BLAH
  17. Getting ready to embark on my first, lifelong awaited dollhouse. I've chosen Victorias Farmhouse. I can get it for $120 at my local Hobby Lobby and, after some minor bashing, it'll be my dream house. So here lies the confusion.... Hubby's a skilled woodworker and I'm an artist, so I'm hoping we have the "building ability" under control. What were clueless about is the wiring. The house is MDF. Do we buy the book for round wiring or tape wiring? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Oh yeah, what if you decide to add a light or re arrange a room later? Are you stuck with original lighting? What's the possibilities?
  18. Hi, I'm getting to a point of wiring my dollhouse. I want to be able to easily change my lighting and want to use round wires. I'm thinking of just wiring the house with those little plugs that come with wiring kits. Has anyone wired their house like that? If so, are there any suggestions? I really don't want to use tape wiring.
  19. I'm starting another scene in a cigar box, and this time I want it to be "landscape" - with the lid opening flat to be part of the floor. I want to use the little LED battery lights for this - not the lamps, but the bulbs, wiring, and battery that gets installed and built-in. My plan is to have a micro dollhouse on the floor/lid and have one light there, and one light in the main part of the box. QUESTION: If I run the wires out to the micro dollhouse from the main box, hiding them under the flooring, will they flex too much as the lid is opened and closed? Bending wires doesn't sound like a good idea - or will these tiny wires take more flex than, say, a paperclip? (which is easily bent back and forth to break it.) I had planned to hide the battery and the switch in the upper/ceiling side of the box, and run the wires from there - using 2 bulbs. Any suggestions?
  20. Hello! I THINK I want to wire my Beacon Hill (bought used so renovating, not made from kit) I have the large cir-kit tape wire kit unused from my voyage to minis years ago. Honestly it scares me to pieces to think of doing it, but I bet once I start it's easier than it sounds! BUT the problem is that I wasn't planning to wire it, and I've glued panels to the walls of the main foyer room! They are not floor to ceiling, but are only 3 inch by 1 inch panels, glued about half inch from the floor. Since they stick out I don't think I can just tape wire over top of them. I know you're supposed to be about an inch or inch and a half from the floor, and consistent throughout the house, so I'm not sure how or if I could wire it now. None of the other rooms have had anything done. I have wallpaper for the main entry and a few other rooms, so I need to figure this out before I move forward. How can I make it work? Could I tape the left and right rooms all the way around in the traditional way, and then the entry just for a chandelier?? Could I wire that one room just above the panels? (By going around the bottom of the left/right, then up that wall, into the foyer above the panels, around the foyer, add ceiling wires, then down the wall of the right/left and around the lower area of that room?) Also, can I wire it now, then decide lighting placement later? Or do I need to know exactly what lights I'm using and where they are going before I wire???? And, one more, how obvious are the plugs for lights when you use them?? Do they plug into the house wall similar to how they plug into a real wall? I can't visualize how it works when I know there are wall sconces too, and where those wires go. Thanks!!!
  21. I just got the lights and fire boxes for the scratch build...the lights all have plugs (this will be my first time wiring a dollhouse, so I REALLY don't want to mess with copper tape - I am disaster-prone and have accidentally set things on fire before). The fire boxes don't. They each come with a (separate) bulb on two wires...can they be fixed into a plug, or are there bulbs that come on plugs, or what? (Plug-in flicker bulbs would be awesome but are not absolutely necessary.) The fire boxes are FP G017 by Glow Well.
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