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I picked up a poorly constructed dollhouse from a friend about a year ago. It was missing a few pieces and was completely glued together without first sanding and painting the wood. I'm about 100 hours into rebuilding this thing - its both therapeutic and stressful at the same time.

The rooms are pretty deep making them poorly lit, I figured adding lighting would really spruce things up. While searching for lighting kits pretty much everything out there is made to plug into the wall for power. I plan on giving the house to my daughter, currently 3 years old (likely to be 20 before this thing is done) - plugging it in would be an accident waiting to happen.

I decided the only safe way to light the house up would be with a rechargeable battery. After some careful research I decided to go with an IMR Li-on 18650 Battery. Being lithium it can hold plenty of juice and is "IMR" which is somehow safer. My knowledge of battery chemistry is greatly lacking.

I built a simple circuit to connect the battery to surface mount LED lights. The LEDs were then inserted into the ceiling of each room. I hid the wiring by chiseling grooves into the walls and spackling over them. All the wires terminate at a single point in the roof at which I'm going to build some sort of a box to enclose everything and somehow make it look like its supposed to be there.

I still have hours of spackling and sanding to do, but i figured I would share my progress.

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Wow thanks so much for sharig this info. It sounds like a great idea. Very clever and it does sound safe for a wee one. Congrats on job well done.

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If you look in my sweet shop album, I bought a string of led lights at the craft store, that attach to a single battery pack with a switch. I made a sign out of plastic and bunched them behind it and I also fed them through paper straws to make it look like fluorescent bulbs. It worked out well for the little girl I made it for.

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If you look in my sweet shop album, I bought a string of led lights at the craft store, that attach to a single battery pack with a switch. I made a sign out of plastic and bunched them behind it and I also fed them through paper straws to make it look like fluorescent bulbs. It worked out well for the little girl I made it for.

Hmm.. I see the ones where you used tape wiring. That would have saved me a heck of a lot of time

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