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If you've never fitted dolls house lighting before it can seem like a daunting task, but it's probably easier than you think and most hobbyists can do it relatively easily and safely without any specialist knowledge. It's a good idea to plan your dolls house electrics and do the necessary preparation early, before you start to build and decorate the dolls house, so you can ensure the wiring is completely hidden from view when the dolls house is finished.

There are two main wiring methods to choose from when lighting a dolls house, twin wire or copper tape. People have differing opinions as to which method is best, but there are advantages and disadvantages to either method. It's probably best to start with a dolls house wiring kit as they usually contain all the necessary materials and detailed instructions. Also you will need to choose lights for each room and a suitable transformer (the the number of light bulbs used will determine the transformer capacity required).

The next step is to decide on the position of the lights in the dolls house. Ceiling lights are usually fitted in the centre of each room. To do this you should first mark the exact position of the light and drill a small hole through the ceiling to the floor above so the wire from the light can be passed through. You then need to cut a small 'V' groove along the floor from the hole to the back of the house using a chisel, router or a file. Finally drill another hole so the wire can be passed through the back of the dolls house. Wall lights, table lamps etc can we installed similarly by finding the most suitable path to route the wires to the back of the dolls house.

When all the lights are fitted the wires should be connected using either copper tape or a terminal block and then the transformer can be fitted and the lights tested. You should do the preparation work for the dolls house lighting before building and decorating the house if possible, but it's probably best not to install the lights themselves until later on in the building and decorating process.

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