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Here's a small streetlight out in front of Junction Station. It's fabricated out of our .018" tubing and one of our stamped aluminum lampshades. We soldered some of the #38 magnet wire onto one of our Micro Super-white LEDs and threaded it up through the tubing so it would sit close to the underside of the shade. It looks fairly inconspicuous...
until you turn it on!
Below is a streetlight of a style that has been common throughout the US and Europe for about the last 75 years. Many have been refitted with mercury-vapor type bulbs to provide more light at lower operating cost and longer life. They produce the characteristic white light with a slight bluish cast. Several companies are remaking modern versions of this style of streetlight to provide something with "character" for renovation and community redevelopment projects. Our example was fabricated using our tubing, lampshades, and a Micro Super-white LED. We could tint the LED if an "incandescent" light color was required.
Here we've used our tubing, 18" N-Scale lampshade and escutcheon, and a Micro Super-white LED to make a "gooseneck" building entry light. This style of lighting fixture has been around since the 1920s and is still being manufactured today. It certainly draws attention to an otherwise mundane service door at the rear of this building.
Another very common sight throughout the US is the streetlight/security light seen below. This style fixture has been around since the early 1950s and typically uses either a mercury-vapor, or sodium-vapor bulb. The sodium-vapor bulb produces light with an orangish tint. These lights can be found in commercial, industrial, and residential locations and are mounted on poles, buildings, garages, and nearly anything that will hold a mounting bracket. Look out your window tonight and you can probably count 10 to 20 of either or both colors shining within your view. We mounted our example to an Atlas N-Scale telephone pole. It uses our Micro Super-white LED and our .018" tubing. We drilled the pole at an angle for the tubing, slotted the backside of the pole down it's length with a very thin (.005") saw, then ran our #38 wire down in the slot and out the bottom of the pole. We filled the slot with a thinned mixture of Delta Ceramcoat artist's gesso and lightly sanded it after it dried. After the pole was painted, the slot (and wires) are totally invisible.
Imagine the possibilities
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