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Adding LED lights and bulbs to a model kit can really bring it to life. It used to be these bulbs and electronic parts were harder to find, or more expensive. But like everything, over time, the prices have dropped dramatically with mass production.

So you now you can easily afford to light up a model kit, throw a battery and a few LED lights in it, and you're good to go.

There are a couple of ways you can use lights. But the power souce is normally some kind of DC battery. A 9v is common because of it's small size, and it can put out the power needed to run several lights.

When lighting a model, you only have to decide where you want to place the power source. In some models, you can put the battery inside the model. By hiding a switch, a push button one is handy, you can turn the model's lights off and on by just using the button, and the model is more portable.

Other ways are to build the power source into a base, and attach the model to it that way. So you need a contact, or a pole or something to make the contact and carry the current, and of course, more wiring.

LED bulbs are typically cool and don't put out much heat. So you can add them to almost any plastic, resin or vinyl model kit.

LED lighting and electronics for scale models. Typical popular sizes are:

  • 1.8mm
  • 3mm
  • 5mm
  • 10mm

When you have an electrical component, and a DC power source that is more than it can handle, for instance, a 9v battery, resistors are needed. A resistor is inserted between the LED bulb and the battery so that it doesn't burn out.

The smaller 1.88mm bulbs can normally use a 2032 battery, which is 3V, without a resistor if needed.

NOTE: that while the lense end of the LED bulb appears clear, it will light up / glow the specified color once power is attached to it.

 

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Scale Model Life -
Scifi Edition

The LEDs use DC (Direct Current) power. From 3-volt to 12-volt.

2032 battery

3-Volt CR2032 Battery

duracell 9 volt battery

9-Volt Battery

12 volt  battery

12-Volt Battery

These LEDS already have the resistor attached. Which means you don't have to solder them and insulate them all together by yourself. The other end is like any other wire - just clean off some of the insulation and use them.
They're ready to go.

led red bulbs prewired

3mm LEDs - RED

led blue bulbs prewired

3mm LEDs - Blue

led red bulbs prewired

3mm LEDs - RED

led green bulbs prewired

3mm LEDs - Green

led amber bulbs prewired

3mm LEDs - Amber

led white clear bulbs prewired

3mm LEDs - White

fast flashing led bulbs

5mm Fast Flashing Colors

50 led bulbs

5MM - Mixed Colors

flashing blue led bulbs

3mm - Flashing Blue

flashing red led bulbs

10mm - Blinking Red

led bulb sizes

 

Tips for using LED lights on a model:

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These LEDS are more for the folks who are more familiar with electronics.
The bulbs and resistors are separate parts, so you have to solder them and insulate them yourself.

300 led bulbs

5mm Assorted Color 2-pin Diffused LED Light Emitting Diodes

led light bulbs with resistors

Assorted 5mm LEDs with Resistors
Multiple Colors

led white lights

5mm Clear Warm White LED with
Resistors

led white lights

5mm Clear Blue LED with
Resistors

rotating-led-lights

Fast-Blinking 5mm LED bulbs with
Resistors

rotating-led-lights

Slow-Rotating 5mm LED bulbs with
Resistors

200 ohm resistors

Ohm Resistors - 1/4 Watt - 5%

heat proof soldering mat

Heat Resistant Soldering Mat

push button switches

Push Button Switches

control boxes for switches and lighting

9V Battery Holder Storage
Cases withan ON/OFF Switch

9v battery terminals for  lighting

9v Battery Clip with Switch

9v battery terminals for  lighting

9v Battery Clip Snap Fit

led 3mm cups for led lighting

1/16" Black Shrink Ratio Heat Shrink
10-foot Section

led 3mm cups for led lighting

3/32" Black Shrink Ratio Heat Shrink
10-foot Section

led strip light connectors

LED Strip Connectors

micro led kits

Micro LED String Lights

glowing tube wire neon

Electroluminescent Light
Various Color Options

led strip lights

LED Strip Lights
You can cut the strip every 3 lights to the size needed for your project.

led strip light connectors

Glowing Neon Strip
Various Color Options

neon strobing lights

Glowing Wire Kits
Various Color Options

Want to run power to hard to reach places on a model? Conductive copper tape is the way to go. If you don't have room for wires, this tape can easily be applied to carry current. CLICK HERE to see how it works.

copper tape conductive

Conductive Copper Tape 1-inch

copper tape conductive

Conductive Copper Tape 1/4-inch

2032 battery holder

CR2032 Battery Black
Round Button Holder
Boxes with Cover

heat shrink tubing

Multi-Color Heat Shrink Tubing

2032 battery holder

Black CR2032 Battery Round Button Holder Sockets with Cover

red black wire spool

40FT 18 Gauge Single Color LED Wire
Red and black wires - can't get much simpler than that. Power & Negative.

wire connectors for led

Male - Female - Quick Connectors

led mounting holder

Mounting Holder Panels with Metal Nut

strip terminals for led

Dual Row Screw Terminal Strip

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Red Fork Terminal Strips

soldering iron holder tool

Soldering Iron Stand

soldering iron station tool

Soldering Iron & Base Station

led wire

22 Gauge Stranded Wire Set

Also available: 26 Gauge | 24 Gauge
18 Gauge | 14 Gauge

heat shrink butt connectors

Heat Shrink Butt Connectors Kit
Blue, Red, Yellow Sizes

titan 11477wire crimper tool

HD Ratcheting Wire Terminal Crimper
For Blue, Red, Yellow Sizes

Coordinating Wire Gauges and Connector Colors:

  • Red = 22-18 Gauge
  • Blue = 16-14 Gauge
  • Yellow = 26-24 Gauge

 

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Electrical Rosin Core Solder

 

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