Following from part 6 and the building of the back of the house I will now be installing the lighting and wiring.
I have chosen to make the lights removable from each room using a plug and socket arrangement in the ceiling. There is a blog entry on how I made the lights here.
I chose barrel jack plugs and sockets as they are shorter then 3.5mm audio jacks, and I happened to have a few in stock. I decided on the line sockets as they are a smaller diameter then the chassis sockets. That allows me a second chance to modify the lighting if needed at a later date without a large hole in the ceilings.
First off I cut the solder terminals short and soldered on some tiny two core wires giving each socket around 250mm (10 inches) of wire.
I drilled a 7mm hole into the 4mm plywood ceiling at each of the lighting positions. The holes were then tapped out to M8x1.5 thread, the closest I had to fit the thread on the barrel jack sockets. Each one was then screwed into the ceiling.
As can be seen there is very little clearance inside the ceiling void.
These are the plug in lights I made in this blog entry. They are made from drinks bottle tops.
Plugged into the ceiling sockets they look like lamp shades on a batten lamp holder. A sensible fitting given the low ceiling heights in this house.
As I wanted to control each light separately I needed to wire then each to a switch bank. I had some off cut of four pair telecoms wire, I only needed seven pairs so two runs would do. The top floor lights were run down a void in the house back wall I had left for that purpose.
The wiring for the ground floor lights were fed through the ceiling void and down the corner behind the front house wall. With the wires pulled out tot he front of the house I could then solder joint them and sleeve with heat shrink before tucking it all back into the void.
The wiring exits the house underneath. As the house will be elevated slightly off the workbench it will be a good place to hide the power supply and the switch bank. I will also be adding external lighting to the front and rear of the house too.
That’s it for this instalment. in the next instalment I will be placing the house in its permanent location.