From the first time I saw a bright white LED in a locomotive I have been fascinated with the idea of using them to light model building interiors, street lights, vehicle head lights, or anything else where a light bulb would be used on a layout. Another area that I have wanted to use these is for layout lighting.
With this layout being in a garage without any air conditioning, I was really concerned about any waste heat being generated by the room and layout lighting. The technology is hitting main stream lately with the products becoming more practical and more affordable. The room that the layout is in is lighted with 3 LED light fixtures with great results. To light the layout itself, here are some products I've experimented with.
While this did work rather well to light up a small part of that layout it were not practical due to cost.
In my next post I'll show what I've been doing with these to further determine their sustainability for lighting my layout.