Nighttime… Daytime!


I now get to play “Nighttime… Daytime!” in my layout room, thanks to a cool little device that arrived last night.

I’m really pleased with my layout lighting – but one thing that has always bugged me is that because I located the transformer about halfway along the layout, under the Lynn Valley, it’s at the far end of the layout room. That means I have to walk to the far end to turn on the layout lights.

View up the Port Rowan peninsula
(The layout lights provide plenty of illumination for an operating session without turning on the room lights – but walking to the far end of the layout room in the dark in order to turn them on is not the best introduction to the layout for first-time guests)

This isn’t a huge deal, except that when I host operating sessions I like to leave the general room lights off, so that the only illumination is coming from the layout lighting itself. It focusses more attention on the trains. What I needed was a switched socket on the far wall, with the switch located at the front of the room.

Well, doing that used to involve opening walls and running a lot of wire – but now, thanks to smart power initiatives it’s easy and inexpensive to add remotely-controlled switched outlets. I ordered a pack of Aukey remote control outlets from Amazon this week:

Aukey Remotes - Box

Aukey Remotes - Samples

These are easy to set up – the instructions are straght-forward – and the outlets are rated at 15 amps so they’re robust enough to manage the power for my halogen layout lighting system. As a bonus, I can use the other outlets in the package for things like my DCC system, the layout ambient audio system, and other systems in the room. The remotes live at the entrance to the room, and the wireless range – while much less than the 100 feet promised through open space – is more than sufficient for my needs.

And if you have read this far, and have not yet encountered “Nighttime… Daytime!”… it’s a very silly clip from a BBC show called Walk on the Wild Side. Here are a couple of examples – enjoy if you watch:

(You may also watch this directly on YouTube, where you may be able to enjoy it in larger formats)

(You may also watch this directly on YouTube, where you may be able to enjoy it in larger formats)

3 thoughts on “Nighttime… Daytime!

  1. Thanks for sharing Trevor – I ordered one this afternoon as I have found LED tube lights at Home Depot that I can Daisy chain to light my RR room in the garage. I know how to wire lights but was not really looking forward to it – 10′ ceilings are a pain! I will plug the outlet into the unused garage door opener oulet – problem solved!

  2. OK, so I clicked on the link to take me directly to youtube, clicked on full screen, and my doggie jumped up in my lap to watch too. End result, I lost about a half an hour of my time entertaining a dog! Thanks Trevor! πŸ™‚

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