USA Christmas Observation Car - Add A White LED & Reflector for a Porch Lamp! Adding this White LED Porch Light to the USA Christmas Observation Car rear deck was simple and easy, however it does require some soldering skills and a small amount of Electronics knowledge. If you have some of the knowledge of electronic components and can solder, this project would take you about an hour to install. It actually took me about 30 minutes to make this modification to my USA Christmas Observation Car. Originally I had tried using a regular incandescent bulb over Santa's head for illuminating him so that he could be seen, the problem was either the bulb was too bright and made it difficult to see Santa due to this or it was too dim to light Santa up very well. However, the 5mm T 1-3/4 White LED and Reflector I used came from The LED Light and proved to be the PERFECT Solution to the too bright or too dim problem.
The way I have my White LED Porch Light wired is so that it remains on no matter which direction the train is going, it is also wired to the "Marker Lamps" so that if I want to turn off the interior lights and still keep Santa and the rear marker lamps lit I can do so. So now Santa is clearly visible for further distances and the White LED lights him up very nicely, the marker lamps help light him up a little from the sides, but the White LED Porch Lamp is illuminating Santa more than even these incandescent lights are doing. The Santa Claus is an Aristo-Craft figurine and was perfect for placement on the back porch of the USA Observation Deck or "Porch" as some may call it. Courtesy of Clay Fugitte