The LEGO® Lighting Book: Light Your LEGO® Models! (Hardcover)

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Light up your LEGO models to create eye-popping projects and dazzling special effects! This definitive collection of practical DIY LEGO brick lighting techniques includes over 120 full-color photos and hands-on projects for AFOLs (Adult Fans of LEGO).

Take your LEGO models to the next level by adding lights to your builds! Whether you want to illuminate official LEGO sets, develop your own realistically lit LEGO models, or design fantastical, glowing worlds, this book will show you how to make your creations stand out—even in the dark. 

Clear instructions, inspiring examples, and vivid images illustrate how to achieve the best lighting for interior scenes, buildings, minifigs, vehicles, shadow sculptures, glowing artwork, and animated effects. You’ll learn how to: 
  • Create your own shadow art with carefully placed LEGO bricks and lights
  • Build realistic lamps, streetlights, and other common light fixtures, using LEGO elements to control the flow of light
  • Make custom-light handheld accessories like laser swords and torches by drilling and wiring minifigs 
  • Simulate rocket engines, gunfire, and more with real-time lighting effects
  • Choose between a range of lighting solutions, from official LEGO lighting elements, specialized third-party products, off-the-shelf options like under-cabinet and Christmas lights, and DIY circuits

Each chapter features a beautifully photographed gallery of inspiring examples, and an exclusive project with step-by-step building instructions so you can experiment with different lighting techniques. Beyond just installing lights functionally, you’ll discover how to creatively sculpt with lightings and bricks.

About the Author

Brian Williams is a software development manager and specialist in miniature photography. He has been a member of the LEGO community for 25+ years with a focus on lighting, trains, military, adventure and Science Fiction movies. Williams has won five Brickworld Awards and written articles for Brickjournal and RailBricks. He contributed to the book The Art of LEGO Design (No Starch, 2014).

Praise For…

"A truly awe-inspiring book for any LEGO® builder, artist, or photographer."
—Hue Hughes, Toy Photographer

"Amazing insights of possibilities in lighting LEGO® sets with instructions for some examples. It also compares existing lighting kits with DIY solutions. A must-have for lighting enthusiasts and people who want to become one."
—Holger Wennmann, @AustrianBrickFan

"A must-read for any LEGO® fan looking to take their creations to a whole new level. With step-by-step instructions, helpful tips and stunning examples, this guide beautifully showcases the world of LEGO® lighting and will serve as an inspiration for LEGO® fans."

"Amazing photography . . . a really interesting read and resource to have on the shelf in your LEGO room."
—Adam King, Adam's Brick Junction

"Williams makes complex lighting techniques easy to understand and breaks down complex builds into manageable step-by-step instructions. Whether you want to take your LEGO builds up a notch or give yourself an extra hour of quiet time by letting your husband and kids build a circuit board, this book is an amazing resource that should have a space on every LEGO enthusiast’s shelf."
—Louise Knight-Gibson, Smile Politely

"The LEGO Lighting Book will be a constant reference source for all LEGO designers and builders."
—Wayne Moore, LEGO Enthusiast

"A 'must have' acquisition for the legions of dedicated LEGO fans, [The LEGO Lighting Book] will prove to be an immediate and enduringly popular addition to personal, professional, community, college, and university library collections."
—Midwest Book Review
Product Details
ISBN: 9781718500846
ISBN-10: 171850084X
Publisher: No Starch Press
Publication Date: August 8th, 2023
Pages: 200
Language: English