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LEGO designer tips: how to build street-lamps

by admin on January 9, 2015

in Building Techniques

LEGO Creator designer Jamie Berard regularly shares building tips on how to improve your building skills by using more advanced techniques and create some impressive masterpieces. Today we will look at how to build LEGO street-light using a few basic parts and some clever techniques. 🙂

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You will notice that many of the LEGO Creator and LEGO City sets include street-lights of various designs. Of course there is the standard LEGO street-light with a lamp-pole that is all one piece. Here all you have to do is ad a light on top, and maybe a bit of decorative finish. Even this light-pole actually has two versions. Although they are quite similar at first look, the decoration at their base is different; the older version has six grooves, whereas the newer one has four grooves. Also, while the newer version only comes in black and white, the older version came in black, white, light-gray, dark-gray, and some fun colors like red, turquoise, violet and pink. Then there is the really old, but very nice looking LEGO Fabuland lamp-post, that you can also see in the video below as Jamie refers to it.

LEGO Street Light in Christmas Set

The regular LEGO street-light is included in all of the LEGO Modular Buildings and LEGO Winter Village sets (you can find the old version with six grooves in the older sets, and the new version with four grooves in the newer sets), as well as in several LEGO City and other sets. And while you can certainly top them off with different lights, it is also sometimes fun – and a good challenge – to build your own LEGO light-poles from scratch.

LEGO Street Lights

In the video below Jamie shows you six LEGO street-light examples. It is interesting that he mentions that when LEGO designers work on a new set they often include several versions of the street-light, just to see which one would work the best. And while Jamie only shows you step-by-step instructions on how to build one of the LEGO street-lights, you can easily build the other ones if you have the right pieces, or use the examples given here as inspirations to come up with your own designs.

Many people also add real working lights to their LEGO City layouts. You can make these on your own by using thin wires and LED lights, or just buy a light-kit from one of the LEGO customizers. In fact, LEGO customizer BrickForge used to make a lamp-post that was hollow all the way through and you could split it open to easily include a wire (I’m not sure if they still make them – I couldn’t find it in their store at the time of writing this article). Also, LEGO customizer LiteUpBlocks makes an already wired version of the standard LEGO lamp-post that works with either batteries or with a USB plug. Below is a picture of all the LEGO lamp-posts I have for comparison (from left to right): LEGO Fabuland, LEGO old style with six grooves, LEGO new style with four grooves, BrickForge, LightUpBlocks with USB cable, LigthUpBlocks with battery-box.

LEGO Lamp Posts

The bottom line is that LEGO street-lights – whether they light up or not – are a fun addition to any LEGO city and can really make your creation stand out. You can make them simple, or complex, modern or old-fashioned, and there are plenty of small LEGO elements you can use to build them. Hope the examples shown here give you some inspiration to make your own!

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So what do you think? Have you ever built your own street light, or you normally just use the standard one. Did you ever modify a LEGO lamp-post to add real light to it? Are there any other street-light designs you really like? Feel free to share in the comment section below! 😉

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Meneldur January 9, 2015 at 10:54 AM

Hey! It’s been a long time! How was everyone’s Christmas?
Btw, loving this article. Just so happens I’m working on building some streetlamps.

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admin January 9, 2015 at 12:33 PM

Gosh, I haven’t seen you around for like how long? Three months? Everything okay with you? Here everyone is fine – as far as I know. Nice to have you back! 🙂

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Meneldur January 9, 2015 at 7:57 PM

I’m doing well. Been really busy. Glad to be back!
I got the AT-AT and Snowspeeder for Christmas among other things. Having a lot of fun with those. Imperial Star Destroyer’s coming this weekend!

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admin January 9, 2015 at 8:02 PM

Nice! That’s a lot of Star Wars to keep you busy! 😀

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MrTotoro January 9, 2015 at 12:40 PM

How is the 4th one from the left built? I can’t figure it out!

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admin January 9, 2015 at 12:44 PM

As far as I can tell, that’s a minifigs lance in black http://www.bricklink.com/catalogItem.asp?P=3849 topped with a robot arm http://www.bricklink.com/catalogItem.asp?P=4735 to attach the light. 😉

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MrTotoro January 9, 2015 at 1:23 PM

Oh okay thanks! I didn’t know it was possible to attach hands on the opposite side of but at the same height as the handle of the lance.

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admin January 9, 2015 at 1:50 PM

Yes, you can! 😛

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MrTotoro January 9, 2015 at 2:11 PM

You wouldn’t believe how long I sat over that blurred video still trying to figure the technique out…. 😀

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admin January 10, 2015 at 10:17 AM

Yeah, stuff like that happens to me too at times, especially when I’m not familiar with the parts used. That’s what LEGO communities are for, so we can ask. 🙂

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MrTotoro January 9, 2015 at 1:24 PM

Oh okay thanks! I didn’t know it was possible to attach a hand on the opposite side of but at the same height as the handle of the lance.

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Ryan Abbott January 19, 2015 at 2:56 PM

Hi there! I’m new to this site as I am researching Lego city display examples. My son and I just started ours and it’s coming along nicely. My one issue is the all-in-one white street lamps that are included in the modular buildings. Does anyone know where I can buy these in bulk? I’ve only found a few on eBay and I’d rather get them all in one shot. Any help would be much appreciated!

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admin January 19, 2015 at 3:27 PM

Ryan, the street lamps are readily available in any quantity you would like on BrickLink. Please note that there are two slightly different lamps included with the older and newer modulars, so I’m going to link you to both of them: http://www.bricklink.com/catalogItem.asp?P=11062 (newer), and http://www.bricklink.com/catalogItem.asp?P=2039 (older). The two designs are almost identical except that the older one has six decorative grooves at the bottom portion and the other has four. 😉

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