This Nativity scene of mine will soon be brought out from its cupboard and placed in my living room. It's the most recent crib I've built, and the biggest (the figures are 8 inch). Unlike the rest I didn't sell it or give it away; though it's my most ambitious so far, it does feature a glaring (ironically, very much not glaring) problem which will take major surgery to fix. You will see there are two lamps; one in the corner behind the donkey, which lights up reasonably well, and the other top centre, which is uselessly weak.
That overhead lamp is crucial to the scene, especially since one would like it to look atmospheric with the room lights turned low, so the lack of illumination is disappointing. After all the creative effort put in to connect it up. The wires run through a channel up the middle of that column, up from another channel cut in the baseboard, from the battery compartment which is under the straw storage in the right hand corner. There's a discrete switch on the outside. It's been fun getting into these LED circuits, learning about soldering etc. But I guess I still have a lot to learn about resistance. Whatever you read, informing you how many resistors to place in the circuit, you still need some judgment according to the length of wire you use, because that offers resistance itself, and it makes a difference when your current is so low in the first place, as in these battery circuits. I've used button batteries sometimes - the current is minuscule. I will probably take the battery compartment apart to fix the problem, just not now. It's going to be stressful!
These figures were a little pricey; I just had to strike a balance between quality of finish and economy. It's certainly possible to pay a lot more. This set could have been very much more with a full complement of animals and shepherds. And prices rise exponentially with every extra inch in figure height. Anyway, when you build a scene like this, you start with the figures, because their size and number governs everything else. It's fun working everything out, doing the detailing and yes, the lighting. I'll be happy to do more work like this, it's just a matter of having a customer :) And the first question I will ask is, do you already have some figures you want to place in the stable scene?