DIY SHELF LIGHTING
I have an affinity for books, and for the past decade I've sadly relegated them to bins and boxes. I recently found an essay I wrote in high school on my love of reading and in it I said that I wanted the "finest thing in my house to be my library." I think high school me would be pretty proud of these book cases. My favorite feature is the lighting. It gives such a nice glow at night, and elevates the whole piece. I was able to find very affordable lighting that was easy to use. If you are illuminating a bookcase or adding under cabinet lighting in a kitchen, you'll want to read on. Here is all the lighting info!
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We need more light in our living room, since we only have lamps and no overhead lights. I knew I wanted to add lighting to the book cases. Originally I thought just some sconces on the outside, but after researching, I decided to illuminate each shelf.
I found all of my lighting from one company on Amazon and took a chance.
The company that these lights are from is called Aiboo. I had never purchased from them before, but they had a ton of options for lighting. After looking at several options and measuring my shelves I decided that bar lights would be best for the front shelves and puck lights for the corners.
Aiboo had options for both hardwired and plugin lights, since there was an outlet behind my shelving I was able to go with plug-in. This made it really easy. The kit I picked came with 4 bar lights and all the connectors as well as a dimmer. I was really impressed with what I got for the money. What I paid for the kit is what I would have paid for just one (maybe two) lights at the big box store. The fact that it came with two different length connectors meant I could really customize to what I needed.
To hang the lights, I drilled a small hole behind the trim work in each shelf and ran the lighting up through it. You can choose to get a kit that all comes of one connector or that has each light connected to the next light (that's what I went with). The kit comes with both screws or 2 sided tape to attach the bar, I used the tape and they've held up well but it would be easy enough to screw them in if you were concerned.
I then purchased a "Y-Connector" to connect the two kits together so that they would be on one switch.
Since I had such a good experience with the bar lights, I went ahead and purchased puck lights from the same company. Again they came with all the connectors necessary. I think I ended up liking the puck lights better because they were very slim and the cords were white, so they blended in really well with the shelving. I may try to spray paint the wires of the bar lights white. You can't see them from most angles, but when I'm sitting in my recliner at an angle, I do. Which I realize is silly, so for now the black will stay, but I just wanted you to be aware that the cords are black on the bar light packs.
I was able to link the puck lights and the bar lights through a connector that came with the kit, however the dimmer does not extend to the pucklights when hooked up like this. I could just have the pucklights on a separate dimmer, but I like the ease of flipping one switch.
Would I purchase these lights again? Yes, I absolutely would. I was so impressed with the quality from a company I had never heard of. They were affordable (more affordable than anything I found in stores) and came with everything needed
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