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LED light strip in wood housing

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Step 8: Cord and backing

Picture of Cord and backing
Once the LEDs and resistor are connected, I got a piece of lamp cord.  I cut one conductor longer than the other to up with one end of the wire at each end of the housing.  Then I soldered this to the LEDs and resistor.

Once everything was hooked up, it was time for the smoke test.  I used an outlet strip with a circuit breaker which would shut off if there was a problem with the wiring, but luckily it worked fine.

Having verified that it works, it was time to unplug it and finish putting it together.  I pressed the LEDs firmly into their holes, and closed up the back by gluing on the thin strip of wood I cut earlier on the table saw.  Otherwise, tape or some other insulator would work to cover the back and ends.
 
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