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Under Cabinet LED Lights

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I started with a large LED strip, custom cut it to the size, ran the power, installed a switch, and neatly hid wires. This project can easily be adapter to anywhere you need some lighting under something. (eg. kitchen cabinets, work spaces, shelving, display cases, etc.) It is also a good guide on how to install lighting strips in general and can be used as a base for other low voltage lighting projects.
 
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Step 1: Materials

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Here is everything I used to complete this project:
The total cost was around $40.

Step 2: Tools

  • Drill
  • Hammer
  • Wire Cutters
  • Wire Strippers
  • Soldering Iron + Solder
  • Heat Gun or Hair Dryer
  • Tape Measure
  • (Opt) Hot Glue Gun
  • (Opt) Paint Brush

Step 3: Plan

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Each strip will be 5 feet long and centered. The total power consumption will be 2 amps at 12 volts DC.

Step 4: Initial Wiring

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  1. Measure and then cut LED strip. (at indicated marks on strip)
  2. Measure and cut two wires for each shelf. (you want about 6" extra to be safe)
  3. Since both wires are the same color mark one positive wire with tape.
  4. Solder wire to the end of the strip and cover in heat shrink tubing.
  5. Strip the DC lead off of connector that was originally connected to the strip when manufactured.
  6. Solder 8" of wire to the terminals of the switch then cover in heat shrink tubing.

Step 5: Place LED Strip

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Place led strip on by removing protective film and pressing firmly on the space between the LED's.
Be slow and be careful a ruler may help with aliment.
Hot glue may be needed in some spots (ie. the ends of the strip) but the adhesive backing is actually really strong.
iool4 months ago
I really wanna know more details about the choose of the components
iool4 months ago
I really wanna know more details about the choose of the components
Really neat job! I've been thinking of doing this on my PC desk, so I can use it at night without having the room light on.
HollyMann6 months ago
That turned out really nice! :)