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    I've worked for an LED lighting manufacturer for 10 years and whilst this is a good idea I would warn you of the following;This stuff is $7a roll for a reason. The colour consistency is horrendous and the quality of chip is poor. The CRI will be particularly bad. CRI is the colour rendering index which affect how our eyes see things. The colours you will be seeing under the light of the strip will be extremely innacurate (so no putting your make up on in the garage buddy). Finally sticking the strip directly on to a wooden beam will reduce the life time significantly. LED's last a very long time when put in to a product with good thermal management. Essentially, they need some form of heat sink to draw the heat away from the LED, to allow it to run cool and therefore last 20years+. When...see more »I've worked for an LED lighting manufacturer for 10 years and whilst this is a good idea I would warn you of the following;This stuff is $7a roll for a reason. The colour consistency is horrendous and the quality of chip is poor. The CRI will be particularly bad. CRI is the colour rendering index which affect how our eyes see things. The colours you will be seeing under the light of the strip will be extremely innacurate (so no putting your make up on in the garage buddy). Finally sticking the strip directly on to a wooden beam will reduce the life time significantly. LED's last a very long time when put in to a product with good thermal management. Essentially, they need some form of heat sink to draw the heat away from the LED, to allow it to run cool and therefore last 20years+. When you place LED on to a non-thermally conductive material (like wood/plastic etc) it's lifetime will be anything up to 90% shorter than predicted. Best bet is to screw some cheap aluminium profile to the beams and stick the LED strip on to that. Ideally you'd buy a better quality strip tho. It will be more efficient, therefore consume less energy, therefore cost less to run and will also last a lot longer.

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