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Modding my flat [Sunday 17th November 2013 at 10:48 pm]

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You may remember that a month or so back I bought some LED lighting strips from Ikea and was trying to work out what to do with them.

Well, I still haven't worked out how I want them in the bookcase. I have, however found somewhere else to place them. This is what the kitchen used to look like:

And this is what it looks like with the LED strips on (same exposure as the previous photo):

Yes, that's five of the strips strategically placed underneath the kitchen cupboards - one on the right of the hob, two on the left, and two more above the sink. Since taking those photos the cables have been tided away with copious amounts of Blu-tack (for non-Brits, think a sort of reusable sticky putty) and so far nothing's fallen down.

Oh, and I put the other bookcase together as well - you can see it (or rather, the blurred top of it) in the photos. And then discovered that Ikea have change the design a bit over the years with the result that it doesn't quite line up with the existing bookcase, but meh. That's easily solvable by moving the shelves in it so it doesn't line up at all :)
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[User Picture]From: rustica
Monday 18th November 2013 at 12:03 am (UTC)
What a difference it makes to the dark area under the corner unit! We've been thinking about something similar for our kitchen, so it's useful to see them in situ. Not sure whether such things are available over here, though; NZ is officially too small for an Ikea, alas, although we can apparently get stuff imported from Oz - for a large markup.
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[User Picture]From: boggyb
Monday 18th November 2013 at 10:49 pm (UTC)
The Ikea ones are actually relatively expensive at £20/pack, considering that you can get similar strips on eBay for quite a bit less (I went for the Ikea ones mainly because I happened to be there getting the rest of the new furniture). A friend bought a set a while back to fit in his living room.

I did consider getting RGB ones, but looking at them in the shop I decided that I preferred the white of the single-colour strips to the white of the RGB ones (the single-colour strips have a warmer colour).
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[User Picture]From: jecook
Monday 18th November 2013 at 1:19 am (UTC)
I have a couple sections of the flexible multi-color LED strips mounted on top of a tall bookcase in my office; I use it with the red color for night lighting in the room so I don't trip over the cats if I need to get up in the middle of the night.
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