Been doing house renovations: LED lights

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Blog entry by Craftsman on the lake posted 08-09-2013 01:54 AM 2919 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been busy doing a whole house restore at our place. I’ve posted on with a blog series. But today I installed some LED lighting It’s cool so I thought I’d do a little post here.

History…. A load bearing wall was removed to make the living area larger. You can see where it was and the two posts holding up the place. We had dark paneling which I’ve replaced with sheetrock and painted LIGHTER. It was really dark. The LED lighting is ribbon lighting with a 60 watt power supply and remote RF controller. The whole electronics part is going to be hidden in an alcove in the wall, covered, and then behind the flatscreen TV we’ll acquire eventually. No wires showing for anything.
The lights in blue. you can choose any color, flash, strobe, dissolve, brighten, speed up/slow down. Very cool.

The trim for the header. This is where the wall was originally. The trim is simply an oak board with an ogee and another ogee on top of that. Simple to make. Not much fun to put up.

Power supply (60W) top, the one with the holes, wireless controller in my hand, and receiver (white wire with box the size of a stick of gum.

Wider angle. Alcove to house all internet stuff and lighting power behind TV. We cut cable long ago. Use an antenna and download what we need using netflix and the web.

Another view from the other side of the header with a different color light.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#1 posted 08-09-2013 02:17 AM

these are really nice. adds a lot of character and tone to the room

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#2 posted 08-09-2013 02:32 AM

I’d like to put indirect LED on the ridge beam that runs through my living room. It’s about 22’ long, and 13’ or so up. Two reasons- LEDs are more long-lived than other illumination types, and use less power. Long lived is a big deal, because I’d have to build a scaffold to get to the beam.

If you don’t mind my asking, how many feet long is the run of lights, and about what did the lighting system cost?

And how many lumens do you get for the 60W?


-- Random Orbital Nailer

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#3 posted 08-09-2013 06:30 AM

Looks like “disco’s” back.
Can’t wait to see your finished project…....................

-- mike...............

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#4 posted 08-09-2013 09:54 AM

You can buy a kit of a roll of 16 feet of lighting, small power supply and IR controller on Amazon for about 50-60 bucks that work well. I used some on a platform bed a while back. But for this application time I wanted a larger power supply as I’m planning other lighting in this area. I purchased three 16 ft rolls at about $12 each and I got the RF controller which I recommend as the IR one you have to point the remote at a small pigtail that has the receiver in it. the RF one is like wireless. Good for around 50 ft and no direct line pointing to make it work. I guess I have about $80 in this and all from Amazon with free shipping. Each roll of lighting has a connector on it to hook one strip to another. You can also cut the strips into segments. Each 4” segment can stand on it’s own. You would have to solder some tiny wires on the end of the cut strip to power it though.

I’m also trying to replace most of my light fixtures with LED lights. Easily dimmable, super long life expectancy, and they use a fraction of the electricity even compared to CFL’s. They can be expensive though but the long life and energy savings does make up for it over time.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#5 posted 08-10-2013 02:37 AM

Thanks, I appreciate the information. I’m trying to avoid designing the whole thing myself, that’s the way I tend to do things. And I really don’t have the time for that. I really like the idea of getting the desired illumination at minimum cost, in terms of purchase price and longevity…with minimal environmental impact.


-- Random Orbital Nailer

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