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Forum topic by DonJ posted 08-02-2012 09:44 PM 1014 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-02-2012 09:44 PM

I’m building a 1700’s reproduction corner cabinet out of walnut. My wife wants cabinet lighting installed, so I guess it will be an updated period piece. The shelving is solid walnut and is only 3/4” thick, and the cabinet is closed with a 15 light door. To keep the heat at a minimum, I’m thinking about using LED lighting versus some of the higher heat lighting.

I’ve never installed cabinet lighting, so would appreciate any help. In regards to installation, and since the shelving is triangular, I thought I would surface mount the LED lights (they appear to be small circular pucks) and route a shallow trough to the back of the shelf and drill a hole to access the back of the cabinet. I was thinking about covering up the trough with a thin piece of walnut and hot melt glue it in place so it can be removed later on if need be. I have to install 5 lights, as there are five of the shelves that are in the “presentation” area of the cabinet. Is there a better way?

As far as a lighting source, I came across one source where the lights are only 5/16” tall; I could even drill a hole with a forstner bit and make the lights near flush to the under surface of the shelves. They also have a dimmer switch, which would be an added benefit. The downside is that they are over $40 per light. Are there any recommended sources that someone has used? Thanks for your help.

-- Don, San Antonio, TX

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#1 posted 08-02-2012 10:31 PM

I have never been anything other than disappointed with LED lights. They are simply not a patch on a low voltage halogen. They are either too weak or too focused a beam, and they are a blue-white which looks harsh in a cabinet.
If you are dead set on the LED route, I’d get one to try first and show your wife before you buy them all.

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#2 posted 08-02-2012 10:44 PM

Actually.. I have used LED with success in making furniture. My first was an LED ring in the bathroom around the sink. We love it. My second is about to be used on a bed I'm currently making and blogging about right now on LJ’s. Go to and search for led lighting. There are lots types of LED lights. You just hook them up to a 12 volt plug in supply and they’re good to go. You can get them in buttons, strips, or ribbons like I’m using on the bed.

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