How to Add Indirect Lighting to Any Shelf Using LEGO+LED

You want to highlight something, maybe your LEGO collection? Here is an idea for you!

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How to Add Indirect Lighting to Any Shelf Using LEGO+LED
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So you have some shelves you want to illuminate.

So you have some shelves you want to illuminate.

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Use LEGO to disguise LED strips and block the light from blinding you. Here is how to do it:

Use LEGO to disguise LED strips and block the light from blinding you. Here is how to do it:

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First: Attach LED strips to the shelves

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Putting an LED strip on the shelf is easy but it looks really ugly.

Putting an LED strip on the shelf is easy but it looks really ugly.

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I even added a strip to the top and bottom of the shelves.

I even added a strip to the top and bottom of the shelves.

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Second: Build a frame using LEGO to block the light & hide the LED strips

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Later I came up with the idea to build a frame that fits the dimensions of the shelves. Using LEGO Technic bricks even allows light to shine through.

Later I came up with the idea to build a frame that fits the dimensions of the shelves. Using LEGO Technic bricks even allows light to shine through.

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Reinforce weak spots where needed.

Reinforce weak spots where needed.

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Third: Add the frame to the shelf

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Slide the frame onto the shelf.

Slide the frame onto the shelf.

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Using LEGO you are able to adjust to any height of wood!

Using LEGO you are able to adjust to any height of wood!

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Last: Wait until it is dark to check out the amazing result

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It makes a nice indirect lighting for your collection or whatever you want to highlight.

It makes a nice indirect lighting for your collection or whatever you want to highlight.

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The down-facing lights provide a lot of light for late-night work sessions without blinding you while sitting there.

The down-facing lights provide a lot of light for late-night work sessions without blinding you while sitting there.

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By adjusting the distance between the LEGO frame and the LED strip you can even control the brightness & the reach of the light beam

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You can put the switch in a small corner...

You can put the switch in a small corner...

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In case you manage to train R2-D2 to operate the switch, please tell me how you did it!

In case you manage to train R2-D2 to operate the switch, please tell me how you did it!

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For a 2.6 meter long LED-strip on top of my LEGO-shelf I wanted to apply the same method.

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I tried to use a wall of stones to hide your LED-strip - you could simply place it in front of it.

I tried to use a wall of stones to hide your LED-strip - you could simply place it in front of it.

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Sadly after 2.1 meters, I ran out of bricks

Sadly after 2.1 meters, I ran out of bricks

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So I switched to plates. While assembling them I added a little colour to the long strip. At both ends a little hook is attached.

So I switched to plates. While assembling them I added a little colour to the long strip. At both ends a little hook is attached.

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I just put it in front of the LED strip and it looks good!

I just put it in front of the LED strip and it looks good!

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The hook is securing the plates from falling down.

The hook is securing the plates from falling down.

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Now it's your turn: Add some indirect lighting to your rooms!

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