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post #1 of 6 Old 11-27-2017, 05:10 PM Thread Starter
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Ideas for lighting up display case needed

I want to light up a display case with 7 - 3ft glass shelves and want the lighting up front shining to the back. I have a 120 V light on top in the middle but the items on the glass shelves block the light. So Iím thinking about LED Strips with self-adhesive tape on each shelf. I donít want wires visible all over the place so Iím thinking about 12 volt lighting so I can hide the small wires and don't have to comply with Electrical Codes.
Is there anybody here that is experienced with this sort of thing to give me some advice?

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You wouldn't have to worry about the electrical with lighting. Wiring for lighting is routinely run through the cabinets. For example on undercounter lights on kitchen wall cabinets I put a false bottom on a cabinet with 1/4" plywood leaving a 3/4" void between it and the actual bottom for the purpose of running lamp cord.

If the top of the cabinet doesn't show you could just run a wire out the top and down the back of the cabinet.
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If the top of the cabinet doesn't show you could just run a wire out the top and down the back of the cabinet.
That's the way it is now, but I'm thinking about running lighting below the front of the shelves. The shelves are 3ft long and I don't think I have to go the entire length, but at least 75% of it to ensure everything on the shelves are illuminated.

I would have to hide and connect the wires in the front corner for each shelf.

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I found some lights on Amazon that might work and I would have to cut them into 7 pieces then solider a wire along the ends up from each shelf to the next strip. The only disadvantage is that I will not be able to change the shelf height or spacing.


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Iíve used LED lighting I got at Loweís. These little lights are only about 4Ē diameter but put out powerful light. Easy to install with a circle saw on your drill. I used two per upper shelf with framed glass shelving. Even though there are things on the middle shelves, it has enough light.
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Iíve used LED lighting I got at Loweís. These little lights are only about 4Ē diameter but put out powerful light. Easy to install with a circle saw on your drill. I used two per upper shelf with framed glass shelving. Even though there are things on the middle shelves, it has enough light.
I had a brain freeze. I meant hole saw above (circle saw).

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