Build indirect lighting yourself: ideas & instructions


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Can also illuminate effectively: picture frames on the wall.

Friends of my husband want a home improvement gift from him: An indirect lighting for their living room, so light that does not shine directly into the eyes and hidden behind a tasteful cover. He asked me for some ideas:

  • (1) That is not very difficult to realize. Indirect lighting is basically anything that emits light, but where the actual lighting fixtures can not be seen.
  • (2) Many artistic works that can be hung on the wall can be made into indirect lighting with lights behind them. For example, you can attach a picture to a wooden board, attach four blocks at the back as spacers, and one for hanging up, install a light tube around these blocks, and put the picture on the wall. A watercolor painting could become a translucent light source when it is glued onto a translucent polypropylene plate, which is provided at the rear with cubes of transparent material as a spacer. You can also hang your own light art work on the wall by painting an acrylic plate with acrylics with your desired motif and then proceed as described above. Many a work of art can also be provided with light at the back or the inside.
  • (3) The cover can also be built specifically for lighting. Here are many variants possible, actually everything that can be fixed with some distance to the wall, can be with indirect light behind indirect lighting. You can cut silhouettes of any kind out of wood or other material, attach them with spacers behind them to the wall and then illuminate them from the back.
  • (4) Then there is the idea to hide the indirect lighting behind existing objects such as cabinet walls or glass showcases or wall panels. Here at most a custom made wall panel would be a gift if such elongated lighting is welcome. Then the wall panel can be built by my husband, maybe the same wood as the furniture in the living room. He could also string several wall panels side by side, simple frames of wood or metal, for example, covered with fabric or with a transparent plastic. The tutorial on how to bring lighting into a wall unit or behind the glass of a display case is at most a nice little extra gift.
  • (5) The easiest way to provide an indirect illumination with light, is the introduction of so-called LED Stripes. LED Stripes are flat bands about 3 mm thick, about 8 mm wide and can be up to 5 meters long. These stripes are populated with up to 60 LEDs per meter, which produces a good light output. An LED Stripe is provided with an adhesive strip on the back, so it is very easy to assemble. In addition, an LED Stripe can be separated every 5 cm with a pair of scissors, so the correct length of the lighting can be easily made.
  • (6) The use of the LED Stripes opens up even more design possibilities: They are available in many different colors, even LED Stripes with RGB color changes are available, so that the indirect lighting can spread a certain mood or atmosphere at the touch of a button. With the right controller, the LED Stripes can also be dimmed.
  • (7) The use of LEDs also has the advantage that the new lighting consumes only a fraction of the power of conventional bulbs. The extra power consumption is often an argument that makes you shy away from installing indirect lighting. When LEDs are used, any living room can be transformed into an oasis of recuperation without regard to power consumption.

At the next visit, my husband will make these suggestions to the friendly couple and go to work after the selection.

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