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Light Ideas: Glowing Shelves

AHQ-ShelvesWhen space is at a premium, wiring under cabinet and accent lighting can prove tricky. Here is an ingenious trick for illuminating a wall using shelves as a light source.

This “glowing shelf” effect is easily achieved using LED strip and acrylic shelving. Aurora created these glowing shelves using ST224 in warm white. For extra pizazz, try using the color-changing LED strip ST224RGB.


Regarding the shelves, it might be worth a trip to the hardware store to purchase acrylic material the same or greater thickness than the LED strip you use. Also, make sure the edges of the acrylic material are a matte finish to reduce glare.

Step 1: Create a space in the wall that is the same thickness as your acrylic shelves and your LED strip. It should also be the same length as your shelves and strip.

Step 2: With the light source shining outwards, install the LED strip into the space you have created.

Step 3: Slide your acrylic shelves into the space you have created. Again, the edges should be matte to reduce glare.

Step 4: Secure the acrylic shelves with metal hardware or another material, depending on the purpose of the shelves and if they’re weight-bearing.

Step 5: Turn on the LED strip for a new wall light that truly multi-tasks!

As always, consult with a licensed professional before undertaking any new lighting installation.

Frontier Lighting would be glad to assist you with this wall mounted LED lighting idea, or any other lighting projects you may have.

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