How to Light a Bookcase or Bookshelf

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How to Light a Bookcase or Bookshelf
Brighten your home's bookcases or bookshelves by running rope lights along the shelves. (bibliotheque image by Zeno from Fotolia.com)

Lighting a bookcase or a bookshelf can give your room a dramatic appearance. It is especially convenient if your bookcases are located in a dark basement or attic room. There are several ways to light a bookshelf, many of which require advanced carpentry skills and complicated tools. One simpler method involves attaching rope lighting to the bottom of each shelf to illuminate the books. Choose high-quality LED rope lighting so you wont have to replace it often.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Rope lighting
  • Drill
  • Electric tape
  • Long staples
  • Hammer

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Place the end of the rope lighting across the top left of the back of the first shelf. Temporarily secure the rope light with electric tape.

  2. 2

    Drill a hole that is large enough for the rope and plug to slide through on the top right of the back of the first shelf.

  3. 3

    Pull the plug though the hole so that the rope light is taut in place and the rest of the plug is in the back of the bookcase.

  4. 4

    Drill a hole on the top right and the top left of the back of the next lowest shelf. Run the rope light and plug through the top right hole and back out the top left hole. This will expose another row of lights and enable you to hide the vertical rope. Temporarily secure the rope light with electric tape.

  5. 5

    Repeat this process for all of the bookcase shelves and end so that the rope light is exiting from the back of the bookshelf.

  6. 6

    Place a long staple around the middle of one of the rope light rows and gently hammer it into the bookshelf. Do not pierce the flexible plastic tube. Do not use a staple gun as it will apply too much pressure and will damage the lights. Remove the electric tape and hammer staples every few inches to keep the rope lights in place.

  7. 7

    Repeat this process with all of the rows of lights.

  8. 8

    Plug the lights in.

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