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Do It Yourself or Not: LED light strip

Gene and Katie Hamilton, Tribune Content Agency on

You have a lot of options when it comes to strip lighting, also called tape lights and ribbon lights. You’ll find choices in the color of lights, how to control them by a light switch or remote, and how to use them. LED light strips are ideal for accent lighting under a cabinet shelf, inside a dark closet, as perimeter lighting, for a task like reading or cooking, or as indirect lighting.

If you have an out-of-the-way dark space, you won’t find an easier solution than an LED light strip on a tape. It’s ideal in an office or curio cabinet too. Most come in a complete lighting kit you can install quickly and easily, and consist of connectible LED light strips with an on/off switch and transformer outlet plug with adhesive strips for mounting. These energy misers use less than half a watt per strip and are sold in kits designed for a do-it-yourselfer to install.

We found www.flexfireleds.com with a nice way to select a lighting kit. For example, we customized a plug and play strip light kit with a 16-foot reel of soft natural white lights with a manual on/off switch. It included a plug-in driver, terminal and coaxial and jumper connectors and a GE power switch for $210. A handyman would charge $300, which includes labor and material, to install the lighting. Or you can do it yourself for $210 and save 30%.

Pro Cost: $300 — DIY Cost: $201
Pro time: 1.0 — DIY Time: 1.0
DIY Savings: $90 — Percent Saved: 30%



To find more DIY project costs and to post comments and questions, visit www.diyornot.com and m.diyornot.com on smartphones.

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