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Building a Better DETOLF Display (2)Building a Better DETOLF Display (2)

VeersVeers5 years agoDiary
Hello again fellow collectors!

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In my previous post BLOG #20116 I talked about running DIODER wiring for lighting and building a raiser shelf for my DETOLF shelves. That post showed how I had, among other things, used double sided foam tape to angle the light strips slightly inwards to give better lighting to the rear of the shelves.

This worked out decently, but after a few weeks of that setup I decided I wanted to do something to try to hide the lights themselves so that they would not be as visible from the front when you look at the display, because that glare is a little distracting. Here's how this next phase of the project turned out and below are the details:

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I first experimented how this might work by cutting out strips of cardboard and taping them in front of the DIODER lights. Of course, cardboard strips like that was too tacky looking to actually leave there, but I really did like the result in terms of blocking the glare.

IKEA actually makes a light strip called INREDA (sized for BESTA shelves) that is designed with a frame that hides the light from the front, but the DIODER has no such thing. I thought about what I could do with my limited access to tools and had the idea that some kind of molding or maybe some kind of dowel or weather stripping or something could do the job of hiding the lights while allowing for them to be slightly angled inwards.

My requirements were threefold:
1) Light weight (so mounting tape could be used)
2) Covers the light from the front
3) Allows for, if not facilitates, the lights to be angled inward

With that in mind, I went to the hardware store to wander around and see what I could see. I found some kind of long plastic thing (honestly I'm not sure what it even was...) that looked promising but the shape was a bit weird so I wasn't sure if I could get it to do what I wanted. Further down the isle I found the molding strips and was surprised to see that 8 feet of molding was only $3.50, so I picked up two while I was there, thinking 4 DETOLF with 4 lights each with 1 foot per light. Well, once I got home and took a closer look I decided that it would be better to go all the way across the shelf instead of only 1 foot wide (DIODER are about 10" long), and for that, 13 3/4" pieces is what is needed, so I actually had to go back and get another piece later.

I realize this that was a lot of words, so on with to the rest of the pictures!

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(Measuring, sawing, sanding. A small hand saw was plenty to cut through this soft wood.)

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(Primer and paint.)

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(This concave molding strip provides a great way to angle the lights)


13 3/4" fits the sides up against the metal shelf supports. This measurement actually was not consistent in all 4 of my DETOLF because of minor warping or torquing making some more like 14" wide, but 13 3/4" was my smallest number to account for.

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Here's how it looked when I was partly finished so you can see the difference between the way the lights were mounted previously and the way they are now (note shelf on far right still has lights mounted using only tape).

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This weekend I went back for the last strip of molding I needed. While I was there I went by the plumbing isle and picked up 4' of quarter inch clear tubing for 16 cents per foot. Quick detour from the lighting talk, but for you other DETOLF owners out there, do you ever get annoyed by that loud glass-on-glass rattling when you open the door and rummage around in there? Cut that stuff into 1/2" pieces and no more rattling!

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And finally, here's how it looks after getting the last shelf finished. By nature of the glass backing on the DETOLF, there is still some reflection, but overall there is a lot less glare and better lighting of the figures.
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That about wraps up this post. Cost of material for this phase was only about $11 total!

If you've got questions or ideas or wanna share how you tackled lighting your shelves, comment away.
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0pt
The corner molding looks great for the lighting! Your display looks a lot cleaner with the trim hiding the lights. I really love your ideas! If I decide to add lighting to my DETOLFs I'll have to use your idea! <3
5 years ago
0pt
Nice mod!
The display looks great!
5 years ago
0pt
Shimakaze69 (5 years ago) #2806843Sadly I have no electrical skills so rigging some lights will be a huge undertaking, but thank you for the ideas!Well the nice thing about IKEA lights is you don't have to do anything with the electrical stuff itself like soldering wires or anything unless you're doing something really advanced. All you need to do is figure out a way to manage the wires that you're happy with.

Moro (5 years ago) #2806819Excellent results!
I will pick up some of that clear tubing to reinforce the hold on my shelves. That rattling is unsettling as well as annoying!
Thanks! And yeah, the tubing trick I saw on SSF and was like "why didn't I think of this sooner?" Best $0.64 shelving upgrade ever.

AndyError (5 years ago) #2807127How did you cut those wooden strips? Since I don't have any tools for cutting wood, do you know if hardware stores have services for cutting up strips of wood? (Kinda like how JOANNS has a service for cutting fabric?)As pictured, I just used a small hand saw I borrowed from my dad. Super easy to use and not expensive if you decide to buy one yourself. As for cutting services, I know Lowe's (where I got these materials) does offer wood cutting services but I'm not sure if they charge you extra for that or if they will only cut certain types of wood (such as plywood and 2x4s). You should ask at the store(s) in your area.
5 years ago
0pt
Thank you for the article! I'm happy that you completed this project before I bought the detolfs in case I want to emulate what you did; I'm planning on buying detolfs this weekend so I want to be sure I have everything I need.

How did you cut those wooden strips? Since I don't have any tools for cutting wood, do you know if hardware stores have services for cutting up strips of wood? (Kinda like how JOANNS has a service for cutting fabric?)
5 years ago
0pt
Such a simple, smart and cheap solution; I like it! I'll have to remember this for when I get new shelves.
5 years ago
1pt
I love these posts about crafty detolfs and lighting techniques. I just have all my figures on open book shelves and it drives me crazy not being able to keep them safe and they're all unlit at the moment. I really like the idea of using the molding to angle the lights and reduce glare! Hopefully I can make a trip to Ikea, luckily it's only 2 hours away in Pittsburgh, and pick up a few detolfs. Sadly I have no electrical skills so rigging some lights will be a huge undertaking, but thank you for the ideas!
5 years ago
0pt
Excellent results!

I will pick up some of that clear tubing to reinforce the hold on my shelves. That rattling is unsettling as well as annoying!
5 years ago
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Finally figured out that you were taking a pic of the length on the piece of wood with the lite on it. took me a few minutes I though it looked like a piece of bone LOL

= )

Tia
5 years ago
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Another great DIY project.

= )

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