Space in our house is getting a little tight and my show cupboard is already full. So I decided to make a few additional shelves to hold more shoes. Also, the light in the cupboard is minimal due to the door blocking the light source from the hallway when opened. So I decided to install some LED lights (which I had lying around) and power them from under the house.
This was relatively easy to do because there is already the wiring for the outdoor projection and audio system going from under the house to up in the attic, along with power. So I needed to do was run another cable through to below the house and plug it up under there. Then install a switch to flick on the LED’s when the cupboard is opened.
All this wasted space!
Current cabling includes power, audio and network
Measurements for shelf
Multi-tool being used to remove edges
Liquid nails used to bind shelf
Let it set overnight
Making the top shelves which sit on the main shelf
Drilling and screwing
Shelves all installed. But at night you can hardly see the shoes
Preparing the LED’s. I bought a pack of 30 of these for $1 each off eBay quite some time ago. They come in handy!
Making sure they work
Soldering and wiring up the plugs
Testing with adapter
Testing with switch
Cabling has been run and powered from under the house (using DC 12v adapter). Now to install the switch and mount the lights
Switch is retro fitted with double-sided tape for now. Screwed in later and cabling tidied up
Bumper added on door to trigger the switch
Complete! Nice and bright