It’s bright enough at night to read, study, peruse the internet without being too harsh on the eyes. I really enjoy how indirect and subtle the light is so it doesn’t get distracting.
I found this out near a dumpster by my place destined for the dump but I saved it and cut it down to size with a friend’s saw. Approximately 5 feet long. Cost: $0
Had a sheet of 140 grit sandpaper laying around and sanded down the wood to be painted. The wood was already in good condition so I didn’t have to go too overboard here. I used a single can of paint and primer in one, glossy black. A few coats all around and used up most of the paint. Cost: $5.
LED strip light from Amazon
These came in two-packs that cost about $8 (I split the other strip with a friend) for the pack and had 3M adhesive tape which you can see me peeling back as I stuck it to the backside of the plank. It’s very sticky and held on well to the black paint. I knew the plank was only about 3 inches deep which is why I thought of the idea of putting these lights behind where there is a gap between the wall and the plank. Each strip was about 15 feet long so I cut it down to size (you can see here on the strip itself there are two bronze lines each about two inches apart; these are the designated cutting areas.) Cost: $4.
Gap behind the plank
This is the gap behind the plank so the books don’t fall off the front and makes space for the strip of LEDs.
Standard 12 volt power supply
I picked one up from Goodwill for $3.