Considering the popularity of e-books and audio books, it might be easy to imagine that the bookcase may soon be a thing of the past – but nothing could be further from the truth. This piece of furniture and the items that fill it are an easy way to dress up a bare wall and create a more homey atmosphere. Bookcases are also a blank canvas for decorative lighting to highlight some of your most treasured possessions.
Bookcases are perfect for displaying treasured heirlooms, souvenirs and family photographs. Since this piece of furniture is presumably one of the largest in your home, you can turn it into a centerpiece with the addition of LED lighting.
LED rope lighting is perfect for the outline of your bookcase, and you can string the lights around its profile in the color of your choice. You could also consider LED strip lights on the underside of the shelves to illuminate certain areas or to highlight your spaces' color scheme. The strip lights will attach easily with their 3M adhesive backing, and will provide years of steady use without raising your energy bills.
According to GreenLightingSolutions.com, LEDs may last up to 100,000 hours, or 11 years of continuous use.