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I am working on plans for a set of shelves that I will make from scratch. Building and finishing these shelves will be easy except for the lighting.

I have decided that I want to attach the lighting using LED strips and angled aluminum brackets under the front of each shelf with a wooden front piece.

The shelves so far use pegs to make them adjustable and the pegs are located behind the vertical front pieces and along the back corner pieces.

I want to be able to put the shelves in so that when the back is inserted and resting on the pegs, I can simply rotate the shelf down and have it clip into the front pegs..Piece of cake, right?

When the shelf clips into the front pegs, I want to make an electrical connection automatically that powers the light on the shelf simply by installing the shelf. That way I can move the shelf wherever and it will light up.

I have come up with a dozen different ideas about how to do this and none of them seem that great. Does anyone know of any nice clips that could bed used to conduct 5V to power a light under a shelf?

And does anyone have any idea how I could do something similar to track lights: how they have a continuous band of metal providing the current and a fixture that clips in?

In my current shelves, each shelf is wired with a connector and I have to pinch the connectors together and run a channel inside the faceplate to stuff all the connectors. As it is, I can't change the position of the shelves without having a ton of extra wires bunched up in the channels. TO be honest, it is a mess.

Any suggestions?
 

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I guess that's the problem, I am asking for a creative way to light a shelf that doesn't exist. I will layout the basic construction, but since I am at liberty to make the shelves however I want, any pics I provide would be subject to change.

Surely someone has made a modular shelf that "clicks" in and lights up without having t5o hardwire it. If not, I'm gonna be rich. LOL

Ill demonstrate a couple of design ideas I had, but I am hoping someone else has something better. Thanks for your reply.
 

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Attached, hopefully, is a diagram using the same kind of spring loaded clips that you see on false fronts for cabinets in front of the sink. It would be wired to the lights on the shelf.

The pins would press against the conductor and when they connected to the spring-loaded fasteners, the light would come on.

Sorry the diagram is a mess, I did this really quick from scratch.
 

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