Over the last three years, LED strip lighting has become a staple of my desk setup. I like it for a few reasons:

  • Strips behind a desk add bias lighting, making it more comfortable to look at a screen at night.
  • Strips stuck along the bottom of a monitor provide a work and keyboard light.
  • It adds colour to a room, without painting or doing anything permanent.

But there have been some drawbacks this whole time:

  • I haven’t settled on a seriously useful control mechanism. I’ve tried an IR remote, but that’s most appropriate for a single zone. I settled on rheostats, which are simple but require physical access.
  • Running from a breadbroad means there is always a tangle of wires in the corner of my desk.
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