LED Lighting for dorm room?

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  1. G5Unit macrumors 68020

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    I'm looking to make my college dorm room a bit more inviting by adding some LED lighting.

    I've already looked at some places online, such as http://www.ledlightingkit.com/order.html

    Are there any other, cheaper places out there that offer similar products?

    Thank you!
     
  2. mikes63737 macrumors 65816

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    The Ikea Dioders are pretty cool.... but check your school's policies. I just had mine ripped down from my ceiling and confiscated because they're "a fire hazard" even though they make literally no heat.
     
  3. TheOnlyJon macrumors 6502a

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    <shameless plug>

    There are some good tips for LED lighting here and here. I use the IKEA dioders for backlighting on my TV - it's nice for ambient light but gives a neat effect during movies.
     
  4. samiwas macrumors 65816

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    I don't know if they are any cheaper than what you are looking at, but I've used Elemental LED a few times. They have a huge assortment of stuff at fairly low prices. Their website changed recently, and it's harder to navigate now, but still good stuff.
     
  5. steve2112 macrumors 68040

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    Wow, they actually inspected your dorm room? I never had a school official of any sort in my room until move-out when they inspected the damage. Even my RA never came in the room.
     
  6. TheOnlyJon macrumors 6502a

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    Fire hazard? That's the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard. Well, close :p

    But seriously, it really just depends on what you're wanting to do.

    • Full ambient light coverage: Rope lighting. It's super cheap and you can get it at most stores around the holiday season
    • Colored, subtle lighting effect: LED dioders from IKEA (strips or pucks - again, your perogative), or LED strips from elsewhere
    • Lamp light: Check out the LED dioding "bulbs" for floorstanding lamps. They do the exact same thing as the dioders from IKEA and come with a remote, but the difference is that you plug them into a light socket. That'd be pretty cool. They're kinda pricey though. Look into them though.

    Just some ideas. In fact, I'm going to look now to see if I can find any deals on an LED lamp module. That would be pretty sweet for my dorm room :D
     
  7. QuarterSwede macrumors G3

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    My school, MTSU, inspected the dorm rooms yearly (could've been every semester though ... don't remember). The way my roommate and I got away with drilling into the cinderblock walls to anchor my bunk was to become friends with the maintenance guy. He even gave is a 1/4" drill and bit to do the job. Mike, I miss you!
     
  8. mikes63737 macrumors 65816

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    They inspect ours once per year.
     
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    My college inspected our rooms (briefly) once per term just to make sure you didn't have like, a propane heater or lots of candles or whatever. I think it had to do with the school's liability insurance and the local fire code.
     
  10. G5Unit thread starter macrumors 68020

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    There you go, I fixed it.
     
  12. OutThere macrumors 603

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    Hahaha—campus safety would do the fire inspections on the fraternities, some brothers would hide plants in plain sight by putting little ID stakes in the pots, apparently it worked.
     

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