The most disturbing element of a LED strip setup is the visible wires & power supply without any doubt. These things ruin the aesthetic feel of a room if remains visible. That’s why you should always consider hiding your LED strip power supply and wires if you want your room to be more neat and clean.
If you want a comprehensive guide on how to hide LED strips’ power supply, you’re at the right place. Though there are numerous ways of hiding it, only a few help effectively.
Seat back & follow this article; hopefully, you’ll leave with various actionable ways of hiding the LED strip power supply.
8 Best Ways to Hide LED Strip Power Supply
1. Behind a Piece of Furniture
One of the most common and obvious ways is hiding the power supply and wires behind furniture. It can be your bed, desk, couch, nightstand, dresser/wardrobe, bookshelf, and anything significantly big enough to properly cover the strip power supply or adapter.
Caution: I don’t recommend using a clothes valet or hat stand to hide any wires or power supply. These are responsible for keeping clothes, which are flammable. That’s why it’s better not to use these two pieces of furniture to hide PSU.
2. Inside a Cabinet or Closet
Another way of hiding the power supply is using a cabinet or closet. Keep the power supply unit inside a cabinet or closet & you’re good to go. Make sure there is nothing flammable in the same compartment you’re keeping the power supply unit.
If you’re looking for something to hide your kitchen’s LED strip power supply, consider keeping it inside a cabinet. You can also keep the PSU (Power Supply Unit) inside a closet, keeping a distance from the clothes to the power supply unit.
3. Inside a False Ceiling or Wall
You can use this method if you already have false ceiling/wall or crown molding installed in your room. For a false wall, look for a suitable location for cutting a hole into it & place your power supply unit inside. Make sure the power outlet is nearby,
You must conceal the false wall hole by using the proper power socket cover after placing the power supply unit and wires inside the false wall.
If you’re using a false ceiling or crown molding, look for space above the molding or ceiling. Place the excess wires and power supply unit on the false ceiling or molding & you’re done. If there is no free space above the ceiling, avoid this method. I don’t recommend cutting a hole in the ceiling for storing your power supply unit.
Note: Consider using a runway to conceal the excess wires hanging & going towards the power outlet.
4. Under a Desk or Table
You can use a mounting bracket (Amazon) to attach/hide your LED light strip power supply unit (PSU) under the desk or table. You’ll need to have prior-DIY experience for the mounting bracket installation. Basically, you’ll need to drill two holes underneath your table/desk so that you can install the mounting bracket with two screws.
After the installation, simply place your PSU on the bracket. A 6” inch bracket is lengthy enough to handle any kind of PSU you might use. If you don’t want the mounting bracket installation hassle, you can just use the empty drawer of your table or desk.
All you need to do is stuff your LED strip wires and power supply unit inside the empty drawer. This method works best with a reading or drawing room where you can easily access your desk or table.
5. Inside a Bookshelf or Shelving Unit
Got a bookshelf or shelving unit in your room? Use it to hide your messy LED light strip wires and power supply unit. All you need to do is coil the excess LED strip wires properly & place the wire coil & power supply unit inside the bookshelf or a shelving unit.
6. Behind a Picture Frame or Decorative Piece
Most of us love using picture frames just like other decorative items in our room. If you have one or several frames on your wardrobe or cabinet, you can hide your power supply unit behind these picture frames.
Besides picture frames, you can use almost any decorative piece to hide your LED strip power supply unit. It can be anything from a flower base or toys standing aimlessly on the surface.
7. Use an Enclosure for PSU
An enclosure is necessary when using a separate power supply unit to deliver the correct wattage and voltage to your LED light strips. Later on, there is something called an enclosure for PSU – you can use that to hide your PSU.
Whenever you’re using a PSU, there is a great chance that you’re not using only one strip in your room. As there will be several strips, you may check my article on connecting multiple LED light strips in one power source or power supply unit (PSU).
Note: Get creative & hide the enclosure too behind a flower base or anything you’ve available on the floor.
8. Use Power Strip Cover
You can use a power strip cover to store your LED light strip wires, power supply adapter, and power supply unit. Choose the power strip cover carefully keeping several factors in mind. First, you need to get a power strip cover that matches your room decoration (color basically) & capable of storing all the necessary wires and a power supply unit.
However, if you don’t find any cover that matches your room’s default color, you can color it on your own. Be careful while doing the painting job & don’t ruin your existing furniture or floors while doing so. Your goal should be to make the power strip cover less awkward (and a bit appealing if possible) rather than hiding it entirely.
Concealing and Managing Your LED Lighting Wires
Now you have successfully hidden your LED strip power supply. However, there might be some wires bothering you as they are still visible.
Don’t worry, you can get rid of them by installing cord hiders or runways. I suggest getting Delamu Cord Cover Raceway Kit as it’s both affordable & easy to use. Follow the instruction mentioned below to install cord hiders properly.
The first step is to measure the length of your cords and cut the cord cover to the appropriate size. Next, attach the cord cover to your wall with double-sided adhesives or screws, depending on your preference.
Then, slide your LED light strip wires into the cord hiders and cover them with the provided cover. If you don’t want your cord hiders to catch attention, you can simply color them like your wall’s color.
That’s it! You’re all done hiding your visible wires too.
Things To Consider While Hiding LED Strip Power Supply
You’ve already known some of the best ways of hiding LED strip power supply. Now, take a look at the things to consider while hiding the power supply:
- Keep the PSU away from kids by choosing a safe location. Any accident can occur if the power supply unit remains exposed to the kids.
- Choose the correct enclosure for the PSU that will ensure a proper ventilation system. It’s necessary to have a great power supply unit life cycle.
- Double-check the measurement before cutting the runways or cord hiders according to your need. Don’t rush; cut them carefully.
- Make sure there are power outlets nearby if you use false wall/ceiling or crown molding to hide your power supply. Otherwise, you’ll have to use a long runway or cord hider to cover the wires entirely.
- Finally, make your power supply unit invisible but accessible.
I hope this article was helpful enough to give you ways to hide LED strip power supply. I’ve discussed eight ways of hiding the power supply and LED strip wires. All of them are doable by anyone.
You can apply one or several methods to give your room an aesthetic look. Make sure you follow the considerations I’ve mentioned while/before starting the operation.
I am Mark Braeden, a professional electrician based in California. With over a decade of experience in the electrical industry, I have launched this website with the aim of sharing my expertise and providing solutions to common lighting issues that can cause frustration for homeowners.
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