Published on December 29th, 2011 | by Jules Yap


HOPEN for some under-bed lighting

Materials: Hopen bed frame, Dioder LED light strips, foot-operated light switch.

Description: I installed Dioder led strips under the edge of my Hopen bed frame and then put a switch in the headboard for easy operation.

It was a pretty simple hack. Route out the area in the headboard that you want to install the switch and use the included adhesive pads to mount the LED strips under the bed. The whole hack took less than 2 hours and looks pretty nice.

The switch I selected is intended to operate lighting that’s inconvenient to reach, so it’s a foot-switch ($10 on Amazon). It takes very little force to operate and clicks on-and-off.

The only thing I’d want to do better in the future would be to source a switch that was darker in color so it’d blend in better. As it is, you can’t see the hack under normal conditions, so I’m very happy with it.

See more photos of the Hopen underbed lighting.

~ Maximillian, Chico, CA

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5 Responses to HOPEN for some under-bed lighting

  1. Anonymous says:

    Great concept, nice work. A question for you what lighting did you use and what power source? I want to do the same on my childrens’ bunk beds but I am concerned over power. I would appreciate your suggestions.

  2. Colin Fahey says:

    I was going to do this when I bought my hopen bed setup a while back but I ran out of $$$$$
    My other idea was to wire it up to the clapper
    For ease of use

  3. Anonymous says:

    Wasn’t it just easier to glue the dioder to the frame itself instead of carving it up (and maybe affect the structural stability of the frame)?

  4. Maximillian says:

    Good tip codenameZERO. I may have to follow up and do that.

  5. codenameZERO says:

    You should put some glue on the groove that you made. Otherwise the compressed wood may slowly come out when you move around in the bed.

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