I'm interested in making a wall display using a translite. Since they are designed to be backlit, I want to include backlighting in the frame. I have the skills to build a custom frame but I'm unclear of how to do the lighting. My initial idea would be to use LED light strips using white (or maybe RGB?) 5050 strips, a dimmer/remote as a switch, and an appropriate power supply. Has anybody used something like this?
The other question is how to arrange the lights inside the frame. One way would be to run them around the inside edge; if the frame size is 18X28 that would give (2*18 + 2*28) about 7.5 feet of light strip; even at 125 lumens per foot, that's almost 1,000 lumens. If that's not enough to reach the center, I could run them up and down the frame and have a full 15 foot strip or even multiple strips. I'm not sure about this as it would seem like the lights would create "hot spots" and be visible through the translite although some kind of diffuser could be used.
I'm hoping to avoid the cost and headaches of trial and error so has anybody got experience in this?