Such an interesting project. Bad lighting when working is imo very annoying. Hard shadows from a strong light above isn't good either.
I think I will consider making something like this. I wonder, if RGB lighting is preferred, so that you could tune the color, or just use some regular "plain" white'ish light (the ones I've seen and used were a mix of plain white and yellow led SMD's on a strip). At the very least a neutral white'ish color would be desirable, as opposed to a "cold" blue or "warm" yellow color.
I have this Ikea table with a loose table top, so for that it would probably be a good idea to use L shaped base plates to get a firm fix with the table.
Another argument for RGB SMD's could be, when working late, you could adjust the color to an evening environment, assuming that doesn't make things tood dark (more yellow evening light, than "daylight white" light.
11. October at 13:24:04