My nephew, and my twin boys, both have a Ikea play kitchen. It’s a pretty cool toy, with a microwave, oven, sink, cabinets and hot plates. The plates have LEDs so they turn red when turned on, just to make it a bit more real. But the play kitchen is even greater with some lights!

My nephew’s IKEA kitchen, with LEDs

All kitchens have lights under the cabinets, so why shouldn’t this? I used a cheap LED-strip from eBay and fastened it using the adhesive on the back. I soldered a female power jack so that it could easily be connected to an AC adapter. The strip is 12 V, but I thought it just turned out a bit too bright, so I used a 9 V AC adapter instead.

Here are the parts I used:

  • 1 × AC adapter, 9 V=, 440 mA, 2.1mm jack, SMPS
  • 2 × Cable tie mount, screw, 5.1 mm, White
  • 0.6 m LED strip, SMD5630, Neutral white, 12V, 4200k, 30lm/LED
  • 1 × Power jack, w/wire, female, 2.1mm x 5.5mm
  • 2 m Wire, stranded, 2-cores, PVC, 0.33mm2 (22 AWG), Red/Black

I made another

On my boys' play kitchen I’ve used a strip with a bit warmer color, and they also have lights inside the “microwave”. And a switch to control the lights, but this is a bit annoying at times; as they play with it. So maybe consider if you need a switch, or if it should be out of reach for the kids :p

My twin’s IKEA kitchen, with LEDs