just a great and most helpful post Kevin. thanks for taking the time to do this. as i have a very similar project in mind and all the parts for (just need to find 2 minutes to rub together!).
i bought the two reading lights
($9.99) and the one flat long one about 22-24" from Ikea too. I also picked up two LED rope lights from Target. they are 15' (yes thats FEET) long but were only $9.99 each! not sure how they add up to Ikea's LEDs in terms of quality - but i have a very similar plan. i found some small plastic gutter that i will be cutting / ripping (length-wise) in half, so it will turn from one square piece, into two U-shaped pieces. then mounting the u-shaped pieces with the open side up 'near' the ceiling with a few inches of clearance overhead and running the LEDs starting from the front and running the perimeter of the interior, terminating into the closet where our electrical
is handily located. soffit lighting! i will wall mount several other LEDs for cooking and reading, but this will give a really elegant glow and be nice for dinner inside or relaxing to a movie. the lights cost $20, the plastic channel was $16, once mounted we will either match paint
with the interior or even use some kind of razor thin wood veneer. the utility of this project will also offer me a handy channel to run wiring for future projects without having to cut into the wall or ceiling insulation, so its a win-win.
your test and resulting information really helps me with my planning. thanks again for this great post Kevin!