DIY LED strip builds have become very popular recently. The mid-power section of our forum is full of threads created by DIYers looking to build their own custom lights, and new builds and ideas are surfacing every day. If you don’t live somewhere where you have easy access to premade lights like HLG Quantum Boards or ChilLED lights, you can save a lot of money on customs, duties, and shipping fees by piecing together your own lights using the same diodes as these guys do. That being said, building these lights does require a fair amount of work, and if you’re new to the game and can afford to buy a premade light from a reputable company like those listed above, we’ll usually recommend going that route first to get your feet wet. However, if the cost is prohibitive or you’d prefer to roll up your sleeves and build one yourself, you’ve come to the right place.