Background: My pantry (~ 2' deep, 4' across, 8' tall) consists of a bunch of shelves that are 1/2 the depth of the pantry. It has one of those old white pull chain porcelain fixtures on the ceiling with a bare light bulb. I have an 800 lm LED bulb in it and it satisfactorily illuminates all the shelves. I think the bulb is pretty much omni directional so light bounces all over and given the shelves don't extend the full depth, it allows everything to get illuminated.
Well, that bulb is pretty ugly. I could replace it with a globe fixture, but I wonder if strip lighting would yield something cleaner (plus, it's "cool" and maybe I could use that extra space if the bulb wasn't there).
I'd like to mount the strip on the ceiling just above the door (out of sight). My concern is how directional the lighting is. I don't want to mount multiple strips pointing in different directions because that would probably be too bright (unless I dimmed) and it wouldn't be that "clean". I found one post that mentioned a 140 degree angle coming from the LEDs which I think would be OK, but I think that's without a diffuser. I'm pretty sure I would want a diffuser to avoid shadows (and it should help reduce directionality of the light). However, to use a diffuser, I think I would need a housing/channel. I'm worried the sides of the channel would direct the light too much, unless I can find one with a very low profile (low sides).
I don't want to mount strips down each side--I have stuff hanging off the sides that would block the light.
I thought about strips on the underside of each shelf, but they're so packed with stuff, the lights would be blocked and/or it would reduce storage capability. Also concerned about glare from lights shining directly in my eyes.
Does anyone have any experience with this? I'd like to avoid trial and error.