The new valance is really easy to install. It's rock solid too! I simply used dry wall screws to mount the steel brackets to studs in the wall. Mounted the string of lights around the corner over East Ottawa and over toward West Blue Island.
The LED lights I found on Amazon.com are easy to work with. Simply add a power supply (around $11) and solder the two wire leads. Regarding the question yesterday, if you need to make a turn, you can always cut the light strip after every third LED (where marked). Simply solder wire leads to both ends and make your turn.
Below are photos of tonight's progress. I'm really pleased how it lights up the upper level. It has always been so dark (even more so evident since lighting the lower level). I plan on filling in any gaps in the blue back drop later down the road. That's low on my priority list right now though.
Downtown Ottawa is looking good under the new lights.