Maybe like $250 is the max I could spend and I def would like to do a DIY light project.
You won’t be able to get into a kit for $250 and DIY you might be a little light on coverage, but you can get close. Doing DIY LEDs, figure on spending $1/watt give or take
You can probably do a build with a 4 pack of qb 120’s in the neighborhood of $250. Last I seen boards and driver will run you about $200. If you don’t spend a small fortune making frame you should be good for $250.