Utilitech Under Cabinet LED Lights Not Dimmable?!

sarendsJanuary 28, 2013

OK, I don't do this every day (buy LED under cabinet lights), but DW and I bought (actually DW) went to Lowes during our remodel and bought Utilitech Pro hardwired under cabinet LED lights and now that we are at the final stage where the electrician comes back and finalizes (this is theoretical only) everything he cannot get the dimmer to dim the Utilitech LED lights.

When we were buying the lights we did realize that neither the package nor the specs on the packaging said a word about being dimmable or not being dimmable. Our electrician said that every time he has installed under cabinet LED lights they have been dimmable. So, we plunged ahead - aaaarghhh.

So, I googled and googled the topic and I did find a thread where someone said they couldn't get a dimmer to work with their Utilitech LEDs.

And, I can't find that they (utilitech) even have a website.

So, it looks like I will be returning them unless someone has another idea? We would keep them if they were in fact found to be dimmable. We do have the original packaging so there will not be a problem returning them other than our hassle of having the electrician come and uninstall them and then having to re-install them.

Is it possible there is a way to get a dimmer to work that our electrician hasn't thought of?

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This isn't really an answer, but I was just looking at those over the weekend, and I could SWEAR it said on the package or the display that they ere dimmable. Have you tried a different type of dimmer?

    Bookmark   January 28, 2013 at 10:18PM
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Hardwired dimmable LED strip lights will use ELV type dimmers. If the strips are not dimmable, no dimmer of any sort will work.

    Bookmark   January 29, 2013 at 12:44AM
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I don't know which model you have. The one that I was looking at online says that it is not dimmable. I looked under the specifications tab. Sorry!

    Bookmark   January 31, 2013 at 2:06PM
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We have these same fixtures (being installed today, which is why I turned this up while Googling an unrelated question). It's quite possible your dimmer switch is the culprit. It is my understanding that LED fixtures ARE dimmable, but require a special LED-compatible dimmer switch. Surprised your electrician did not raise this point.

I realize this info comes months too late, and maybe it wouldn't have been the answer anyway, but hopefully it helps someone else who stumbles upon this as I have.

    Bookmark   April 17, 2013 at 3:57PM
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Hrothgar, please let us know your results. A Lowes electric salesman told me two weeks ago that soon Utilitech LED dimmible light bars/strips with low profile (but no diffuser :( may be available online. However, each time I check I see only the non-dimmable strips. Utilitech LED bulbs are dimmable, but I hear there is a brief delay before "on".

    Bookmark   April 17, 2013 at 9:31PM
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