Please help! Under cabinet lighting

tanyaandmatt13April 1, 2012

I am new to the forum, and this is my first time posting. My husband and I are remodeling our kitchen. We will have Ubatuba (black, dark) granite counters and tan, light tan, and brown tiles for our backsplash. The backsplash will coordinate with our floors. Our cabinets are maple and medium-toned (Rye) with an onyx glaze. Our kitchen is average size.

What type of linear under-cabinet lighting should we get?

Fluorescent or LED? (I think we are leaning toward fluorescent)

Warm or cool fluorescent? (I like warm colors and would like this but don�t know if it gives off as much light as cool)

T8, T5, or T4 (why did you pick it?)

How did you figure out what length of linear lights to use? (I know they say measure smallest cabinet and use largest size, but how do you accommodate for random-sized cabinets?)

How important is lux? We have a relatively dark kitchen and want to make sure we have enough lighting for tasks such as cutting and cooking. (I�ve read 500 is the best and 300 is minimum, so what do you recommend? I don�t want it to be ridiculously bright,)

Uniformity ratio of 5:1 or less? Is that correct?

Thank you so much for any advice you can offer!

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There is a long running thread on Ucl which I've provided a link to. Although the main focus is on led, the fundamental principles apply to strip lighting.

T8 is not used for Ucl - profile too large and too long.

For small profiles, t4 is the most logical choice. If you need a profile under 1", led is the better option.

Fluorescent lighting tends to be cooler in color.

Here is a link that might be useful: Ucl continuation

    Bookmark   April 1, 2012 at 10:39PM
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Thanks for the response David, good read. So I think we are almost decided on T4 fluorescents.

My main question is about the electrical hard wiring. I see they need to be parallel, but as far as the junction/transformer box, is that necessary or can the wiring go straight to the switch? We don't have any state restrictions. And don't worry, I'm not doing it but want to make sure the electrician does it properly.

Also, I see that the big box stores offer GE and Juno and I think Pegasus is only on their website, are there other good brands for fluorescents?

Thanks for the help.

    Bookmark   April 5, 2012 at 4:33PM
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The wiring is similar to that for multiple lights controlled by a single switch.

The 2 main components for fluorescent lighting are the tube and ballast which can be pretty generic.

    Bookmark   April 5, 2012 at 5:51PM
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