Xenon versus halogen under cabinet lights?

jen_hAugust 9, 2007

Just curious if anyone has any thoughts on xenon under cabinet lights versus halogen under cabinet lights.

I know xenon lights don't get as hot and last much longer than halogen - but how is the color of the xenon light? Halogen light has such a pretty, warm glow...but I always hated how hot they got. Anything else I should be considering?

Thanks for any thoughts you can share!

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lavenderblues

He hasn't done them yet, (my cabinets are just being installed), but my Electrician is putting in Xenons under the cabinets.

He seems to use top-grade materials everyplace else, so I'll assume that these, too, are the lighting of choice for some reason or another.

If I can add a question to your post please, I'd also like to know if it's preferred that the under cabinet Xenons are on a dimmer, or is that necessary?

    Bookmark   August 10, 2007 at 12:31AM
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svwillow1

We used Xenon line voltage under cabinet fixtures from Pegasus Lighting. We also have halogen recessed and pendant lights. I don't notice, much if any, difference in the color between the too, we find both to be pleasing. As to dimmers, our fixtures each have high/low/off switchs. With these, we have not felt the need for a dimmer.

Here is a link that might be useful: Pegasus Lighting

    Bookmark   August 10, 2007 at 9:22AM
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native_tx

Since xenon and halogen are both incandescent light sources, both will produce the same color light and will show accurate color rendition (CRI of 100).

Xenon fixtures are a newer product than halogen and the bulbs are advertised to operate at lower temperatures than halogen, but they still produce a lot of heat relative to fluorescents.

I recently installed xenon fixtures inside glass-front cabinets and they are way too hot. (Lighting store recommended them.) After talking with the fixture manufacturer, who does not recommend them for an enclosed space, looks like I will have to replace them with fluorescent or another type of low-heat, low wattage fixtures, before I set something on fire!

So, you will be fine with xenon undercabinet fixtures, unless you want to avoid adding a significant heat source in your kitchen. Otherwise, you should go with fluorescent for good task lighting on your counters.

    Bookmark   August 12, 2007 at 3:41PM
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DavidR

Difference in heat output and efficiency is small. Friends of ours had their choco chips melt from their incandescent undercabinet lights. The heat also degrades spices stored there. I suggest fluorescent - they produce much less heat.

    Bookmark   August 14, 2007 at 10:30PM
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jen_h

Thanks for everyone's thoughts.

I'm going to go xenon, as the bulbs seem to light a little more of the surface area of the backsplash and counter top, and my continued research still claims they are slightly less 'toasty' than halogens.

lavenderblues: we're putting ours on dimmers, as ours will be hardwired and I like the 'soft' effect of dimming the under cabinet lights for ambiance.

Here's a design note I found on xenons:

Here is a link that might be useful: NY Times design Q&A

    Bookmark   August 19, 2007 at 2:22PM
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deee_gw

jen h - Thanks for the great link!

    Bookmark   August 29, 2007 at 2:46PM
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pegasus_2008

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Posted by svwillow1 (My Page) on Fri, Aug 10, 07 at 9:22

We used Xenon line voltage under cabinet fixtures from Pegasus Lighting. We also have halogen recessed and pendant lights. I don't notice, much if any, difference in the color between the too, we find both to be pleasing. As to dimmers, our fixtures each have high/low/off switchs. With these, we have not felt the need for a dimmer.

Here is a link that might be useful: Pegasus Lighting

Here is a link that might be useful: Pegasus Lighting

    Bookmark   January 10, 2008 at 2:08PM
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ereed

I bought the xenon from lowes, they are slightly cooler than halogens. Here is a pic of my undercabinet lights with utilitec from lowes and they are spaced 20 inches apart.

Here is a link that might be useful:

    Bookmark   January 19, 2008 at 10:30PM
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