led strip lighting - ucl
I've been reading several of the very informative forums on here regarding LED undercabinets and have learned a lot - thank you. But I haven't yet seen anything on the specific product I'm looking at, so I'd like to pick some people's brains (davidtay, are you out there?) to make sure I'm understanding all of this correctly and getting the best deal on my choice products.
We would really like to install this LED flexible strip for our undercabinets. http://www.environmentallights.com/products/11953/Dimmable_LED_Ribbon_5m_reel_Warm_Wh
It is a product from Environmental Lights and when I started researching this, they were pretty helpful on the phone. This seems to be a good price for this product (and has gone down since I started research months ago) and the customer service and website are the most helpful I've found so far. I saw on the "led ucl diy" topic that some different power supplies were mentioned for use with another Environmental Light product. Would those be available to use in my situation? $150+ is a bit daunting at this point, since that is half the cost of the entire project.
Does anyone have experience with this product or something similar?
As a background, our kitchen is currently down to the studs and pretty much pre-wired. We are ready to drywall very soon so I want to make sure everything is in the walls correctly. We are installing UCL under 4 cabinets and inside a 5th (glass front). These are all being hard-wired together (daisy-chained? is that the correct term?) inside the wall with only a bit of wire sticking out to connect to cables/lights in the right spots. Total cabinet length that needs lighting is about 100" (8.25'). We are using 14 gauge wire for this application and planning to install the lights on a 3-way dimmer.
So, my questions (forgive me for repeating anything above or in other forums):
*Any experience with this product or similar? Does anyone know of any better price?
*Any chance I can use a power supply from a different source? I've already found the dimmer switch they recommend for $14 less, but any advice on that would be appreciated as well.
*Where does my power supply go? I'm guessing between the switch and the first light. As a more obvious question, in the wall or in a cabinet or under a cabinet...?
*Is my intended set-up OK as far as wiring, linking, length, etc?
*Is there any information or step I'm missing in the process?