10 watt halogen pucks vs rope LED undercabinet lighting

monkeypuzzleNovember 30, 2009

I told my kitchen designer that I wanted the wiring for undercabinet lighting in the wall so I don't need to rip out tiles to access the wall later on and an inexpensive undercabinet lighting. Kitchen designer suggested halogen pucks or rope LED. I noticed halogen pucks come in 10 watt, which I assume won't get as hot as 20 watt. So right now I am considering 10 watt halogen pucks vs rope LED. Which one is better?

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mike_home

I am not a fan of the halogen pucks. They do get hot and they are visible. I don't have experience with the rope LED. My impression is it doesn't give off enough light for working in the kitchen.

I installed the Seagull Ambience lighting 8 years ago. It think it's a very good system. It is a low voltage system. You can put in as many lights as you want provided you have sized the transformer correctly. Below is a link to their site.

http://www.seagulllighting.com/Linear-Lighting.htm

    Bookmark   December 1, 2009 at 8:33PM
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monkeypuzzle

Is it super cheap? I am only putting the lighting in because I want the wires, so I want very inexpensive lighting that can be hardwired to the wall.

    Bookmark   December 3, 2009 at 9:19AM
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mike_home

The biggest expense is the transformer. I won't say it is super cheap. The wiring is inexpensive. It is basically lamp cord. The light receptables and bulbs are not too bad. You can in as many or few as you want.

    Bookmark   December 4, 2009 at 8:52AM
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monkeypuzzle

How much are they?

    Bookmark   December 4, 2009 at 10:26AM
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mike_home

I bought my set up 8 years ago. I don't recall the prices. The price of the transformer varies by the size. The size is deterimined by the number of power is has to provide.

See if a local lighting store can give you an idea of the costs. You should install a pair of 5watt bulbs (10W total) every 12 - 18 inches. This will give you an idea of the total wattage. The transformer should be sized at about 80% of the total power.

    Bookmark   December 5, 2009 at 11:21AM
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housavvy

I agree with mike_home, I am not a fan of halogen pucks either.

    Bookmark   December 5, 2009 at 1:40PM
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