ucl led & plug mold- peke and others

a2geminiMarch 5, 2013

Peke asked about the UCL and plug mold

The lights are GMLighting Larc3 LED dimmable -so yes they are hard wired. We needed to use a transformer for the lights. The lights are white but dim nicely and are 3000K
Initially, we had them flush against the trim - but we had shadows and Sparky moved them back about an inch so the lights are centered 1.5 inches from the trim

The plug mold came from Sparky aka electrician. They are standard GFCI strips and GC built a 45+/- strip to mount them.
I think you can see the a bit of the 45 degree angle strip if you look closely.
Sparky also used "conduit" to hide the wires as well.
I didn't like the industrial look of the angle plug mold that I saw. My only regret - I left a couple plugs in the backsplash.
Note the trim hides the lights completely (except for one bridge due to a cold air return in the wall - but only kids or shorter peeps will notice it)

For the lighting in the glass cabinet - we used Kimberly triple bright LED tape light with a dimmer. It was supposed to be single bright but it was backordered, so they gave us the triple bright at the same price.

The last of our LED lights are in the sunroom - we used Kimberly triple bright tape lights in this area also.

For the rest of the kitchen, we used 5 inch cans with Cooper LED kits and Lutron dimmers. The incandescent lighting is by Hubbardton Forge

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So where did they put the transformer for the ucl's? I'm sure my GC knows these things, but I have no idea how they do that stuff!

Thanks for the photos!

    Bookmark   March 5, 2013 at 1:57PM
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The transformers are in the basement under the kitchen.
You can also put them up in the top shelf in the back of a cabinet.
My pleasure on the photos.

    Bookmark   March 5, 2013 at 1:59PM
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A2Gemini, thank you for posting the pics. I like your idea of no plugs in the backsplash. I think I will try that too if I can find the electric bar to put under each upper cabinet.

So the LED UCLs are hard wired, but they still need a transformer to lower the voltage? So you would have 1 transformer per LED light? Same with the tape light in the glass cabinets?


    Bookmark   March 5, 2013 at 6:22PM
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The LED cans do not need a transformer. We used Lutron dimmers designed for LED lights.
There is one transformer for all of the UCL LEDs
A second one runs the glass cabinet.
A third one runs our shelf/above cave LEDs
You will need a transformer for each switch run.
Also check on the lighting forum - I think someone is making LED UCL lights that don't need a transformer- but maybe I just imagined seeing a no transformer system.
Transformers are expensive -so do look around.
Make sense?

    Bookmark   March 5, 2013 at 9:44PM
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