Kichler undercabinet LEDs keep failing
We installed Kichler UCL LED fixtures in our kitchen in August 2010, and by October 2011 most of them had failed. We had an electrician come at our expense to replace the fixtures (the lighting retailer provided replacements at no cost) and now two of the five units we replaced have failed.
I am so very disappointed in this product! Kichler was held out to us to be a very reliable brand, and we were looking forward to a no- or low-maintenance UCL. I just did a search for Kichler LED warranty information and see that it says if you use their fixtures for more than 7 hours per day you will void the warranty.
This just blows my mind. I was never told by anyone that there was a use restriction on these lights. I think Kichler has added this wording recently because they are having reliability problems across their product lines (the lighting store told us they'd had a lot of replacements to make). The transformer is what I think must be failing - maybe it's got a heat issue?
When we turn on our UCL it's usually at dusk and we leave them on until we go to bed. So it's easily 6-7 hours at a time, or maybe even longer if it's a cloudy day.
Has anyone had similar problems? Any other brands to recommend? Should we ditch the fixture and just go with tape?