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ucl led & plug mold- peke and others

Posted by a2gemini (My Page) on
Tue, Mar 5, 13 at 11:39

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

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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)
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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.
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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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Follow-Up Postings:

RE: ucl led & plug mold- peke and others

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!

RE: ucl led & plug mold- peke and others

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.

RE: ucl led & plug mold- peke and others

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?


RE: ucl led & plug mold- peke and others

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?

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