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Time to shop for under- and in-cabinet lighting

Posted by strayer (My Page) on
Tue, Oct 29, 13 at 17:47

The electrician has wired for the lighting, I just have to decide what I want to put in. The designer suggested puck lights in the glass cabinets and fixtures under. We ruled out the LED tape because of the arrangement of our kitchen - too many transformers which drove the price up. Which brands should I look at?


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RE: Time to shop for under- and in-cabinet lighting

Oh, I forgot to ask this - do the puck lights just stick on or are there recessed ones that can be installed by drilling a hole in the top of the cabinet? Seem that would be a cleaner look.

And where do I place the light fixture that goes under the cabinet - towards the front?

Thanks.


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Puck lights come in xenon. halogen, led etc and can be surface mounted as well as recessed, although the xenons tend to emite quite a bit of heat so recess is not suggested.

Do you have a length you would like to cover as well as buget to give us an idea, also what is the depth of the undercounter valance?


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RE: Time to shop for under- and in-cabinet lighting

Puck lights come in xenon. halogen, led etc and can be surface mounted as well as recessed, although the xenons tend to emite quite a bit of heat so recess is not suggested.

Do you have a length you would like to cover as well as buget to give us an idea, also what is the depth of the undercounter valance?


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RE: Time to shop for under- and in-cabinet lighting

We are using legrand lighting. Www.legrand.com.

Karen


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Most people tend to mount the UCL towards the front, so the light shines down directly over the work area.

I used LED bars (Designer Series) from InspiredLED. You can email them your cabinet layout and they will send you a design and quotation. They can be interconnected via ROMEX in the walls, reducing the number of transformers required. My quotation was 1/3 the cost of the local lighting specialist.

Some manufacturers make LED light bars with integral transformers/drivers (direct wire).


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hi gooster or anyone else..what did you spend on undercab lighting. I know it ranges, but are we talking hundreds or thousands?


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Mine is probably expensive, under two thousand. I will have docking devices for phones and iPad, outlets and under counter lighting, plus puck lights in the one glass doored cabinet between the range and sink.

Karen


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For tape light in two 33x42" uppers and UCL bars (with integrated diffusers) for 33", 33", 42", and 30" cabinets the total was $317, including shipping, tax and all necessary pieces..


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we used simple led light strips that simply plug in and mount under the cabinet. They give a nice clean light, no heat and simple install. A 16 inch light bar cost $22. My husband put a outlet to plug them into - in the cabinet and made it turn on with a wall switch. so we simply plugged them in.

We placed them under the cabinet at the front

http://www.menards.com/main/lighting-fans/indoor-lights/accent-lights/16-led-strip-light/p-1738992-c-7490.htm


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I also used the Designer Series from Inspired LED for my under-cabinet lighting and the thin profile tape for inside of glass cabinets. (The cabinet lighting is not yet installed but all the wiring is done. I just haven't put it in place.) They designed the system for me and you can interconnect a certain number of their units on a single transformer- I have two strips under my cabinets (they made custom lengths for me) and several strips for inside the cabinets and all are connected to a single transformer under a joist in our (open ) basement. And all are powered on a single Lutron dimmer switch. Our space is still under construction so I've tested them but haven't lived with them yet... so I can't say if I like them. But the company was great to deal with and really reasonable. I considered the maxlite self-driven bar because I liked that it was all in one and did not require a separate transformer but since it would not work in the cabinets, I ended up choosing Inspired since I could do one stop shopping. Hope this helps.


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You can still do LED tape lights. We ran speaker wire (rated for in wall use) in our walls to the different cabinet runs. A single 12V transformer powers it all and is plugged into a switched outlet installed above one of the cabinets.

Here is a link that might be useful: Our UCL Install


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RE: Time to shop for under- and in-cabinet lighting

Thanks everyone for such good advice.


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RE: Time to shop for under- and in-cabinet lighting

Thanks everyone for such good advice.


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