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Under cabinet lights - help!!

Posted by lazyjane75 (My Page) on
Mon, Apr 7, 14 at 18:12

Just posted this in Kitchens, but perhaps Lighting is the more appropriate forum.

We are getting ready to embark on our kitchen remodel soon (finalized cabinet order & plans, demo will hopefully start next month). My KD (works at the cabinet store) just quoted me $1300 for dimmable LED lights, which she says are 3000K brightness. I saw them in the store and they are on a strip, about 3" apart, no diffuser. I don't know what brand. They seemed fine. It would be about half that to go with their Xenon lights, which did have a diffuser. But I don't really like the heat coming from the xenon lights and I guess LED is the thing most people do....

Anyway, I'm not much of a DIYer, so I want something that I can just hand the contractor (referred from my KD, by the way) and they will know what to do.

I just called Environmental Lights and told them how many cabinets I will need to light under and they put a bunch of stuff in a cart for me that totals $580 (not sure whether or not shipping is included). They are the LED High Brightness lights and include diffusers, power source, dimmer switch, and some connectors (though maybe I would need more).

I don't have a layout handy, but if this helps, the cabinets are on three walls. These are the upper cabs on each wall:
Wall 1: 2 - 20" cabs, separated by window.
Wall 2: 1 - 39" cab + a corner cabinet (extends 12" out)
Wall 3: 12" corner cabinet + 12" cabinet + 2 34" cabinets (separated by range hood).

So, in total, there would be 7 upper cabinets that I'd need lights under, including one corner cabinet where the Environmental Lights sales person proposed 2 6" lights connected together

That's an awfully big price difference.... It seems like people on this forum seem to like Environmental Lights. I don't want to spend $700 extra that I don't need to spend for the same thing.... Is there something I'm missing here?

Follow-Up Postings:

RE: Under cabinet lights - help!!

You'd need to know if the boxes when joined together form a contiguous flat bottom for each cabinet run.

Figure out if you're going to use 120V AC or low voltage lighting.

The following thread has more information.

Here is a link that might be useful: DIY LED UCL continuation

RE: Under cabinet lights - help!!

I'm thinking of getting LED rope lights for under cabinet. You can get 16 feet for $12 on amazon

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