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Less Expensive Alternative to Seagull UC Lighting

Posted by rdw829 (My Page) on
Wed, Jul 11, 12 at 10:16

My contractor has recommended Seagull U/C lighting as the "best" UCL. I don't need the best, but I also don't want to do straight puck lights. I have read many posts, but wind up more confused than anything else.

Recommend a good UCL system that is less $$ than Seagull?

I mentioned LED strips, but he stated concerns about cutting them down / never changing the length?

He is really sold on Seagull, but I am looking for equally good but less $$ system. I'm not sure if we will use them for task lighting (never had them before) - or more for ambience.

Help provided in the form of the "Idiot's Guide to UCL" would be greatly appreciated :)


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RE: Less Expensive Alternative to Seagull UC Lighting

The approach I would take would be as follows
1. Envisage the possible usage (imagine what you could do) and desired look - invariably, they will be used for ambience as well as task lighting.
2. List out your constraints including physical constraints imposed by your cabinetry. For example -
a. low profile < 1" thick.
b. low heat output.
c. color of the light output.
d. direct wire to 120V or low voltage.
e. ability to dim the lights.
f. total cost of the entire system - all interconnecting parts, installation, light bars, power supply (sometimes loosely called transformer)

3. Price out the entire system - not just the bars.

The linked discussion has quite a number of details

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


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