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Xenon versus halogen under cabinet lights?

Posted by jen_h (My Page) on
Thu, Aug 9, 07 at 22:59

Just curious if anyone has any thoughts on xenon under cabinet lights versus halogen under cabinet lights.
I know xenon lights don't get as hot and last much longer than halogen - but how is the color of the xenon light? Halogen light has such a pretty, warm glow...but I always hated how hot they got. Anything else I should be considering?
Thanks for any thoughts you can share!


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RE: Xenon versus halogen under cabinet lights?

He hasn't done them yet, (my cabinets are just being installed), but my Electrician is putting in Xenons under the cabinets.

He seems to use top-grade materials everyplace else, so I'll assume that these, too, are the lighting of choice for some reason or another.

If I can add a question to your post please, I'd also like to know if it's preferred that the under cabinet Xenons are on a dimmer, or is that necessary?


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RE: Xenon versus halogen under cabinet lights?

We used Xenon line voltage under cabinet fixtures from Pegasus Lighting. We also have halogen recessed and pendant lights. I don't notice, much if any, difference in the color between the too, we find both to be pleasing. As to dimmers, our fixtures each have high/low/off switchs. With these, we have not felt the need for a dimmer.

Here is a link that might be useful: Pegasus Lighting


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RE: Xenon versus halogen under cabinet lights?

Since xenon and halogen are both incandescent light sources, both will produce the same color light and will show accurate color rendition (CRI of 100).

Xenon fixtures are a newer product than halogen and the bulbs are advertised to operate at lower temperatures than halogen, but they still produce a lot of heat relative to fluorescents.

I recently installed xenon fixtures inside glass-front cabinets and they are way too hot. (Lighting store recommended them.) After talking with the fixture manufacturer, who does not recommend them for an enclosed space, looks like I will have to replace them with fluorescent or another type of low-heat, low wattage fixtures, before I set something on fire!

So, you will be fine with xenon undercabinet fixtures, unless you want to avoid adding a significant heat source in your kitchen. Otherwise, you should go with fluorescent for good task lighting on your counters.


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RE: Xenon versus halogen under cabinet lights?

Difference in heat output and efficiency is small. Friends of ours had their choco chips melt from their incandescent undercabinet lights. The heat also degrades spices stored there. I suggest fluorescent - they produce much less heat.


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RE: Xenon versus halogen under cabinet lights?

Thanks for everyone's thoughts.

I'm going to go xenon, as the bulbs seem to light a little more of the surface area of the backsplash and counter top, and my continued research still claims they are slightly less 'toasty' than halogens.

lavenderblues: we're putting ours on dimmers, as ours will be hardwired and I like the 'soft' effect of dimming the under cabinet lights for ambiance.

Here's a design note I found on xenons:

Here is a link that might be useful: NY Times design Q&A


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RE: Xenon versus halogen under cabinet lights?

jen h - Thanks for the great link!


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RE: Xenon versus halogen under cabinet lights?

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Posted by svwillow1 (My Page) on Fri, Aug 10, 07 at 9:22

We used Xenon line voltage under cabinet fixtures from Pegasus Lighting. We also have halogen recessed and pendant lights. I don't notice, much if any, difference in the color between the too, we find both to be pleasing. As to dimmers, our fixtures each have high/low/off switchs. With these, we have not felt the need for a dimmer.

Here is a link that might be useful: Pegasus Lighting

Here is a link that might be useful: Pegasus Lighting


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RE: Xenon versus halogen under cabinet lights?

I bought the xenon from lowes, they are slightly cooler than halogens. Here is a pic of my undercabinet lights with utilitec from lowes and they are spaced 20 inches apart.

Here is a link that might be useful: lights


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