Under Cabinet Lighting Suggestions

Discussion in 'Electrical Forum discussion & Blog' started by coopns, Mar 18, 2010.

  1. coopns

    coopns New Member

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    Currently have kitchen light mounted under cabinets, one side doesn't work. I would like to replace with a new light that could bend at a 90 degree so it would continue under the other cabinets...on the other wall. So what I would like is a flexible under cabinet light. Is there a specific brand/type I should look for, some recommendations.

    Thanks.
  2. jadnashua

    jadnashua Retired Defense Industry Engineer xxx

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    I put in a mini-track, low-voltage system. You can cut the track to any length you want, and the jumper connectors are just wire in between (zip cord), so you can wrap around corners. You have to find a place to mount the transformer, which could be an issue. I've also got mine on a wall switch dimmer, so I can adjust them. Depending on whether you get a magnetic or electronic transformer, will dictate the type of dimmer you choose (and they can be expensive). The bottom of my cabinets has a rim, and the track plus low-profile lamp holder is barely below that rim. You can't see the lamp while standing, and isn't obtrusive when sitting.
  3. bsperr

    bsperr Member

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    +1 to Jim's suggestion. I've heard good things about the "linear" system from WAC lighting, and I plan to use it in my upcoming remodel.
  4. Mikey

    Mikey Aspiring Old Fart, EE, computer & networking geek

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    I used LED Strip Lighting from elementalled.com, replacing older hockey-puck halogen lighting. These strips have LEDs every 0.65" along 0.3"-wide flexible strips, consume only 1.44W per foot, and look spectacular. They're low voltage (12V) and dimmable, available in several colors other than the "warm white" (3000k) that I used. I routed a 5/16" wide by 1/8" deep groove in the bottom of the cabinets, and glued the (self-adhesive) strips in. Corners are a little tricky, because the strips, while flexible lengthwise, don't bend around corners in the plane of the strip. But you can splice strips together in any configuration by soldering jumpers across the joined strips, and power up to 32.5 feet with one power supply. Very versatile, very attractive, and unfortunately pretty pricey, but I'm using them in lots of applications -- under-cabinet, above-shelf, cove, etc. They'd also work pretty good underneath a street-rod, but that's beyond the scope of this forum, I guess.
  5. chefwong

    chefwong Member

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    I like the Juno Trac12
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