Recommend under cabinet lighting?

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Forum topic by Ben posted 02-24-2014 12:37 AM 1044 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-24-2014 12:37 AM

Looking for line voltage undercabinet lighting. Will be wired to a switch.
OK with puck or strips, but needs to be slim profile (1 1/4” valance).

Never bought these before and most sites don’t have reviews.

Should I be looking for LED? Halogen?


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#1 posted 02-24-2014 12:54 AM

LED string lights, profile is under 1/4 inch and they come with adhesive back tape so they are easy to put up. Can be cut every 3 bulbs (you can see where in the profile of the tape. Requires 1 transformer no larger than a outlet strip and this can push up to three 16 feet long strands. The amount of light will amaze you. I am using 3 strips to light my 5×12 laundry room mounted to narrow strips of 1/4 plywood and attached with screws to the ceiling tile metal bars.

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#2 posted 02-24-2014 01:23 AM

I agree with the LED strips. I purchased a 3 foot kit of these that I found at Home Depot in Canada (couldn’t find it in the US stores).
They run about $30/foot, but give a lot of light for little power, and this model mounts on either fixed clips or clips that allow it to be twisted to shine the light against the wall more, or away from the wall.

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#3 posted 02-24-2014 01:25 AM

LED strip are the only way to go.

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#4 posted 02-24-2014 01:33 AM

I bought some fluorescent at HD and they did great. About 1” thick. Easy to install and inexpensive. You can get different lengths depending on your space.

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#5 posted 02-24-2014 04:55 AM

To replace my aging and failing (and warm) halogens, am considering the LED puck lights I saw at Ikea. Very slim profile. Plug and play. Reasonably priced. And that’s all I know!



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