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shopmania

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05-10-2014 09:04 PM

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I am building a wall mounted unit for my daughter and her husband. It has two single cabinets about 17” wide and 30” tall with glass doors, connected by 2 shelves, on at the very top and one about 16” below that. I will be building brackets for them to hang their wine glasses upside down from these shelves. I thought it would be really cool to have some small lights mounted under the shelves that would shine down on/thru the stemware, and provide a nice indirect light source for their dining room. I know there are a few battery powered options, but was thinking about putting an LED strip under each shelf and maybe a puck in the top of each cabinet, all working on one switch. the 12 v system from Hafale seems like it might be a good option. The pictures are limited, and the instructions online seem to be non existent.

Does anyone have any experience with these? Are they easy to work with? Install? are they good quality? Woodcraft has a kit for $99 that would have what I need, plus maybe two lighting pucks for $29 each more. Thoughts? Suggestions??

Thanks,

Tim

-- Tim, Myrtle Beach, DrTim@ONeillChiro.com- Just one more tool, that's all I need! :)


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#1 posted 05-10-2014 09:26 PM

In interested in this too. I want to make a ceiling lamp / chandelier sort of thing and control a bunch of LEDs on one dimmer switch. Any advice is welcome.

-- Brian in Wantagh, NY

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#2 posted 05-10-2014 09:34 PM

I have used the Loox lighting from Hafele. Very easy with their controllers everything is plug and play.
Here is their catalog for the Loox Lighting. Should have everything you need, just need to do a little reading.
If you have questions regarding a certain type, maybe I can help you. Well worth the cost in my opinion.

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shopmania

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#3 posted 05-10-2014 10:40 PM

Thanks Iwud4u. i did find the catalog online after my post. That def helps. Glad to hear you were happy with their products.

-- Tim, Myrtle Beach, DrTim@ONeillChiro.com- Just one more tool, that's all I need! :)

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#4 posted 05-10-2014 11:30 PM

Have not used it yet but lee valley sells led lights and power supplies that look very good

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#5 posted 05-10-2014 11:45 PM

This is not mounted under the shelves but rather, inside the top of the unit. But since you haven’t started building it yet, maybe you’re open to ideas?

I used small hockey puck style recessed lights in this unit, and made a glass shelf to let the light flow through. The shelf is basically a wood frame with a rabbet to set the glass into.

I did this project a few years ago, using halogen lights. If I did it today I would use LED lights, as they burn much cooler and I really like the light they cast.

Of course, this doesn’t address your question about light shining through the wine glasses, but it would be a nice compliment to your project if you’re up to going the extra mile.

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#6 posted 05-10-2014 11:49 PM

If the chandelier is gonna have the LEDs on a dimmer, then a regular dimmer won’t work. You have to check the power supply or packaging to see if it’s capable of being dimmed by an LED dimmer. Which won’t work for a regular incandescent or compact flourescent lp.

As far as the original question goes. It’s hard to figure out what you need to do until you select a product. Any low voltage or LED light will have a power pack you have to consider placement of.

I suggest anything low voltage light since you can make splices anywhere if necessary.

I have installed some LED strips recently that are about 1/8” tall by 1/2” wide that can be cut from full length of 15’ to a couple inches. They also came with a power pack, an IR remote pack and a remote. You could change them to any color just about and fade them to different colors and intensities. They were a pain though, but looked great when done.

As far as adding a switch somewhere, if you have questions about anything electrical is be glad to help.

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#7 posted 05-11-2014 02:11 AM

LED strip lights look like the way to go. They’re pretty cheap on amazon. How bright are they?

-- Brian in Wantagh, NY

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#8 posted 05-11-2014 02:19 AM

Thanks guys. I’ve already built the unit. Just about finished. The cabinets will have glass shelves for light to shine through. Was gonna use a puck light in each cabinet.. Was going to use an LED strip under each shelf. Looking for my best option. Price is a consideration. Don’t mind spending some$, but this is not a no holds barred project. The Hafale system gets me a Power pack, switch and 2 strips for $99 at Woodcraft, plus two pucks at $29 each. The power pack handle up to 6 lights I think. Is this my best option? Fridge, where did you get the LED’s that change color? How much? Sorry some of these pics are upside down.

Thanks

-- Tim, Myrtle Beach, DrTim@ONeillChiro.com- Just one more tool, that's all I need! :)

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#9 posted 05-11-2014 02:20 AM

Pretty bright if you circle the bottom of the shelf, etc instead of 1 strip.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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