You might think about led strip lighting. I'm going to work on mine. Bought
long 30 foot strip, which can be devided in sets of 3 . Also got dimmer
control. More work putting it all together. They are bright and I got warm
white. Many LEDs have a sky or bluish tint, not mine.
DEFINITELY go with LED. The halogen or incandescent ones run very
hot, use a lot of power, and are expensive to replace (many of those
bulbs are over $8 each for Xenogen 5 watt bulbs) and do not last long.
Get "warm white" - dimmable are nice as you can adjust the light level
to what you want, instead of guessing how much light you might want
before purchace, and finding they are either too bright or too dim.
When you say "puck", do you literally mean round flat light fixtures? This
particular type seems to be prone to overheating, at least those products
that are 120V powered and LED ones were especially bad in terms of
manufacturing quality. Horror stories about those puck LED lights abound (
http://elabz.com/repairing-lights-of-america-7200led-bn-led-lights/ is one
or search for "Lights Of America" for more ), at least a couple of years
Even their CFL counterparts seem to be having similar issues, most likely
due to overheating. I have both LED and CFL pucks and neither lasts as
long as their different design counterparts do. The shape must be messing
up with efficient heat dissipation or some other such inherent problem
Anyhow, I think if you really wanted to recess the lights or otherwise
hide them from view, use low voltage versions (12V, 24V) because the
position of the lights will make them simmer in the waste heat of the
voltage conversion from 120V and they won't last long. Low voltage ones
might still be warmer than necessary but at least there will be fewer
sources of that heat.
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