looking for ideas... trying to help someone remodel a kitchen. she
HATES the old under cabinet fluorescent fixtures with the buzzing,
flickering, etc. Last weekend I cut a box in the ceiling above her sink
so she could ditch an old surface mount fluorescent for a pendant type
fixture, you'd have thought that I painted the whole room for her as
happy as she seemed. So given that, are there any attractive fixtures,
either LED or fluorescent (with electronic ballasts of course) to hang
under your typical kitchen cabinets that can be hardwired and are not
extortionately expensive? what are good brands these days? I can do
the work but am not tapped into the world of electricians so I could use
some ideas to get started.
replace "roosters" with "cox" to reply.
I didn't like fluorescent, halogen was too hot and bulbs didn't last long.
Finally, I went for line voltage "American Lighting" brand Xenon fixtures.
They are available in pucks and strips. Xenon bulbs last longer and don't
run as hot as halogen. Line voltage allows a dimmer to be used to control
several fixtures at a time.
I have two undercounter fluorescents, one over the sink and one over
the main counter-top. They are up tight against the bollom of the
cabinets above them.. Then, I covered the skirst of those cabinets
with a flat piece of wood (oak) that matches the rest of the cabinets,
and cut a hole in the wood immediately beneath the lights and put a
piece of plastic diffuser in the opening. Using an electronic
ballast, there is no noise and virtually no heat, no flickering, and
the fixtures have been in place and used daily for many hours for more
than 6 years. I used pieces of oak baseboard for the perimeter of the
bottom plates that I made so that you do not see the raw edges. I can
send you a couple of photos if you want, just e-mail me privately.
Only bad old unit buzzes. Flourescent are your best best and the
colors are great unlike the old grey lights. They are 75% more
efficient than incandesant and many out do leds. HD has a line of I
think GE brand that are designed as undercabinet and are cheap, you
can try and return it, I have been using them for nearly 20 years in
apartments and houses. Led, to expensive, Halogen - ineficient.
I use Cree LEDs and I see a bunch of ne models. I need 3000degrees or
under for nice warm light.
I am driving about 100ma or less with a small aluminum plate for
dissipation. Also use them in bath. They are ALWAYS on, and are on
battery backup. Like this....
I like my LED lighting too. I didnt care much for the little wall wart
power supply that came with them so I replaced it with a little 1 amp
brick type power supply think it was made by Sola. I dont consider
these task lighting, really more for general illumination than
anything else but 90% + of the time it serves the purpose so the
incandescent lighting is mostly used for kitchen clean up.
The same Cree led I use outside. I illuminate two trees with two LEDs
running 500 ma.
I want the new model in a 3 led something over 500 lumens for $16
bucks each. Trees light up more brightly because of the lens than with
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