We recently installed Good Earth Xenon undercabinet lights. The Xenon
light were touted as lasting longer than Halogen, and as being not as
hot. They were installed under the cabinets, according to the
I love the light they give but they do seem rather hot. Specifically
when they have been on maybe an hour or so, they are warm enough that
the fixtures are almost too hot to touch (I have asbestos hands), and
the bottom of the cabinet above is warm, as are the bottoms of the
plates in the cabinet above the light.
Is this typical with halogens? Should I be concerned about this? The
cabinets are laminated particle board. Would this cause delamination?
On 1/11/2005 10:25 PM US(ET), Sue took fingers to keys, and typed the
Mine are halogen and they do get hot.
My wife likes to use them as auxiliary lights when the main room lights
are off, despite my telling her that the bulbs cost almost $5 each to
But, that's another story.
Sue, I have installed all types of under cabinet lights and prefer the xenon
over all. They do get hot,but I doubt hot enough to ignite anything,however
I wouldn't place glass or combustibles to close, just as a precaution. I had
an incident with halogen under cabinets,where the customer had a thick glass
jar with a lid that had a glass ball on top,sitting right below the fixture.
While I was standing there working, we heard a Pop, and the jar was cracked
and a pot holder and a cardboard box, which were both on the counter, were
in flames. These items were two feet apart from each other. Nothing else in
the kitchen was on or hot at the time, noone can explain it, and I couldn't
make it happen again.
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