Under-cabinet LED lighting question


Old 08-24-13, 08:24 AM
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Under-cabinet LED lighting question

Hi folks, hopefully quick & easy to answer questions about LED under-cabinet lighting.

1. Can someone recommend a brand/source for LED strip lights that are hard-wired on both the 120 VAC and the 12 VDC side? I would like to hard-wire the transformer and then link the LED light strips with "cut to length" low voltage wiring that is run behind the sheetrock. So far, everyhing I've found is linkable only with wiring that has connectors. Also, I need to link up to 4 and maybe even 5 sections. Yes, I've searched and it appears they make this type but I haven't seen anyone name a specific brand.

2. Is the transformer normally mounted above or below the cabinet?

3. Will someone like Lowes or HD normally carry the low-voltage wiring and what is the spec I'm looking for, if any?

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Old 08-24-13, 08:49 AM
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No brand name, but I know the owner of a local lighting store and usually send my clients there for questions, answers and advice prior to purchase. I don't see why you can not use the LED's that are linkable using connectors, simply leave the balance of the wire in the wall where no one can see it. The transformer needs to be serviceable so it can not be located inside the wall cavity. Depends on the size of the transformer, but you can usually mount them to the inside upper back portion of a base cabinet and fish the wires out the bad of the cabinet to start your wall feed.

Xenon lighting can be hard wired on both ends. The size of the wire is dictated on the length of the run. Long runs of Low voltage wire experience voltage drop off.

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