Curio Display Cabinet Lighting?

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Old 09-18-10, 09:20 PM
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Curio Display Cabinet Lighting?

My wife has a couple of open spaces and a couple behind glass where she has curios she would like to show off at night.
We bought a 9 watt fluorescent fixture and it's entirely too bright due to the fact that a 9 watt puts out about the same light as a 36 watt incandescent.
So what should I try now. I think the halogen and xenons put off too much heat to be enclosed where two of the spaces are.
So what now? LED maybe? Rope lilghting?
I am open to suggestions.
 
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Old 09-19-10, 07:26 AM
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Xenon can be dimmed unlike fluorescent. I believe LED can be dimmed somewhat.
 
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Old 09-19-10, 08:21 AM
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Dimming may make a difference for us. That would give us more control anyway.
I will have to look into that.
 
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Old 09-22-10, 12:41 AM
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Home Depot carries xenon puck lights designed for just this. I installed a set of 6 into my mom's china cabinet, and they look great. Crystal and cut glass look MUCH better under halogen/xenon light than fluorescent or LED. Have not noticed any heat buildup at all, even on full bright. The set of 6 with a touchpad dimmer was like $30.
 
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Old 09-22-10, 11:30 AM
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I guess I will have to drag myself over to a Home Depot and take a look at these.
The cabinets are quite a distance apart but I can extend wiring without a problem.
I do have another question though. My wife would like to use these on a timer so that they turn on automatically.
If we use the dimmer does it hold it's position when turned off or does it have to be reset manually each time the power is applied?
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Old 09-22-10, 09:01 PM
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OK, I hit Home Depot and found out their current set of xenon lights was $45.
So I hit Lowe's and the same set was $35 so I bought them.
I suspected that they would not work on the timer as the dimmer is an electronic type that resets on power loss but that's OK.
We found that medium lighting is just perfect for the application.
And over using an 8" F4T5 fluorescent fixture (6 each) it saved us about $40 too.
The only downside I can see is that they do generate extra heat over the fluorescents giving the same light but we can live with that.
Thanks for the advice!
 
 

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