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Old 04-02-2010, 08:26 PM   #1
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My new kitchen cabinets have a recessed bottom. The sides and front extend down 1" farther than the actual bottom, like most. It looks unfinished. So I will veneer the bottom with 1/4" birch. This will give me an enclosed space the length and width of the cabinet 1" deep with no air movement. I really want to recess my xenon light pucks but these suckers get hot! Is it possible? Install with casing on? with casing off? drill 1/8" heat holes? Or just dont do it. I dont want to hear L.E.D. I like the look of xenon. But I also like the look of new cabinets without fire on them. Has anyone done this before? Thanks everyone Nervous

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I used pieces of sheet metal under my xenon under cabinet lights as a heat sink and to disperse the heat - made a huge difference (would not have installed them without some remedation, as they got WAY too hot). I got ready made sheet metal pieces about 6"x8" from the roofing department at Lowes.
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Eric - electrical thread is good (in fact, it is the BEST!), but expecting a reply in 8 minutes late on a Friday night is asking alot. May I suggest, filling out your location in your profile.

Also, posting some pics helps grab people's attention.

I've never done this, nor do I have any good ideas, except ending your post with a statement that you 'don't want to hear' about LEDs might be turning some people off - seems like you may not want to listen....
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I cant post any pictures right now. time is not of the essence, just checkin the e-mail link. Any advice will be GREATLY appreciated. I apologize for offensive directness.
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I used pieces of sheet metal under my xenon under cabinet lights as a heat sink and to disperse the heat - made a huge difference (would not have installed them without some remedation, as they got WAY too hot). I got ready made sheet metal pieces about 6"x8" from the roofing department at Lowes.
A HEAT SINK! BRILLIANT! I AM FEELING VERY DUH! Simple dispersion.
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You weren't offensive, just some friendly advice for getting more advice - and it looks like you're getting some, so here's another bump to keep it active.
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I used pieces of sheet metal under my xenon under cabinet lights as a heat sink and to disperse the heat - made a huge difference (would not have installed them without some remedation, as they got WAY too hot). I got ready made sheet metal pieces about 6"x8" from the roofing department at Lowes.
i was gonna actually install those cabinet lightings later this year.

For the sheet metal, is it just a metal plate under the lights like a base plate, or do i make a housing around the light with the sheet metal?

Also, can i find that at home depot? Lowes is a bit of a mission for me to go to.
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i was gonna actually install those cabinet lightings later this year.

For the sheet metal, is it just a metal plate under the lights like a base plate, or do i make a housing around the light with the sheet metal?

Also, can i find that at home depot? Lowes is a bit of a mission for me to go to.
Yes, just a plate between the light and the cabinet. I would imagine HD or any place that sells roofing materials has similar metal flashing.

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