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bombacho 02-26-2011 11:30 AM

Homeowner needs advice re: replacing existing hardwired under cabinet lighting
 
I currently have 4 24" hardwired fluorescent under cabinet lighting fixtures that are about 15 years old. The plastic covers have cracked and I can't find replacement covers. I am considering replacing the fixtures with led as they are more energy efficient and generate less heat. I would appreciate any advice re: pros and cons of replacing florescent with led and if I should tackle this project myself or hire electrician. My electrical experience is limited to replacing switches and outlets.

oberkc 02-26-2011 05:36 PM

Replacing a fixture is, in my experience, not overly difficult.

I have LED undercabinet lighting and am very happy with it. Unfortunately, I have found that light quality and quantity can vary greatly. Shop carefully, though, and I think you can find something you are happy with. While I don't currently see big energy savings with LED over flourescent at this point, LED can offer some benefits in compactness of design.

bombacho 02-27-2011 07:08 AM

Thanks, if thats the case I may stick with fluorescent due to lower cost of fixtures.

Just Bill 02-27-2011 08:24 AM

My main complaint with LED lighting is the color, very white. At least fluorescents are available in warm white. And LED's are still very expensive, but will probably last a good part of your lifetime.

oberkc 02-27-2011 08:57 AM

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My main complaint with LED lighting is the color, very white.
A few years ago I would have agreed. If one looks, however, there are available fixtures that have really nice light color.


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