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Old 12-11-2012, 11:40 AM   #1
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I'm looking for ideas for under the cabinet lights- the electrician ran power to all the undersides of the cabinets so I can hardwire them. Looks to be severall types out there- Flourescent, LED etc---- Anyone have any personal preferences?

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I'm looking for ideas for under the cabinet lights- the electrician ran power to all the undersides of the cabinets so I can hardwire them. Looks to be severall types out there- Flourescent, LED etc---- Anyone have any personal preferences?
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My preference is fluorescent. With the proper diffuser it's a nice soft light, and it's a continuous "bar" of light rather than a row of light and dark areas.
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Avoid halogen. I had a party shortly after completing the kitchen and a friend put her purse on some boxes and shoved them under the cabinet. Ended up melting her purse. They run way too hot.
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Avoid halogen. I had a party shortly after completing the kitchen and a friend put her purse on some boxes and shoved them under the cabinet. Ended up melting her purse. They run way too hot.
So because your friend made a mistake you blame the fixture? Lol.. Hey coffee is hot also, guess that's why it's labeled on the side of the cup.
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I have a similar wiring setup and use the ultra low profile flourescents. Nice diffuse light, very low power usage/no heat, and the modern ones with electronic ballasts don't hum.
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So because your friend made a mistake you blame the fixture? Lol.. Hey coffee is hot also, guess that's why it's labeled on the side of the cup.
I don't consider it a mistake - I consider it bad design (on my part). Counters are for stacking things, potentially to the height of the bottom of the cabinet. Hidden heat sources that can melt plastic or burn skin in such a working area are not a good idea IMO.

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