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Old 08-17-2010, 01:23 PM   #1
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Halogen light in Cabinet?

I have installed the cabinets pictured below in my office. I am going to put a light in behind the glass doors.

I purchased a light from Home Depot last night - your basic 120v halogen "puck" light. I wanted LED, but my wife didn't like the color of the light output, so I reluctantly got halogen.
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I am a little concerned about the heat output of a halogen lamp inside the cabinet. The directions say "not for surface mounting inside kitchen cabinets or china cabinets." Does that mean I can't recess mount the light? (the light mounts recessed or surface).

Above the top of the cabinet is an open area, framed out by 1x4s. Crown moulding will be wrapping around the cabineted area, attached to the ceiling and 1x4s.


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Old 08-17-2010, 02:41 PM   #2
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I means you can't surface mount it. The heat is probably too high and possible burn issue with wood above it. If it is recessed then it shoul be open air above it.


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Old 08-17-2010, 11:05 PM   #3
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Tresco makes led pucks called ' pockit'. They have to different color outputs. One is whitish, the other a softer, more yellowish. They don't get hot, use 1 watt per puck. They can be surface mounted or recessed with a 2 1/8" hole. They do require a separate transformer, which can handle up to six lights. Here's a link:


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