With so many variations and products in the marketplace it can be tough to make the right call on LED lighting. The products we’ll discuss below are more on the professional side of the spectrum, but that doesn’t mean beginners can’t jump in as well. LED lighting from Tresco Lighting creates an easy approach which works around one power supply. This power supply uses 12V DC and plugs directly into your wall outlet like a lap top power supply would.
The cool thing about this system is that it’s universal, meaning you can mix and match the various LED lights that Tresco offers. As long as you are using their power supply and components, you are safe to make your ideal lighting setup. (I should note that cutting or attempting to hardwire their lights would void any warranty.)
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LED Light Kit for Under Cabinet Lighting
So, here’s the basics on the light kit. There are multiple ways to go about selecting LED lights and achieving a successful lighting project, but this is simply a way to get you started with a power supply and lights for under cabinet applications. The first thing is the power supply. Next, you’ll need a way to control the lights. Lastly, the LED fixtures you will mount under the cabinets.
The 60 watt power supply is the best way to go. The rule-of-thumb here is to add up all of the combined wattage of your selected light fixtures and to not exceed the 60 watts that the power supply allows for.
In order to control the lights and turn them on or off, you will need a switch to do that. Again, we are working within the Tresco Lighting system. Using only items from this product line gives us compatibility and UL safety listings.
There are many on/off switches offered, but a basic rocker switch is a simple way to control the lights within this kit. This particular rocker switch can be recessed into your cabinetry for a clean look.
As we mentioned previously, we will need to add up the wattage of all our selected LED light fixtures. We do this in order to avoid overloading the power supply. Luckily, the power supply we recommend is rated for up to 60 watts. Usually LED fixtures remain between 1 watt to 6 watts, so you should have plenty of working room.
This EquiLine puck light is a great starter fixture. It features a warm 3000K color temperature that works nicely with cabinet or wood furniture applications. With a 60 watt power supply, you can use plenty of these throughout your application.
- Light Output: 119 lumens
- Beam Spread: 60 degrees
- Power Consumption: 2.5 Watts
- Input Voltage: 12VDC
- Color Temperature: 3000K
- Includes: Surface Mount Ring, (2) metal screws, 79” starter cord (attached to fixture)
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All of these Tresco Lighting products are low voltage and can be installed without an electrician, but if you are doing more detailed electrical lighting projects we recommend consulting directly with a certified professional.