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Do you have high CRI 3000-4000k linear fixtures for under-cabinet lighting?

I’m doing a kitchen reno and I’d like to buy some high CRI under cabinet lighting. I saw you have these under-cabinet LED modules, but I’m worried about glare without a diffuser. Do you have any high CRI 3000-4000k LED light bars or linear fixtures? 

Though we would usually recommend the NorthLux™ 95 CRI T5 LED Linear Light Fixtures as a primary alternative, these products are not available in 4000K. As such, they may not be a good option for your preferred under-cabinet lighting. 

As a second option, we would instead recommend the 24V 4000K CENTRIC DAYLIGHT™ LED Strip Lights for Commercial & Retail. This product can be paired with in-wall dimmers (including smart-home dimmer systems) and powered using in-wall power supplies. Though this is a more involved installation process than the T5 linear lights, the product is able to offer some large advantages.

​Additionally, these LED strip lights can be placed within channels such as our 3.3' (1 meter) Aluminum Channel for LED Flex Strip product, which ships with diffusor covers. In the event that the 3.3' length is not to preference, I believe that third-party channels are also available from third-party marketplaces. 

​For your reference, I have attached a few interactive LED strip light layout diagrams from our website below. 

LayoutMaps™ - LED Strip Light Layout 3001-1A

LayoutMaps™ - LED Strip Light Layout 3001-1B

Can the channels you mention be cut? I have a few smaller nooks (e.g. 18-30"). Would you recommend the flat or corner channels for under cabinets? I'd place them near the front of the cabinet.

In our experience, under-cabinet lighting typically aims directly downward onto the counter surface area. Although we could easily imagine an installation where the corner channel units are back-mounted, this installation does not seem overly beneficial for lights that are to be installed towards the front of the cabinets. 

​As such, we would likely recommend the flat version of the aluminum channels for your installation. 

I'd like to go with the LED strips, and my electrician is coming in soon so I would like to get all the components for pre drywall ordered immediately. For the power supply, do I need a junction box, and should I get 12V or 24V? I see that 24V is out of stock until June 21 and I may need it sooner than that.

Would you be able to help me get a list of all the supplies I need including wire, etc? I'm looking at about 13 linear ft of cabinets / shelving to run strips under, with two opposite walls to cover. I've attached my kitchen layout so you can see.

Based on our conversations regarding the 24V CENTRIC DAYLIGHT™ LED Strip Lights for Commercial & Retail, we would recommend utilizing either the 24V TRIAC Dimmable Power Supply for LED Strip or the 24V CENTRIC SERIES™ Flicker-Free Dimmable Power Supply for LED Strip

As the two products are identical feature-wise, the primary difference can be found in the smaller dimensions of the Centric Series power supply, which can be beneficial for installations that require a smaller footprint. If the power supply is required ahead of the TRIAC 24V availability date, we would then recommend the Centric Series. 

As the LED strip lights require 5.5 watts per foot, and as the 24V power supplies can offer 96 watts, each power supply can safely provide power for a maximum of ~17 feet. As such, we would recommend utilizing two power supplies to independently power the two 13 ft segments. 

We have attached links to our LayoutMaps diagram pages below, which contain layout instructions as well as links to each of the recommended connector accessories. I have also shared a link to the list of compatible dimmers (including smart home dimmers) that our power supplies are compatible with. 

​You might notice that Layout 3001-1C illustrates an installation that utilizes two power supplies for two product reels that are connected to one wall dimmer, which might be of interest for your kitchen installation plans. 

LayoutMaps™ - LED Strip Light Layout 3001-1B

LayoutMaps™ - LED Strip Light Layout 3001-1C

Compatible Dimmer List for CENTRIC SERIES LED Power Supply

I have about 13 ft total of strips to run along the two walls combined, not 13 ft on each wall. That being said there will have to be wire inbetween, but does that require extra wattage just for connecting strips across the room or can I get away with one power supply?

Can/should I put these power supplies inside a cabinet, tucked under an upper cabinet, or in a toe-kick or something so they arent covered in drywall in case of replacement, etc?

What wire should I get and can my electrician substitute out some locally available wire? Which wire should I get and can my electrician?

If you are planning to utilize 13 total feet of LED strip light product,we can confirm that one power supply should be more than sufficient. 

We can also confirm that the power supplies can easily be tucked away inside of cabinets or toe-kicks for easy adjustment, and do not necessarily need to be installed within the walls except to have access to in-wall power and connection to any in-wall dimmers or light switches.

Generally speaking, we recommend utilizing 16 AWG wiring to reduce the chances of voltage drop, which is available in our storefront. That said, this gauge of wiring is also very likely to be available from your local hardware stores. 

​Your electrician will likely be able to provide precise advice for the installation, though we generally like to inform customers that large wired gaps between the power supplies and products can cause some voltage drop, though this can be reduced by using a higher gauge of wiring. 

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