Rated 3.2 out of 5 by 18
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by scomor57 nice deck lighting
Cut out a dado under the railing, mounted with 2 sided tape.
November 13, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Jimbo Cabled 12' Black LED Landscape 12 Volt Lighting Kit
Unlike the old wired 12 volt landscape lighting systems or even the rope type this LED lighting system seems very complex but still easy to apply to older 12 volt systems such as I have done with little difficulty. The LED strips are very bright and can be adjusted if desired by adding a dimmer on/off switch which was included in this package.
The kit also can be added to additional strips by simply adding more kits sold separately of course.I am happy with the product and may at a later time add additional kits.
July 23, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by MarilynB LOVE THESE LIGHTS, BUT NOT THE INSTRUCTIONS !
After reading the instructions several times, I finally set this up as a simple strip temporarily on a trellis to test it. It is not really difficult to install if you are familiar with this type of lighting. This is just a starter kit, so be aware that there is no power pack, mounting channels, ground stakes, or low-voltage connector to attach to your existing wiring.
I wired the cord directly to one of my current power packs. It wasn't made clear how many watts are necessary for this light strip, so I hooked up to a nearly empty pack. I didn't dare cut anything to customize the layout because I wasn't sure if all the parts needed are included in this package. Then I added the AC/DC adapter, followed by the dimmer which connects to the light strip. I used "Component Layout 1" as shown in the photo.
It works great and I love the resulting effect. The 12 ft. strip of lighting consists of 120 LED lights. When I install it permanently, though, I will look for the PVC channels to hold the strip in place (The rope I used to test it looks terrible and does not stay in place - you can see in the photo that the lights didn't stay straight across the top).
My power pack is set up for dusk to dawn operation. I dimmed the lights with the dimmer, but when they came back on, they were reset to full power. This is no big deal for me because I like the brighter lights, so I will omit the dimmer later.
I really do enjoy the lights, but I think they are on the expensive side for what you get.
August 3, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by sacherjj Decent System, but not complete
The product indicates that it requires a separate power supply. it is intended to integrate in with existing low voltage AC lighting.
It is brighter than I expected and brightness is easily adjusted with the included controller.
The LED strands are sectioned into a number that are powered by the full voltage. You can cut the lines at the indicated marks and these sections are powered in parallel with each other. You either leave them parallel in the existing strip, or use wire to separate lighted sections with wire.
We decided to use these are under cabinet lighting, instead of outdoor lighting. I used good quality foamed double stick and attached under the front edge of the cabinets. The result looks great.
October 4, 2013
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by workathome Seems nice at first, but important information is missing.
This is NOT a starter kit! You need a power adapter. The write-up on HD's site mentions several times that you need 12 volts, buts does not tell you that it must be AC!. 5 levels of brightness is nice, but the the trade-off is that it pulses in a very obvious manner to accomplish it.
Installation instructions were not entirely clear to me, but that could just be me.
The kit does not come with any sort of mounting hardware. Almost everything is extra.
My Kill-a-watt measures it at 10 watts at the brightest setting.
I checked the "I would recommend this product" button, because it is a good product overall, but for the price, and it attempting to be a premium product, I think it really should be more polished and include more of the basic needs.
August 12, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Duke Replacement dimmer available from OptiLED, no charge
Be aware the dimmer that comes with this Landscape Lighting Strip Kit reverts back to the brightest setting whenever the power is turned off and back on, such as with a timer or photoelectric cell. Same is true of the dimmer sold as a separate piece, 309-P192SM-A0-A1. OptiLED (CabLED’s parent company?) has a replacement in the works, due out near the end of 2014. OptiLED will send you a replacement if you have your receipt. Contact OptiLED at firstname.lastname@example.org to have your name put on the waiting list. If Customer Service gives you the Royal Run-Around, try email@example.com.
I recommend using the PVC channeling for installation, rather than double-stick tape. It makes a neat, easy installation. Search Home Depot site for CAB-PVCCH3BHD and 270-CABLED-A0-A1. The black PVC channeling is available in-store (at least, in my local Home Depot). The white channeling is apparently only available online.
A nice feature is that the LED strip can be cut to almost any length in 3.5 inch increments.
Minor complaint: the dimmers are close to the LED strip connection, which makes it difficult to put the dimmers in a location convenient to adjust, or in a hidden location. My application was on a deck, so I was able to put the dimmers under the deck. Other applications would probably be more difficult, even impossible.
Be sure you pay attention to the polarization indicators (a circle on one side, rectangle on the other) on the connectors.
I didn’t use the connectors or jumpers, so I can’t speak for them.
Otherwise, we are very happy with this product. Lights can be used without the dimmer, but they are VERY bright.
October 22, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by wildcat great product and easy to install
I am writing this review because of the other less than positive reviews. I have used this product in my house and on my boat and have not had any problems at all. The dimmers have all worked great ,however, they will only work if installed one way so pay attention to pictures because it doesn't explain this. Although the connectors that come with it are nice and convenient, you can also use wire nuts and any low voltage wire to extend dimmer or add additional lights. I love these lights and will use them in the future.
June 25, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Oceanside These strips provide a nice accent to your 12 volt system
I was able to hook these up to my existing 12 volt lighting in the backyard without any problem. There are a nice source of lighting on my patio and a great addition to my backyard landscape lighting, which is a mixture of spots and walkway lights.
And the dimmer is a great feature.
The best part is there is a video that shows you exactly how to install them and that makes it very easy, even for someone like me.
August 12, 2013