Rated 4 out of 5Â by 8
Rated 5 out of 5Â by j355 Am very glad I found these on the shelf
I use these for my interior cabinet lights. The strips may be cut in 2" intervals to fit right behind the door stiles for an invisible light effect that illuminates the entire cabinet. The light kits do come with some short splices which allow you to cut and go around corners with the strip (it may not be bent and must lay flat). These are minimal and not much use to me with so many cabinets to manage lighting in. Splicing for the included strips entails some creative skills to cut and separate the flexible plastic coating from the copper low voltage buss that runs along the underside of the light strips. By close observation I found the splice pads could be tinned with rosin core solder. By also tinning the leads on 20 gauge wire I could attach my own extended leads to light sections and by observing the marked polarity on the strips tie the individual leads back into the main transformer control lead so that I now have each cabinet light wired in parallel rather than in a series arrangement as it would have been if ordering the manufactures extension link sections. All wiring is hidden under a shelf I installed behind the wall cabinet crown molding and best of all....The Mrs just loves it !
Note: if you try something like this on your own, make certain you are good with soldering electronics. This is no project for a high powered soldering gun! It requires little more than a 60 watt soldering pencil with a tinned tip. Working with the thin copper bus in these lights takes dental precision and tools to hold bus and wire in position while making a solder connection. Jewelers and computer techs will understand the process better.
September 23, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Andretti Great Lighting
We've installed these strips during our recent kitchen remodel. Being able to trim them at 1 7/8" (3 LED) intervals really helps in laying out a custom setup. Uses easy to solder pads or you can purchase clip on, non-solder connectors. The power supply gives a good dimming range and with our 16' setup, we connected 2 supplies in parallel.
LED's are a Bright White 3500k which we find much nicer than Cool White/Daylight 5500k that we tried before this. Energy wise, each 8' strip only consumes 12 watts but emits 800 lumen like a 65 watt bulb.
July 25, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5Â by CatH Not as pleased as I hoped I would be
Yes, I would recommend this product but ONLY if you don't plan to use the coupler. The connection only works if pressure is constantly applied and I'd rather not stand there & hold it. So the light quality is nice, the basic set-up is simple, the dimmer works well but the light strip can't be dependably spliced. Not sure what to do now as only half of the cabinets have light. Take everything apart & return it? Is that an option? Use only 3' of the tape and buy another $60 set for the other cabinet? No. Buy a small soldering iron & make my own connections? Why should I have to go that route? So I gave it only 2 stars because I can use less than half of the 8' length due to the poorly designed coupler.
September 13, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by surfcow Impressed
Purchased one of these, was so impressed I purchased two more. They kick out a LOT of light. Low heat. Dimmer works well. Excellent under cabinet lighting.
The sticky tape makes it very easy to install. Strong tape.
They give you some short connectors, very useful up to a point. We wanted longer distances between lengths of light strip, so I used a soldering iron, some wire and a drill. We got exactly what we wanted.
If you are a hacker, this is extremely hackable.
September 2, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5Â by Angry Very frustrating
The kit only comes with 2 connectors. It is written in the instruction manual that connectors of different lengths are available by calling customer service. After calling customer service, I was hung up on. I went to the store only to have the friendly service rep confirm that Home Depot doesn't make other connectors for this unit, other than what comes in the package. Searching Electronic stores and other retailers, I discovered that Home Depot switched up their wiring in tape lights so that other parts from other companies can not be used. Most tape lights appear to be RGB, so I do not have any more connectors and won't be able to use this under cabinet lighting and have just wasted money on 3 kits to light my kitchen. Don't print in the MANUAL that more connectors are available when they clearly are not.
August 2, 2014