Rated 3.8 out of 5 by 8
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by tomldtx Great light, cheap mounting clamps
The lights are brighter than I expected but for the money they should produce great light. Two light levels but can only be changed using in line switch for each light. If using for under/over cabinet lighting like me you pick a level and stick with it. The light units themselves are only sold as complete kits, meaning if you string two light units together you have unused power units. Also clamps to hold them in place are cheap and don't always hold the under cabinet lights in place. Overall I am pleased but should be for the premium price for these units.
February 19, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by LenLyn Almost Perfect
We mounted this under a shelf in a glass door cabinet to highlight some decorative glass items. The installation was as easy as it can get. I used the brackets provided, but the unit is lite enough that you could even use double stick tape if you wanted. The one thing that would improve it is a wider range of dimming options; it only has two levels. I recommend this light.
July 27, 2013
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by khk2pnk good light but too expensive
The light is low profile, bright and dimmable, but too expensive
March 25, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Linda great under cabinet light in kitchen
These lights are perfect for kitchen under cabinet lighting. It gives enough light to work and find I am not even needing to turn on other lights in the kitchen. These lights give the kitchen a finished look! We are very happy with the lights.
December 10, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by SATXBrad Brighter than expected
Does require placement of its on button. Can not be switched on from plug.
My use is for task lighting at my office desk.
January 29, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by JanetJ1090 This product is easy to install (with velcro) and looks nice.
I was trying to get an additional light strip to add to the strip and kit that I purchased. Unable to find just the light, you need to purchase the entire kit. I am stuck with an extra converter (or whatever the boxy thing is) that I did not need.
August 16, 2013
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by MrMcPenny Once it was installed - I liked it
I bought this to replace a florescent light fixture that fizzled after a month. (I'm convinced the lighting police had something to do with that). I could have replaced it with another inexpensive florescent, but they're not that inexpensive if I have to replace it often. I decided to bite the bullet and use LED lighting.
I wish the store would have had these on display. It's hard to judge the adequacy of the light without seeing it.
I noticed a lot of opened packages on the display. Maybe they had been returned, maybe other customers just wanted to see what you get. This web page doesn't have a representative photo either. Take a look at the installation instructions to see all the components.
This is not like installing a typical plug in light fixture. First you have a power supply, the some low voltage wire to the dimmer / switch and then more low voltage wire to the light itself. There's no provision for you to shorten the wiring for your specific needs, so instead you must come up with inventive ways to hide small bundles of wiring. And the ends of the wire segments are pretty large, so drilling holes in the cabinet floor to stash devices and cables is kind of out the question. Funny, they make the light itself so attractive yet they know all that wire and stuff will be in the same place - I don't get it.
There are mounting holes and screws for the power supply. Buy some shorter screws while you're at Home Depot for the power supply. The ones they. give you are way too long and would stick up through the cabinet floor.
The screws they supply for the light mounting brackets are OK.
Make sure you 'dry fit' the light into the brackets before mounting. There's a couple little leaves I'll call them on the base of the bracket designed to 'push back' on the light for a secure fit. My brackets were pushing back so hard, I couldn't get the light inserted the first time. A dry fit first will eliminate your frustration.
The inline dimmer / on / off switch just kind of hangs in the breeze. They do not provide a way to mount it. So, while you're at Home Depot, get some double sided tape. The kind that has some of that cushy foamy stuff in between is what I used. I tried regular double sided tape at first, but the backside of the switch must not be real flat because it rolled a little. Problem solved with the foam tape. (Maybe the manufacturer could throw in a piece)
Despite the elevated cost (which I justified because LED's will live longer than me), and the design issues I wrote about, I like this little light.
The engineers that designed it must have had something in mind about the installation. They should share their ideas with the rest of us - seriously; make a video or more complete instructions. There will be fewer returns and greater sales.
Oh, by the way, the actual lighting for my project was just fine. The light is well distributed from the back of the counter top to the front. The light doesn't travel much side to side though. So if you have a 24" wide work area to light up on the counter - you better get a 24" fixture - if you get only a 12" your counter will be dark on the end(s).
July 2, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by raerae1616 Great Product and Installation but a little on the expensive side!
Just thought I would quickly post my recent experience with these LED light strips.
First, I'm not sure why they are so hard to find on the HomeDepot site, because they are made by Hampton Bay but are not tagged correctly so they can't be found unless searching by the model number.... but assuming they fix that here is what I found.
The lights themselves are excellent quality and reasonably bright, perfect for under cabinet installation!
They look great and have a great light, though they say they are warm the level of warmth to the color is mild making them nice and pleasantly white. NOT as bright (or blueish) as Daylight color or as yellow as other warm LED's (I bought and returned a set from IKEA because they looked yellow compared to these). They match my warm flourscent bulbs perfectly.
They are dimmable, but on the downside the dimmer is not a full dimmer, it is a momentary switch that toggles between 3 settings: 100%, 50%, and Off.
On the bright side they have (though quick 1 second) fade in when power is turned on. Plus, they DO remember the last setting they were set to when unplugged/plugged . . . or when plugged into switched outlets like mine are.
I installed 5 of the 12" lights around my kitchen. Two are daisy chained together (as each light comes with a coupler to add another light on the end) to cover the area over my Sink.
One of the slickest parts about them is that the plug is easily removable from the end of the power cord. This has 2 purposes:
1) You can trip the power cord to length so there isn't extra cord for you to hide under your cabinet,
2) with the Plug removed, the cord is VERY easy to feed through small holes through your cabinetry to a concealed outlet (as mine are inside the cabinets themselves.
VERY well thought out in my opinion and worked amazingly for me.
The one issue I had was with the installation hardware, as the screws are longer and after putting in the first one, I quickly realized they will punch through into my cabinet as my paneling is fairly thin . . . so I did NOT use hardware.
After brainstorming I realized they were soo light that some general purpose velcrow should do the trick. Picked up some packs of the .5" general purpose velcrow squares (used 2 squares per light, 3 for each power supply/converter, and a half square for the switch). Worked Exceptionally well! The velcrow left just a small enough gap that the light itself could hold up the excess wire to/from each switch.
So hope this helps someone else. If you're looking for a great led light switch and need the benefits of the installation of these then I definitely recommend even though they are a little pricier than other models.
September 17, 2012