Rated 3.9 out of 5Â by 8
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Slvrghost Don't know how I lived without 'em!
I'm crazy about these lights. My solid countertops, tile backsplash and wood cabinets combined to make food prep literally a stab in the dark. I slice and dice a lot, and an occasional culinary delight has been found to contain filet of fingertip.
So, I bought three of these 3-light kits to shed a little light on the subject. They flood the counters with a warm color light that is more natural looking than the cooler colored halogens, and far better than the blue light produced by most LEDs and fluorescent lights. Also, the two position in-line switches allow either ambient mood lighting, or serious working light. Their glass covers do get pretty hot, but the plastic housings stay cool due to vents in the shells and nibs on the backs that hold the lights slightly away from the cabinet bottoms.
They were relatively easy to mount. Two screws hold each light to the underside of the cabinets. Gotta be careful, though, not to drill the pilot holes through the other side of the cabinet bottom. I did on a couple, but they're tiny and unnoticeable. Some day I'll get around to filling them, but that's a low-priority item for now.
Positioning the lights was a bit of a challenge. I wanted one light centered under each cabinet door. That seemed easy enough, until I realized that the two mounting holes in the back of each light were slightly offset from center, rather than being evenly spaced. So, I put a strip of masking tape on the lower front edge of the cabinet and used a Sharpie to mark the center point of the door. I centered the light on that, then marked the screw hole positions. I put another strip of tape on the bottom of the cabinet, wrapped it to the back side and extended the marks underneath so I could see where the holes were to be drilled while lying on my back on the counter with my feet in the sink. That all may sound kinda tedious, but it's necessary if you want a nice finished job.
Note that these lights are plug-in, not hard wired. That makes the install simpler, but you have to accept and plan for cord drops to wall outlets. Up to eight lights can be linked on one power connection. However, due to the positioning of my cabinets and the short linking cables supplied, I had to have three cord drops - one for five lights, one for two, and a single. I didn't want the cords just dangling from the cabinets, so I bought a length of plastic cord cover from HD, cut three 12 inch sections and sprayed them silver to sorta match my stainless appliances. I added a "connector" fitting to each end for a more finished appearance, peeled of the paper backing and stuck 'em to the backsplash. Problem Solved!
Oh, and those linking cords and switches . . . didn't want them dangling either. So, I picked up a dozen or so plastic stick-on wire clips and used them to keep everyting up and outa sight.
Be very careful when wiring the switches, because it's necessary to cut one of the two wires of the power cord. DO NOT cut the "ribbed" wire - the "smoothie" is the correct one to sever. Naturally, I botched the first one I worked on, and you can't just buy another one off the shelf somewhere. Fortunately, Jasco (the manufacturer/distributor) was kind enough to send me a replacement.
My major gripe about these things is that the plugs on the supplied power cords stick straight out from the wall. I fixed that by cutting off the plugs (and the unneeded cord length) and replacing them with angle plugs from HD. The flush fit is much, much nicer. Although the wires are standard 18-gauge, they're larger than normal due to their beefy insulation. My point? Not all plugs you may come across will work. Trial and error, my friends.
These lights are polarized. The angled plugs are not. So, when wiring the new plugs, be sure to connect the "ribbed" wire to the blade that will be inserted into the wide-blade hole of the outlet receptacle. Then, mark that blade in some way to avoid plugging it in the wrong way. A dot with a Sharpie will do the trick.
Yeah, the light housings are slightly visible below the cabinets, but I honestly don't find it strongly objectionable. I can live with it considering how well they do their job.
March 10, 2011
Rated 4 out of 5Â by DutyMan Nice lights
Just finished installing 10 of these puck lights under my cabinets. The first point I want to make since nobody at Home Depot could answer-- These work fine on a dimmer switch. I installed without the cheesy two level swith that can be wired in-line. I wired them direct to a dimmer switch and it works great.
Why did I choose the individual pucks to the 2 or 3 light bars? The answer is a couple of reasons:
1: My store only had the singles or the 3 light bar in stock.
2: I really wanted equal spacing under multiple cabinets of varying widths.
3: This was more cost effective, kind of.
The light coming from these is great, it is a real compliment to my kitchen, no complaints there.
The $7 direct wire box is really a silly purchase if you know anything about electricity and wiring. It simply converts your home wire to the modular plug. I will say it adds a nice box to house the connections for a clean look. Would not be hard to replicate for about $1 though if you aren't afraid of cutting off the modular plug of one wire and wiring direct into a small box you purchased. The instructions even detail which wire is hot.
I am disappointed they don't sell these pucks in 1 or 2 packs since I have 2 left over! That is why I say it is only kind of cheaper. I have no use for 2 of these which is a throw away of about $20.
Given how much I just spend on the kitchen $20 isn't going to keep me up given the consistency of perfectly spaced lights.
January 23, 2010
Rated 5 out of 5Â by MattB Finally!
We are nearing the end of our remodel and I have spent the entire time looking for the perfect under cabinet light. I first tried LED, but wasn't satisfied with the look at night (too harsh white) and the cost. I then tried a fluorescent bar, but wasn't satisfied with the look either as it reminded me of being in an office. I was hesitant to try xenon lighting just due to the reviews of it being too hot. I first looked at the bars, but HD didn't carry one that was short enough. Since I had already ran the wires and the tile was on the wall, my options were limited. I found these lights and was skeptical, but tried them anyways and I am glad I did. I used the GE hard wire junction box and linked them together where I could. Total I have six of these lights. I used a Lutron dimmer switch instead of the switch that is included. I'm completely satisfied and the heat of the bulbs isn't an issue.
March 4, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Snoopy1 Great Lights
Just installed 15 under the cabinets in the kitchen of our new house. Easy to install. Wife loves the look and the lighting. Would highly recommend. Will be adding more on top of cabinets very soon.
August 19, 2010
Rated 1 out of 5Â by hastingsnkc Don't Waste Your Money
Unfortunately I too purchased this light set and the switch fell apart in my hands as I was trying to install it.
March 3, 2013