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1thumb

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05-21-2020 02:48 PM

For a home office, not kitchen. Need good light for working. Plug in strip or something. Probably not hardwired. One run is 24”, other approx 60”. Any suggestions? Thanks


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ChefHDAN

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#1 posted 05-21-2020 03:33 PM

lots of plug & play options at HD & Lowes

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#2 posted 05-21-2020 04:20 PM


lots of plug & play options at HD & Lowes

- ChefHDAN


I know. Prob over thinking, but task lights designed for kitchen to provide enough light so you can turn on a toaster oven may not suffice for a work station where someone will be there for hours reading, writing, etc. Ample light and an even splash

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ibewjon

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#3 posted 05-21-2020 04:31 PM

Will it be seen, or is it behind the lower rail? Or all exposed? There are lot of thin led strip lights, or cut to length led tape lights. If more lumens needed, put in two strips of tape. Also color choice is important. 6000k is brighter than lower Kelvin temp lights. Depends on the look you want.

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Madmark2

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#4 posted 05-21-2020 04:57 PM

Superbrightleds.com has all sorts of solutions from barely visible to sunglasses required. I put three 18” strips on top of the counter splash and they made a huge difference.


Off …


… dim …


… bright.

I bought the $10 wireless remote that sequences and dims. I also have “wave” switches so the LEDs can turn off and on contactlessly.

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John Smith

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#5 posted 05-21-2020 05:10 PM

I used two 18” LED strip lights that plug tandem into each other for my
craft bench. it is plugged into a wall outlet behind the bench.
you can always cut & solder an extension if you need a cord longer
than 6ft. a simple small apron to hide the lights also keeps the
light beam out of your eyes.
a photo of your work desk will put everyone on the same page
for the most accurate suggestions. (the Box Stores have what you need).

.

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LeeRoyMan

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#6 posted 05-21-2020 05:44 PM

Search around here a little. (Outwater Plastics)
Lots of items to compare with.

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Woodknack

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#7 posted 05-21-2020 09:30 PM

Following. Need the same solution for my kitchen. Problem I’ve had with under-cabinet LEDs and fluorescents is they don’t last long, a couple years and kaputz. Anyone can google lights strips but a lot of them suck.


Superbrightleds.com has all sorts of solutions
...
I bought the $10 wireless remote that sequences and dims. I also have “wave” switches so the LEDs can turn off and on contactlessly.
- Madmark2

Sweet. How long have you owned them?

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clin

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#8 posted 05-21-2020 09:36 PM

If light level is critical to you, I suggest you learn a bit about the light level you need so you can shop based on an actual numeric range. Also, if it matters, not all lights can be turned on from a light switch controlling power to the light. I know it sounds crazy, but some only can be turned on and off by the switch on the fixture itself. This was an issue in my installation.

For my under cabinet lighting in my shop, I got these GE lights at Home Depot. They can be ganged together, come in lengths of 12”, 18”, 24’, and 36”. They have two intensity settings. They are MUCH more light than the soft mood lighting of many kitchen lights. These are definable task lighting for doing work.

I use them for detailed work such as working on electronics. I like a lot of light, A LOT. And these are plenty bright for me.

https://www.homedepot.com/p/GE-24-in-Premium-LED-Linkable-Under-Cabinet-Light-Fixture-38848/301534328

-- Clin

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#9 posted 05-21-2020 09:42 PM

I had LED strip lighting with a dimmer switch put under my kitchen cabinet. It wasn’t that expensive and it’s really a great feature in our kitchen.

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Axis39

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#10 posted 05-21-2020 10:00 PM

I’ve purchased two different LED lighting solutions in the last several months from Amazon.

The first for the kitchen – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07TN5HNPN/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o08_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 – These worked really well and give off lots of really good task lighting. Plus, you can dim it down if it’s too much. Comes with it’s own remote.. It literally included everything i needed to do all of my cabinets and has worked flawlessly since I installed it back in September… I think they’ve been on almost continuously since, actually.

The second for the workshop – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B076FQ15R6/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 – These really lit up my space nicely and were super easy to install (they come with little metal brackets). But, they are longer than your short run… Maybe they make short ones? They also came with everything to do all kinds of different configurations. I’ve used five of them in my shop to light up over my main work area, and am using two inside a cabinet I’m building now.

-- John F. SoCal transplant, chewer uppper of good wood

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#11 posted 05-21-2020 10:54 PM


lots of plug & play options at HD & Lowes

- ChefHDAN

Meanrds too, actually just about anywhere you can get a light they have major choices in high lumen lights. It’s hard to suggest a specific light right now, between no longer available, new additions of the old stuff, and just plain new additions, sales and whatnot it’s a volatile market.

5,000 (5K) lumens, in a brite white will light you up.

It’s kinda weird going from watts of power per bulb, to lumens, and then color scale, some learning involved, plenty online to do that.

John that is a magnificent work area. It could be reloading, painting, woodworking, whatever.

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ibewjon

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#12 posted 05-21-2020 11:21 PM

I too have had good luck buying from super Bright LEDs.com. With any fixture or lighting product you get what you pay for. My under cabinet florescents in the kitchen have lasted 30 years, only changed the lamps once. They have good quality Advance ballasts, like used in commercial and industrial lighting. I will be changing to led sometime in the future, but I am spending my time in the shop.

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LeeRoyMan

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#13 posted 05-22-2020 12:06 AM

95% of all the lighting I use is Loox from Hafele.
I won’t suggest anymore sites from now on.

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