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Under Cabinet Lighting: LED vs Xenon, Which is Better?

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undercounter lighting displayBe prepared to re-learn everything about lighting you know...seriously.

Following is a new undercabinet lighting display at Yale showing the following lamp types from top to bottom:

  1. Juno UPL30 Pro LED: 9.5 watts 52 lumens 3000 Kelvin
  2. CSL Mach 120 LED: 10 watts 340 lumens 2900 Kelvin
  3. CSL Mach 120 Xenon Halogen: 120 Volt 140 watts 270 lumens 2900 Kelvin
  4. Juno Pro Xenon Low Voltage: 12 volt 80 watts 800 lumens 3000 Kelvin

Before we answer some pretty interesting questions, following are some lighting definitions.

Kelvin Temperature: Kelvin is a color rendering or quality of light scale. 2500 degrees Kelvin is incandescent. An incandescent renders a warm, yellowish light. Older fluorescent lighting renders at 5000 degrees Kelvin and renders a harsh white light like the sun.

Halogen and low voltage are considered "white" lights at 2900-3100 degrees Kelvin, but only white compared to incandescent.  Our showroom is all "white" LEDs on the appliance side as the light really emphasizes the stainless steel

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Confused? Let's talk about lumens....(there is a video at the end, don't worry)

Lumens (according to Wikipedia): The lumen can be thought of casually as a measure of the total "amount" of visible light in some defined beam or angle, or emitted from some source. My definition would have been measurable light to the floor or counter.

The problem with comparing Xenon with LED for lumens and Kelvins is it varies among manufacturers, and like the mattress police there are no enforceable standards. You almost have to see the light itself.

LED is whiter at the same Kelvin teperature as halogen or low voltage.

Let's compare from a specification point of view

Life expectancy:

  • LED 50,000 hours
  • Low Voltage 10,000 hours
  • Halogen 2,000 hours

Heat: (heat is significant, because a hot lamp will melt your food in a cabinet)

  • LED:  Minimal
  • Halogen and Low voltage: 300 degrees

Watts: (energy consumed)

  • Juno LED 9.5 watts
  • CSL LED 10 watts
  • Halogen 140 watts
  • Low voltage 80 watts

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Take a look at this video to see the comparison: 


A few review sites have placed this at the bottom of their articles. So here is our take: Our mission is to find reliable products for you to buy. Other review sites may say this as well.

However, we don’t love every product. Quite frankly, it costs us way too much money in repair costs to support less reliable brands.

In fact, we sell fewer brands than most appliance stores. Here is why:

We feel it is our responsibility to repair your appliances after you buy them.

We now have 30 service technicians, each averaging 8-10 calls a day Monday through Friday, plus another 110 on Saturday. That's over 30,000 service calls logged in one year.

The labor rates of fixing an appliance do not come close to the true cost in any product’s warranty period.

That is why no major retailer has a service department. It costs too much labor, money and time.

Our Blog is a bit different than most others you will read. We cannot write glowing reviews of unreliable products.

Hopefully, the bloggers and organizations who write such glowing product reviews for every brand consider servicing these products first. Only then they will understand the consequences of their marketing.

Steve Sheinkopf

My goal has always been simple: I want Yale to be the best retail experience anywhere. I have tried to create a compelling environment for customers and employees alike.

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