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The two newest systems for under cabinet lighting are LED Tape and the Legrand under cabinet system. Both provide low profile LED lighting, but are very different in application. Functionality as well as new vs. old construction really determine the best system for your application. I like them both for different reasons.
LED tape uses high output LEDs for maximum brightness. This professional modular lighting system features a wide range of plug and play accessories and a variety of control options. This unique LED tape provides easy and simple installations. It’s made from a highly flexible material that can be applied to most surfaces using 3M double-sided tape.
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Features & Applications
Low power consumption, low heat output, and up to 50,000 hours of rated life span
Optional aluminum mounting channel with clear or diffused lens covers
No ultra violet (UV/IR) radiation, no mercury
90° bend or tighter, cutting mark
Cove and soffit lighting
Path and contour marking
Under-shelf and under-cabinet lighting
Accent and edge lighting
Comes in 16 ft. roll
Estimate price for LED tape $200 (standard output) $350 (high output)
Legrand Under-Cabinet lighting
Legrand under-cabinet lighting makes dark spaces shine.You can relocate outlets and lights to suit your workflow needs. Add lights, speakers, USB charging and portable device docks to build your dream kitchen. The Legrand adorne Under-Cabinet Lighting System is a fully customizable, modular solution for eliminating kitchen clutter and wall outlets. Because it’s modular, it’s compatible with any kitchen layout and can be hard-wired or plugged into any home wiring configuration. You can add linear LED lights or LED puck lights to this system at any time. The lights plug into the modular track without needing an electrician once the track has been installed.
Features & Benefits
Lights can be easily plugged into the connection ports on any system module and can be added or removed as-needed
Linear light features 8W, 280 lumens, and 3000k color temperature
Designed for use with adorne Under-Cabinet Lighting System only
Lights feature a sleek titanium finish
Rated life span of 40,000 hours
Modular track available in three lengths (12”, 18”, and 27”) and can also be connected together
Removable snap-in modules are interchangeable (outlets, lights, USB, and music kit)
Hardwire or plug-in installation. Easy installation to any existing residential wiring system, or simply plug-in to an existing outlet
Plug-In LED lighting available in both linear and puck styles
Digital music kit provides stereo sound with BLUETOOTH
Eliminates the need for wall outlets while providing task lighting, outlets, and music all in one
Estimate price for LED light $45 -$65
Which is Better?
After seeing both displayed in our showroom, you can see the differences in installation between the LED tape and Legrand under cabinet lighting. I would recommend using LED tape for inside the cabinet, cove, and soffit illuminations because of its flexibility and visibility. LED Tape uses high output LEDs for maximum brightness. This unique LED tape provides easy and simple installations. It’s made from a highly flexible material that can be applied to most surfaces using 3M double-sided tape. In other words, this is simple to install and will provide great lighting in your kitchen.
For new construction, the best option has to be the Legrand system because it provides convenience of relocating power outlets, LED lighting, USB charging, and digital music. The Legrand system also disappears under any size cabinet that’s 12” or deeper. I personally like the idea of walking into my kitchen and playing music from my Phone using Bluetooth for the digital music kit. You can have music, outlets, USB charging, LED lights, and a mobile cradle all in one with this Legrand under cabinet system.
LED Tape is easier to install, but in every other aspect look at the Legrand, it truly is amazing (watch the video).
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Felisberto Silva is a Lighting Sales Consultant at Yale Appliance. Fe has worked at Yale for over 15 years. In his spare time, he likes to spend time with his three children and traveling.
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