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John Powell

Emily I have found that the very best electricians are really good at what they do, but not always on the leading edge of new technology. PLUS its important to them and to you to make sure that proper electrical standards are followed ( for example, GFI outlets in bathrooms, tamper proof outlets in kitchens and areas where children may have access.) Please dont hire cheap cowboys for your electrical work! For inside cupboards and armoires, sometimes the simplest battery operated solution is most effective. These units come with a watch battery, an adhesive and a pressure sensitive magnet button. Open the door stick the unit in the corner of the cupboard, stick the "magnet switch" on the door and you are "done" . As the light only lights up when you open the cupboard the batteries last for ever. At least in my Armoire... Well under 5 dollars.Big score!!

That said, LED really work for me, but I have found that the technology is advancing rapidly and sometimes what you buy may become obsolete. Beware of cheap LED fixtures with non standard bulbs. When the bulb does go out 27 years from now the whole fixture will have to be replaced.

I use Phillips Hue lightstrips (v.2, v.1 didnt last for long) and "magnitude" LED dimmable controllers with regular cheap adhesive soft white lightstrips . Philips Hue is really nice but very expensive. The Magnitude controllers are compact and powerful enough to manage a long light strip. I use dimmers from LeGrande ( not wifi, and not that great in function the LED strips sometimes flicker on low light, but very attractive colors ) and Levitron ( not compatible with Amazon Dot or Smartthings hubs...

If you are in the USA I highly recommend, I have used them for many years good service and good range of products.

I also urge you to consider alloy rails with plastic lens covers to use with light strips. It helps make the light emitted nice and even. Phillips Hue lightstrips are self contained and colorful but I really dont like the pin points of a kazillion little led lights, I would prefer an even light emission. Phillips hue are also not able to be hardwired unless your electrician will do it, and that's problematical. Hue has a power unit that is "plug and play"into a regular outlet. That convenience makes them less useful for custom installations, in my opinion.

kitchen with light strip and painted glass backsplash

Toe kick of same kitchen cupboards with Phillips Hue; I asked Alexa to make them red for this photo.....

Good luck with your lighting. LED really are the best thing since .....sliced bread?

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John Powell

More pictures Emily....

Under cabinet LED strip and in the mirror the overhead LED potlights. No receptacle required, just a hole saw and hook up the wires....

A light strip with alloy runner (36 inches long) and lens

Installed under the cabinet

Magnitude controller hidden in cupboard

My ensuite has a "floating" Ikea Cabinet mounted to the wall and the LED lightstips really make this one of my favorite LED treatments. Dimmable.

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Here are some lighting design solutions that Railroadware offers in it's fixtures to deal with the glare that is especially hard on older eyes.

  1. Recess the bulb so that it is not visible to someone sitting or standing.

2. Use a downlight warm LED bulb 2700K

3. Add an Accent Ring Accessory (below) that shields the visible illumination from the bulb. The added color accent is a bonus that can warm or cool the clear glass fixture. It is also removable or interchangeable

4. Place the fixture on a dimmer. Make sure the bulb is dimming

5. Mount the fixture at the right trim height.

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