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Under cabinet LED

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Wondering what everyone uses for undercabinet LED here. I've used LED strips on a few occasions but I don't want to try and DIY something that's going to be too bright or otherwise wrong.

I've bought from SBLED before and they offer this:

https://www.superbrightleds.com/m...b/Overview

I would certainly hardwire it to a switch, eventually. This style of LED is attractive since I could "tape" it on the back side of the front face/lip of the cabinets.

Is there any real use for color changeability?

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Wondering what everyone uses for undercabinet LED here. I've used LED strips on a few occasions but I don't want to try and DIY something that's going to be too bright or otherwise wrong.

I've bought from SBLED before and they offer this:

https://www.superbrightleds.com/m...b/Overview

I would certainly hardwire it to a switch, eventually. This style of LED is attractive since I could "tape" it on the back side of the front face/lip of the cabinets.

Is there any real use for color changeability?
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The LED kit I linked seems expensive IMHO, but it is as pretty as PNP as you can get. I need to measure the footage I need. I'm really thinking its use will be more for ambient lighting or nightlight, so having the ability to dim would be useful.
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That kit looks really expensive. I used something similar to that I got on amazon for way less and installed myself. It's a little DIY but works well. I wish it had a better neutral white then it does.
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Led strips come in different varieties:
white in different tones
rgb, can make any color but don't always make the best whites
rgbw, rgb + white leds easier to make shades of white. Some alternate rgb and white leds others are wider and have two rows one color one white which can be more uniform.
addressable, they're more but you can also get strips where you can set the color of every bulb for some different effects.

Being able to adjust the color can be nice but may not be something you care about. You can dim if needed using PWM.
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They also make metal channels you can mount the strips in that have a piece of plastic to diffuse the light. This can be a nicer look especially with reflective counters or backslash.
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That kit looks really expensive. I used something similar to that I got on amazon for way less and installed myself. It's a little DIY but works well. I wish it had a better neutral white then it does.

I thought that too. I bought an LED strip kit of sorts (cuttable strip LED, connectors, PS, etc) to light up my gun safe, and this looks very similar to that with the added fanciness of the remote, which I'd probably never use.

That said I am not an electrician so I don't really know what I need for what I need it for. Ideally, X footage of LED strip, then whatever else I need to connect it together (duh) and dim if necessary. Having detents rather than a gradient for the dimming would probably be best as I don't want to fark with a remote all the time.
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can get it direct from china for cheaper if you don't mind waiting 3 weeks.
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can get it direct from china for cheaper if you don't mind waiting 3 weeks.
Had to drop the project for a couple weeks.... life and whatever.

Anyway, I've bought from SuperBrightLED before but man they seem very expensive. Even if I "DIY" a kit, it's still going to cost $100+ just for ~ 16 ft of LED and a PS.

On Amazon it seems I can get the same footage of LED for like $10 laugh out loud and of course the PSU is generic (I just bought a 12VDC 30A PSU (~360W) for $25 for work from Amazon, so the 100W ones that SBL sells are way overpriced at 100W only).

HOWEVER I don't want to cheapen out just to have to replace components in the future. That, and I need to have easy connectability. I've tried soldering the ends of the LED strips before but it's very difficult to get a good bond without nuking the plastic strip, so the snap on connectors are a good option but the con to the Amazon LED's is that I can't be sure any given connector will fit an LED strip as there doesn't seem to be a standard. At least with SBL they will indicate if an LED strip takes a certain connector (e.g. LC2 seems common).

So it seems I am looking for about 15 ft (min) of ~ 300-350 lm/ft LED at about 3000L or so ("warm white"). SBL suggested a 100W PSU. I don't think I'll want dimming, or disco lights.
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I installed some of those box led from HD for a lady in Florida.
WAY to bright for my taste. Just a FYI
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