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Old 07-19-2015, 01:16 PM
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Was wondering if anyone has any experience with a project I have wanted to do for a while.

I have always wanted to do under cabinet lighting in my kitchen (all existing not a remodel). I would like to use LED strip tape.

I have two problems in planning this out and wanted to know if anyone has an idea, knows a solution or wants to share their wisdom doing something similar.

First problem is that I have two sides of my kitchen which are not connected so I will need two drivers. I am fine with this but I wanted to be able to control the lights from one source. This could be one of those cheap little remotes they sell in the kits or a single button switch. I know they sell the remote but I have been unable to clarify if they all use the same frequency. Anyone know if they make one that will control multiple of strips from the same point?

Second what is the best way to connect the strips from one side of the microwave/range to the other side? I am assuming I will just have to solder wire and run it around the microwave concealed or use the connectors they sell to do the same thing without the soldering? Any other slick ideas?
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Yes they do. change lights, dance with music, wifi. many suppliers one comes to mind BOEMARINE
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The same remote worked for all the cheapo ones I bought on Amazon
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Go to superbrightled dot com.

they have kits plus single parts to modify. I have used their products before and they are very complete kits.
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Sub'd. Thanks for the thread.
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If you want to connect them by soldering,

Get some 20 or 22 gauge wire, two different colors and make a twisted pair of wires.(ex-NTE stranded wire)

Tin the led strips at the contact points and tin the wire ends. The LED contact points typically have a very nice little dome of solder on the contact point when done correctly. Cut the tinned wire ends to ~1/16" of exposed wire. Then place the solder tip on the tinned wire end a few seconds before applying to the tinned led contact point.

Be sure to solder + to + and - to -, if you change the orientation of the LED sections, and don't look at + and - you can easily solder them with reverse polarity. It won't damage the lights, they simply will not work and you will have to redo them. Bench test them after you solder, before installing.

I would not rely solely on the adhesive backing of the LED lights. You can buy a really good double sided tape at HD, etc. or apply the LED lights to strip of Masonite, etc and use hot glue. Then install the Masonite with the lights as an assembly.

Another option is cut a piece of plywood(1/2" sandply works well), so the edge is beveled and paint the plywood black. Then attach the lights to the beveled edge, this allows to light to cast down at an angle towards the backsplash.
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I would not rely solely on the adhesive backing of the LED lights. You can buy a really good double sided tape at HD, etc. or apply the LED lights to strip of Masonite, etc and use hot glue. Then install the Masonite with the lights as an assembly.

Another option is cut a piece of plywood(1/2" sandply works well), so the edge is beveled and paint the plywood black. Then attach the lights to the beveled edge, this allows to light to cast down at an angle towards the backsplash.
This is great advice I had plenty of issues with the tape they gave me on my install job. I ended up using tiny plastic clamps that I screwed to the underside, just measure twice or 3 times to make sure your screws are not too long.

My job was on my boat so I wanted the best LED strips I ended up getting them from aspect LED they sell to Edgewater and some other high end companies.

http://www.aspectled.com/

For your job amazon or the other company listed on the thread would be just fine
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Originally Posted by demolition_x View Post
Was wondering if anyone has any experience with a project I have wanted to do for a while.

I have always wanted to do under cabinet lighting in my kitchen (all existing not a remodel). I would like to use LED strip tape.

I have two problems in planning this out and wanted to know if anyone has an idea, knows a solution or wants to share their wisdom doing something similar.

First problem is that I have two sides of my kitchen which are not connected so I will need two drivers. I am fine with this but I wanted to be able to control the lights from one source. This could be one of those cheap little remotes they sell in the kits or a single button switch. I know they sell the remote but I have been unable to clarify if they all use the same frequency. Anyone know if they make one that will control multiple of strips from the same point?

Second what is the best way to connect the strips from one side of the microwave/range to the other side? I am assuming I will just have to solder wire and run it around the microwave concealed or use the connectors they sell to do the same thing without the soldering? Any other slick ideas?
Have two sets in the garage and need two remotes. Both remotes look and operate exactly the same but don't work both strips. I don't know if the light on the remote is an indication of the frequency but one lights red and the other is blue
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I do this alot on my kitchen projects. First, get the correct color temperature LEDS for your installation..warm (reddish) to cool (bluish). Second, there are mechanical connectors for the tape with pigtails to wire to. Soldering to the strips is a bitch.

Remember, they are diodes, so polarity is important or they won't work.
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My house just went through a lightening strike a month ago. I had some older under cabinet lights. When power was restored one of the transformers in the light started smoking like hell before it was disconnected. Something to think about when mounting. I assume this has a AC 110 to DC something transformer.
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I purchased my strips through amazon. I have the SMD5050 size. For controlling I purchased Insteon 6 button Dimmer Switch and a Insteon Lamplinc (you would need two Lamplincs). This switch allows me to control my cabinet lights at the same location as my other switches for the kitchen.
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