Light Strip check-out
February 17, 2013
I have a custom office cabinet setup designed for extra lighting, both under-cabinet and in-cabinet. The line of install is not straight as one cabinet is on at 45 degree angle in a corner. Will I be able to negotiate the 45 degree bends the wire will need to take? Before I spent the anticipated several hundred dollars on the "xenon strips by the foot" and associated pieces for the project, I wanted to take a look at what I *thought* I'd be buying, so I spent $30 for the 24" kit described here.
The results? The kit here and the xenon-by-the-foot are different animals, from different suppliers, in terms of wire characteristics and mounting process. I was suspicious when the kit here arrived with no mounting channel, instead having four screw holes in each socket and bag full of small woodscrews. (I can just see trying to get those screws into the underside of a cabinet for a nice straight install...) So I called and spoke to a Pegasus rep who actually went to their warehouse and pulled the two items and compared them for me - and thus I learned that the wire in this kit is much more flexible than the "xenon by the foot" and the "xenon by the foot" mounting is via snap-in channel instead of multiple screws. So, given that info, I wasn't sure about having the wire flexible enough to handle the 45 degree turns, but the mounting via the channel looked much easier. I have not actually installed this kit anywhere yet, but it lights up as advertised.
So - I figured I'd take my chances with the wire bending characteristics and ordered up 12ft of the xenon by the foot material along with other parts. If you want to continue with this project thread, go to my review of the xenon strip by the foot review area. I have a lot more to say there - it was a long install day - or two.
Pros:Nice workmanship, decent flexibility in the wire for handling bends, included transformer and connector block makes it easy to set up a custom wiring scheme with remote-mounting the transformer is needed.
Cons:Nothing - except it does not represent all the characteristics of the xenon strip by the foot product, which would be easy to assume is the same based on the product descriptions.