Using Flexible LED Strips in a KitchenFollow article
With my new found understanding of (or obsession with) LED lighting, it was pretty likely that our kitchen refurb would include some. From past experiences of my family changing everything to red tinted bulbs for Halloween, RGB LEDs sounded like a great option.
After gathering some advice we decided to go for flexible RGB LED strips for the under cabinet lighting and accent lighting under the centre island. Important factors included;
- IP rating to cope with potential water splashes
- RGB LEDs for colour changing (with a controller)
- Ability to control individual strips all together
Our previous kitchen used fluorescent tubes. It offered sufficient lighting under the cabinets and, besides changing bulbs fairly regularly, it wasn't really an issue. Here’s the before photo:
The parts we used were from PowerLED (also known as SunPower) who manufacture a range of high quality LED lighting products. We used their LED strips, controllers, power repeater and drivers. Overall I was really impressed with the quality and the final appearance of the PowerLED products. A copy of the original installation plan has been attached at the bottom of the page.
List of Parts from RS Components
- 4 x LED Strips (F10-RGB5050-24-60-IP65 / 773-6927)
- 1 x Lighting Controller (RGBRF-4x5A / 828-1143)
- 1 x Remote Control (RGBRF-RC1 / 828-1140)
- 4 x LED Power Repeater (PRDIM / 786-9014)
- 4 x LED Drivers (PCV2436 / 773-6995)
- 1 x LED Driver (PCV24100 / 797-2457)
Kitchen Supplier & Installation:
The controller enables you to change the colour via a colour wheel. You can also change the brightness:
If you are looking for a way to make your kitchen a bit different, this isdefinitely a great way to go. A lot of people have been surpised when they first walk in as they haven't seen it before. The wide range of colours are great fun and for our everyday lighting we use this light blue, it's a bit more subtle.
Credit to - PowerLED: http://www.powerled.uk.com/
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