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14-12-2019, 17:45   #1
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old tube bulb to led strip lighting under Kitchen Cabinets?

Hi all - I'm slowly moving to smart bulbs & plugs - currently only have Alexa controlled TP-Link plugs and 1 TP-link bulb and KASA app. Working great for the Christmas tree lights and icicle lights this year.

We have the old style under cabinet kitchen lighting installed in the kitchen which includes 3 tube bulbs and 3 downlighters on the one circuit/switch (hidden wiring behind walls) etc.

I'm no electrician - but I was wondering would the following work.

1) Can I use the existing switch and electrical wiring?
2) replace the 3 tube bulb units with 3 led lighting strips (and maybe a wifi switch). Is it possible to use the existing wiring and then use led connectors to 'join' with existing electrical wiring?
3) What options do I have for the 3 downlighters in the cabinet pelmet on this circuit - the led strip lighting wouldn't work there.
4) Also is it possible to include a motion detector unit to turn on led strips somewhere in this setup?

Sorry for all the probably 'dumb' questions - but I'd like to work on 'smartening' up my home - and the kitchen cabinets are where I'd like to start.

After that I want to move to the multitude of downlighters we have in porch (2), hall (5), the sitting room (4), Living room (4), general kitchen ceiling (9) and even the bedroom (6) - why we installed so many downlighters I'll never know. What're people's ideas to replace these and to be able to turn off / on remotely through an app and control with Alexa.

Appreciate all feedback

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Led strips typically run at 12v, need a transformer to step down from 220v. They're probably too big to hide under the counter, so would need to be suitably located. Possibly can source mains voltage enclosures with led strips and transformer inbuilt, like a straight replacement for the units you have.
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Led strips typically run at 12v, need a transformer to step down from 220v. They're probably too big to hide under the counter, so would need to be suitably located. Possibly can source mains voltage enclosures with led strips and transformer inbuilt, like a straight replacement for the units you have.
A lot of kitchens have a space or gap behind the units and are easy to drop wires behind, so your transformer could go above the pelmet and run the 12v down to your led lights.
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Hi All - thanks for the replies to date

after two more tube bulbs have blown over Christmas - I've reached the point where I'm going to replace my current under kitchen cabinet lighting with smart led lighting.

I want to use existing wiring as it's behind cabinets and tiles with main switch in the tiling under a cabinet. I understand I'll need to install a transformer to bring down from 240 volt to 12 volt - I plan to house that under the cabinet as it wont be seen because of the pelmet.

In the currently installed configuration, I have 1 x 20 cm and 2 by 45cm tube bulbs which keep blowing and cost a fortune to replace and 3 g10 downlighters. I'm wondering would the led strip be bright enough?


Could someone recommend a wifi smart led strip - I've been looking at ones from TP link and Lohus. I have tp link smart plugs set up already and recently got some lohus G10 wifi downlighters which work in my porch.

any recommendations would be much appreciated

thanks

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Hi All - thanks for the replies to date

after two more tube bulbs have blown over Christmas - I've reached the point where I'm going to replace my current under kitchen cabinet lighting with smart led lighting.

I want to use existing wiring as it's behind cabinets and tiles with main switch in the tiling under a cabinet. I understand I'll need to install a transformer to bring down from 240 volt to 12 volt - I plan to house that under the cabinet as it wont be seen because of the pelmet.

In the currently installed configuration, I have 1 x 20 cm and 2 by 45cm tube bulbs which keep blowing and cost a fortune to replace and 3 g10 downlighters. I'm wondering would the led strip be bright enough?


Could someone recommend a wifi smart led strip - I've been looking at ones from TP link and Lohus. I have tp link smart plugs set up already and recently got some lohus G10 wifi downlighters which work in my porch.

any recommendations would be much appreciated

thanks

DFS
You can get LED tubes that’ll slot into the existing fitting.
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