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Counters Too Dark? Try Led Puck Lights

By Edited Jan 10, 2014 1 0

When it comes to interior design, modern styles are some of the most popular. These styles typically indulge in stainless steel accents with Bright, multi-color patterns and designs are generally kept at a minimum. Still there are even subtler ways to incorporate modern design into your home, and that is through lighting. If you go with a more modern look when redesigning lighting features in your home, know that you have subtle options in addition to the more obvious hanging and standing lamps.

LED Puck Lights
One such option is the LED puck light. These are small, circular lights that typically go under overhanging ceilings, ledges or beneath kitchen cupboards. Some people also install them in bookshelves. The term “puck light” comes from, well, its similarity in size and shape to a hockey puck. Although puck lights originally used to be made with halogen bulbs, these lights often had to be replaced much more often than other household lights. Because the halogen bulbs would burn out early due to the oils in your hands so they are now made with LED or Xenon bulbs. These lights are typically sold as 12v LED puck lights, although some brands, like American Lighting, offer them in a higher voltage range.

LED Puck Lights Under Cabinet
So, what’s so great about these lights? LED puck lights come with a variety of benefits. For instance, they are usually very durable because of the materials used in their design (steel is often used to frame the light bulbs, although in cheaper models a hard, durable plastic may be used as well). They are very bright and provide a lot of light for the space they are in, yet at the same time LED puck lights manage to not give off a lot of heat. Along those lines, they also save energy (many puck lights use only around 3.75 watts) and the LED bulbs have a long lifespan of around 60,000 or even 100,000 hours.

AmerTec LED Slimline Puck Under Cabinet Lighting
Furthermore, the installation of puck lights is pretty simple, and having professional help is not necessary for most people. Because of their thin width and flush (flat) back, you can install LED puck lights as either recessed or mounted on a surface, although no matter what they should be installed in the center of the surface for the best effect. A centered puck light will cast the most light on the task area below, so this is important.

Be aware, however, that if there is no hollow or recess to hide the wires from the puck light, the wires will either be left exposed on the underside of the cabinet (or whichever surface you are installing them on), or they will have to run inside the cabinets. Fortunately, if attached securely, these wires will only be visible if someone bends over and looks up at them.

Otherwise, the wires will be all but invisible while you are standing. If you are completely against having wires out in the open of any kind, seek professional installation help. Ask experts at home improvement or lighting stores how they would recommend installing LED puck lights in the most attractive way possible.

Maxim Lighting CounterMax Puck LED Under
When it comes to wiring, puck lights can plug into each other, with up to 10 of them on one strip. Because they are usually installed in groups, LED puck lights are conveniently sold in groups of two or three. Some stores may sell them in great quantities. Home Depot LED puck lights, for example, are provided in packs of up to six.

Once put in place, puck lights are then either wired into a light switch, or, for the less advanced, the strip of lights can simply be plugged into a nearby outlet. Although some people have been known to confuse certain visible puck lights with button lights (the kind you press to turn on), know that almost all of them turn on via light switch.

LED cabinet lights are some of the most commonly found puck lights. These are installed on the underside of hanging or wall mounted kitchen cabinets, casting light on the counters beneath them, or, they can be installed inside cabinets underneath each shelf. Therefore, light is where it is needed, but the lights themselves are subtle and somewhat hidden from view.

You can view examples of these lights online, or you can head to home improvement stores for physical examples. Lowes, for example, sometimes has kitchen displays set up on its floor that incorporate LED puck lights into the design. Like other lighting and home improvement stores, Lowes LED puck lights are also sold in packaged sets.

When it comes to actual function, there are different kinds of LED puck lights. For instance, dimmable LED puck lights allow people to experience a variety of brightness levels. These varying luminosities help to create different moods and ambiences, and so your home will have more options if you go with these kinds of lights. If you don’t purchase a light package that includes dimming technology, you can add it on. For example, WAC lighting sells a dimmable puck light driver that its experts recommend for product dimming of puck lights that are not naturally dimmable.

With actual design and appearance, LED puck lights are extremely versatile. For example, they can be purchased with a clear lens to release more light, or a frosted/misted one to help reduce glare. Some models may not even come with a lens. Additionally, puck lights are usually made up of three smaller lights grouped together in one structure, or just a larger, singular light like most lamps.

Some manufacturers, like DALS Lighting, even make puck lights with more than one or three individual LED lights, and DALS offers them with up to nine. The amount of bulbs is more of a style preference than anything else, because the two designs generally give off about the same amount of light, although some argue that the increase in individual LED lights can lead to a longer overall lifespan of the puck light and superior performance.


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