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Oct 11, 2017
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LED undercabinet new options

Under cabinet lighting is a relatively inexpensive and surprisingly effective method of enhancing the look and feel of your kitchen. Not only is it aesthetically pleasing, but it also serves a functional purpose by creating more light on work tops which are otherwise left in shadow. To get the best possible results for minimal effort, why not try using self-adhesive LED Strip Lights?

To install strip lights you will need to measure the length of your cabinets and ensure there is a suitable mains power supply close by. When taking measurements, always bear in mind that strip lights can only be cut at 2.5, 5 or 10 cm intervals, so round up or down where necessary.

LED Strips can be powered from a standard mains outlet or they can be wired into an existing lighting circuit. The question you need to ask yourself is whether you want your strip lights to come on at the same time as your main kitchen lights or if you want to be able to control them independently.

As LED Strips have a self-adhesive backing you won’t need to purchase any additional mounts or attachments, but if you are installing them near any sinks, kettles or other potential sources of condensation, it is worth investing in at least an IP65 rated coating to prevent against short-circuits.

As a rule-of-thumb, cool white LED Strip Lights are the best single colour strips to use in this application as the light is clear and bright.

Don’t forget to explore the possibilities of a dimmer switch as this will allow you to vary the brightness of your strips. For dimmability you will need either a dimmable driver or a 12V dimmer switch which installs between the driver and the strip lights.

In most kitchens you will find that the cabinets are not connected in one continuous run, but are instead separated by gaps. This can present a problem if you want to install LED Strips on all your cabinets, but only have one power point available. This can be overcome by connecting your strips in series or parallel using 12V cable.

In the former case you will simply bridge the gap between each cabinet with a length of cable, in the latter case each strip is run back to the power supply separately. If possible we always recommend connecting in parallel as this minimizes the likelihood of voltage drop.

So to recap:

– Take Measurements,

– Make sure there is a power point available,

– Choose an IP65 rated coating if necessary,

– Choose a colour temperature to match the decor,

– Pay attention to the spacing of your cabinets and work out how you will connect your strip lights back to your power point.

Of course it isn’t just the underside of your kitchen cabinets that can benefit from LED Strip Lights. They can also be installed along the top side facing towards the ceiling and along the kickboards.

Peter Jenny is an experienced writer with a Masters Degree in Operations Management. Peter has a wealth of experience in the lighting industry and is keen to share his knowledge about upcoming products and new discussions around LED lighting. He is currently working as a Content Manager at Wholesale LED Lights, UK.

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/expert/Peter_Jenny/1221644

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Aug 31, 2017
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New cabinet door style for 2017!

Kinsdale

Kinsdale Maple Truffle kitchen

As versatile as it is stylish, the Kinsdale™ collection features a recessed panel embellished with a beaded frame to create an ideal contrast.

Kinsdale doors are mitered and full overlay in a recessed-panel style. Matching five-piece mitered drawer front. Available in cherry, maple, and painted finishes.

Kinsdale Door Styles

Available Finishes

Click each finish below to view the large door.

Maple

Maple NaturalMaple HoneyMaple Coffee GlazeMaple SpiceMaple Mocha GlazeMaple CognacMaple Auburn GlazeMaple TruffleMaple Espresso

Painted**

Painted LinenPainted SilkPainted Hazelnut GlazePainted CashmerePainted Stone

Cherry

Cherry SpiceCherry BordeauxCherry Java

Features

  • Veneer Doors
  • 21″ Deep Drawers*
  • Side-Mounted Glides
  • Adjustable Hidden Hinges®
  • 3/4″ Thick Wall & Base Shelving

Customizing Options

  • Full-Access Dovetail Hardwood Drawers
  • CushionClose®
  • Reduced/Increased Depths
  • Glass Front Doors & Matching Interiors
  • Plywood Ends
  • Inverted Frames

*Excluding vanity and 21″ deep desk cabinetry
**Painted doors feature engineered wood center panels for a superior finish.
Decorative hardware is required and must be ordered separately.
Accuracy of door color may vary with settings on your computer monitor.

Aug 17, 2017
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Proper Kitchen Cabinet Maintenance

For many people, cabinets represent an important aspect of everyday life; it is where the we stow away the various foods, plates, ingredients etc…etc… for a later time. They also contribute to keeping your rooms clean, tidy, and organized. Some people even go as far as placing some of their most priced possessions in their cabinetry. Seeing as how cabinets play such a major role in our lives, it is imperative to properly maintain and take care of them, and here’s how.
Before we begin, there is one thing that needs to be cleared up: there is no way to make anything last forever. As your cabinetry ages, it will fall victim to the many hazards of life, and slowly degrade. However, should the proper care be provided, your cabinets will inevitably last surprisingly long.
The first step to take would be to dust your cabinetry on a regular basis, preferably with some type of citrus-based product if your cabinets are made of wood. This will not only eliminate one of furniture’s worst deterrents, it will also provide it with a glamorous, crystal-clean look. If you have metal cabinets, then you should polish them regularly, as well as keep water away from them to prevent them from rusting, which would make them obsolete in no time.

From time to time, you should run regular checks on all the parts of the cabinet, such as the hinges, the knobs, the handles, seeing as how they might need to be replaced every three to four years.
If you’re an owner of plastic cabinets, first of all remember that they’re the least resilient, and are expected to last no more than six to seven years. It is recommended that you clean those cabinets very often as well as refrain from storing heavy objects in them.
In essence, remember that by properly taking care of your cabinetry, you’ll end up expanding it’s life expectancy by a wide margin, which will also save you money in the process, since you won’t have to replace your cabinetry as often.

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