Low Voltage Linear Strips

Written by Beth Hrusch
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Low voltage linear strips are a form of lighting in which the source of the light is invisible to the eye. It is generally used as accent lighting under cabinetry and inside display cases. Because they do not take up space on shelving or on top of counter surfaces, strip lights allow the free arrangement of display items and keep counters clear. They cast a soft, diffused glow into the room while they draw attention to the area.

Low Voltage Linear Strips Create Subtle Drama

Low voltage lighting systems are widely used in modern lighting schemes because they convert higher line-voltage into safer low voltage. A transformer reduces the voltage to less than 30 volts, in some cases as low as 12 volts. This makes the fixtures shock-proof and also conserves energy. Bulbs last longer and burn cooler. This system is ideal for these strip lighting fixtures, which are usually installed near cabinetry and in areas with poor ventilation.

These low voltage linear strips are basically made up or connectors, hardware, transformers and the light strips themselves. The strips are hard wired, then connected to each other in the desired configuration. Mounting clips hold the strip to the surface of the cabinet. All wiring is hidden, so that even if shelves are rearranged the light remains unobtrusive. These lights are designed to be concealed from every angle, so that all that is visible is the glow from each lamp.

Strip lighting is one way to create a dramatic lighting effect in a room. When placed under kitchen cabinets and cupboards or in a display case, they highlight without glare or shadows. Low voltage linear strips are cool in temperature and safe to install, making them a good solution for enclosed spaces. The strip system allow a custom installation that will work for a variety of spaces.

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