Sunday, August 28, 2011

Dimmable LED Under Cabinet Lighting, How To Install

Dimmable LED Under Cabinet Lighting, How To Install Dimmer Switch?

As with many nascent technology, there are plenty of myths about LED lights too. For instance, internet is still brimming with videos and quotes that LED lights are less energy efficient than fluorescent lights. This kind of misinformation is possibly due to LED technology so rapidly becoming mainstream that just a few years old information is completely obsolete today.

Dimmable LED under cabinet lighting - is there such a thing?

Another myth is that LED lights can not be dimmed. This is false as well. The fact is that, indeed, LED lights are dimmable, just not with exactly the same dimming mechanism or dimmer that is used to dim regular incandescent lights. In more technical terms, dimming of LED lights is accomplished through dimmers that regulate current while keeping the voltage applied to the LED lights about the same.

So, the same dimmer as is used for regular incandescent lights such as Xenon or halogen lights may not work properly. However, when you buy dimmable LED under cabinet lighting, that dimming mechanism will work swimmingly. You will also find dimmers and dimmer switches that work both with LED and CFL, compact fluorescent, lights. In addition, as you will see below, some LED under cabinet fixtures and under cabinet task lighting will work with any incandescent dimmer too.

Selection of dimmable LED under cabinet kitchen lights

  • Dimmable under cabinet LED lights that include a special LED dimmer

  • Dimmable under cabinet LED lights that will work with an existing incandescent (Xenon, Halogen) dimmer

  • Under cabinet dimmable LED under cabinet task lights that use low voltage electronic dimmer

  • Dimmable under cabinet LED puck lights

Selection of dimmer switches for LED lights

Dimmer switches for LED lights often will work for CFL and incandescent lights as well and some of the switches include a slider to modify its characteristics appropriately to the lights being dimmed. Here is the selection of such dimmers:

Dimmers that will dim incandescent, CFL and LED lights through their C-L technology. Easily adjustable for the exact type of light.

Simple and inexpensive dimmer that will dim LED lights only.

These are the main types of dimmable LED under cabinet lights and dimmer switches. For questions like "How to install dimer switch wires" it is best to visit the individual links provided below, and read the selected individual product descriptions. That way you will know exactly what type of dimmer lights or dimmer switches will suit you best.

For more information on models of dimmable LED lights and LED light switches, as well as for manufacturers and places to find dimmable LED lights and switches online, see site For a special type of puck dimmable LED lights, go to