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Installing your LED under cabinet lighting (UCA series) – Part 2

Posted by Tanya Barr on May 5, 2016 9:23:29 AM

In our last post, we talked about the functionality of the accessories for our LED under cabinet lights - UCA LED series.  In this post we will discuss the various assemblies in the plug in option.  The plug in method can be an ideal solution to incorporate under cabinet lighting in your kitchen given its cost effectiveness and easy installation when compared to the hard wire option.  With the exception of the one exposed cord that connects to the power outlet, the other wires can be easily tucked away under the cabinet.

Plug in assembly

The UCA unit comes as a package with the fixture, a direct connector, a cable connector and 2 screws.   You will also need a plug in power supply (6W, 24W or 48W) that can be plugged into a standard NEMA 5-15 wall outlet. UCA fixtures are available in a 4 lengths (8.9”, 11.8”, 19.7” and 39.3”), all of which can be connected in series one after another using either the direct or cable connector. As discussed in part 1, each run must not exceed a maximum of 32W. In a scenario where it does exceed 32W, we recommend the use of the receptacle 4 / 8 outlet splitters to distribute the power supply into multiple runs.

Based on your preferred choice of controls, you can choose any single accessory i.e. the motion sensor, the switch connector or the touch dimmer as shown in the diagram:


UCA Simple Plug-in Assembly

In this diagram, the power supply is connected to an occupancy sensor OR a switch connector OR a touch dimmer which then connects to a 20” UCA fixture. The UCA fixture connects to a direct connector or a cable connector which connects to a 12” UCA fixture. That completes the run.

The key functions of the accessories have been summarized below:

  • Switch connector: As mentioned in the part one of this blog series, the switch connector uses a small button to allow for ease in turning on or off the light.
  • Touch dimmer: The touch dimmer allows you to adjust light levels with a range from completely dimmed to full brightness.
  • Motion sensor: The motion sensor or occupancy sensor detects motion in the room and switches on the light accordingly. Depending on the setting chosen and no motion being detected, the light will then switch off.

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Topics: Under cabinet lighting, Assembly