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Installing your LED under cabinet lighting (UCA series) – Part 3

Posted by Tanya Barr on Jun 6, 2016 4:53:19 PM

Wrapping up our three-part blog series on the installation of LED under cabinet lights, we will highlight the assembly options for the hardwired version of the UCA series. Choosing the hardwire power supply for your install allows a seamless appearance where wires are concealed, and the lights are conveniently powered through the wall switch.  The hardwired assembly does require a qualified, licensed electrician to carry out the installation and is more complex compared to the plugin assembly option.


Selecting hardwired power supplies

As discussed in our previous blog posts on accessories & installation using the UCA plug in option, the UCA unit is delivered as a package including the fixture, which is available in varying interconnecting lengths of 9”, 12”, 20” and 40”, a direct connector, a cable connector, and 2 screws.  Hardwired power supplies are currently available in a variety of wattages for you to choose from:   

  • 25W - Non dimmable
  • 40W - Dimmable
  • 60W - Dimmable
  • 96W - Dimmable
  • 150W - Dimmable

When choosing the power supply for your installation, add the total wattage of individual components in your run, add a buffer of 10% to calculate the maximum wattage required.  As mentioned in part 2 of this series, you have the ability to split the load from one power supply in up to 8 directions by using either the 4 or 8 receptacle outlet splitter.  The maximum wattage on each individual run is 32 watts.

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When choosing the dimmable power supply, you have the option of using a standard triac, magnetic, or electronic dimmer to control the brightness conveniently from your wall switch. The non-dimmable power supply requires a touch dimmer accessory for dimming. This cost effective option makes it ideal for smaller installations.

Hardwired assembly options

  • Touch Dimmer:  The touch dimmer allows you to adjust light levels of under cabinet lighting to your desired brightness. This accessory is ideal for use with a non-dimmable power supply where you’re not able to adjust the lights from the wall switch. It is the most cost effective option to controlling the dimming functionality in your space.


  • Motion Sensor: Our motion sensor, or occupancy sensor, detects movement in the room and intelligently responds by switching on the light. If the sensor detects no movement (depending on the setting chosen), the light will then respond by turning off.  In order for the light sensor to operate, the light switch must be in the ‘ON’ position.


  • DC Junction Box Connector:  Looking for a seamless and safe install?  Consider using the DC junction box connector accessory which allows you to run bell wire (Wire LVT 18/2) behind the drywall giving you that clean and polished look.


The UCA series is a sleek, multi-purpose fixture that can be used in a variety of residential and commercial environments such as kitchens, coolers, work and office spaces.  Its ultra slim profile, pivoting functionality, high lumen output, and wide range of accessories, allow you to create your desired light levels in multiple scenarios.

This concludes up our three-part blog series on the installation of our UCA lighting fixture.  We hope you found it informative and useful.  Should you have questions or require additional information, please contact us at any time.


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Topics: Under cabinet lighting, Installation