As we have previously noted in other articles pertaining to the subject, both cabinet and under cabinet lighting require an emphasis on task and function with sensitivity to aesthetic and design. Contractors often run into the dilemma of having to accommodate both demands for clients on a tight budget. Optimal aesthetics may require leaving the lights on for longer periods of time – thus running up electric bills. Certain commercial environments such as company break rooms may need the lights left on throughout the day – thus tempting owners to use cheap fixtures to meet needs better met by custom low voltage cabinet lighting fixtures with transformers.
Contractors may feel pressured in these circumstances to cave in to popular demand for generic fluorescent, rope lighting or low voltage puck lights. This is seldom the best solution, and it does not work well for building repeat business.
Phantom can help contractors win more bids by custom building low voltage under cabinet lighting strips to exact client specification. These display cabinet lighting strips combine optimal lumens output with maximum energy savings. Our smaller magnetic transformers also make for easy installation and concealment, and they offer a significant added value to LED accent lighting we will examine in a moment. Through a partnership with Phantom Lighting, you can pass on direct savings to your clients. and you can also accommodate them with user friendliness and a wide variety of lamping and color temperature options that can make low voltage under cabinet light installations a source of premier illumination at only a fraction of standard lighting costs.
12V Incandescent Festoons
Successfully servicing commercial clients always requires close attention to the bottom line. Many companies will specifically request that contractors install fluorescent under cabinet lights in break rooms and work areas because they believe this offers them the most cost-competitive option. You may want to point out to these clients that low voltage linear lighting fitted with incandescent festoons produce equivalent levels of light that are more amenable to human eyes. Upgrading the break room for employee comfort offers both a more relaxed atmosphere and an opportunity for employees to save money themselves by dining in rather than eating out. This also helps reduce employee tardiness by encouraging them to remain in the building during lunch hour.
Incandescent festoons fitted to low voltage under cabinet lights will also make residential kitchens look exceptionally well lit and more comfortable. The key to winning bids on under cabinet low voltage kitchen lighting is to propose a design that minimizes reflective glare. Fluorescents throw light forward, so your clients will probably not want to deal with forward light and reflected light combined. If they raise concerns about cost, point out the power saving benefits of a low voltage puck or low voltage and under cabinet Phantom strip.
Puck lights work best when there are no reflective metal surfaces directly under the cabinet. Phantom low voltage lamps actually point back toward the wall and direct light away from any highly reflective, large appliance positioned directly beneath them. They also come with dimmer switches that allow the end-user direct control over lighting intensity. Often, you can reduce a great deal of glare simply by lower lighting levels. However, no matter what anyone does, a certain amount of glare is unavoidable, so a final selling point you can mention about 12V home LED lighting strips is their smaller size and ease of concealment. Pucks are clearly visible from a number of angles of incident, whereas Phantom lights are almost impossible to spot unless someone is looking for them.
12V Xenon Festoons
For residential and commercial clients using any type of high-end, custom countertop such as granite or marble, consider recommending xenon low voltage lamps fitted to Phantom under cabinet lighting strips. Xenon’s ambient, golden aura has proven ideal for bringing out the richness of depth these exclusive materials are known for. Xenon is a warmer temperature that works best with warmer designs. It is rapidly gaining popularity in commercial arenas such as hotels and office buildings, where xenon linear strips can add a special ambience to curio cabinets, bookshelf, and collectible displays in front foyers and lobbies.
12V LED Festoons
Phantom also recommends that you mention the benefits of LED energy saving under cabinet lighting to any client you encounter who immediately expresses concerns over power costs. LED bulbs on any lighting system will require only 20% the electricity required by incandescent and xenon bulbs. When you subsequently install LED replacement festoons on a low voltage, 12v under cabinet light fixture, the power savings are further multiplied to the client’s maximum advantage. Using Phantom strips also eliminates additional equipment costs, because our smaller magnetic transformers are engineered to operate on an AC network and do not require DC power inverters to operate.
Any aesthetic considerations that come up can be addressed with two additional benefits our exclusive lamping design offers. Our lamps output 50 lumens of light per unit—the highest output of any LED festoon light bulbs on the market. We also can fit low voltage under cabinet lights with your client’s choice of five colour temperatures which range from white, functional light to specialty, colored lighting for decorative displays and showcases.
Phantom Lighting supports its contract partners through a vast Agent Network that spans the United States, Central, and South America. Our Agents specialize in helping design firms and contractors in selecting the right fixtures, voltage, and lamping options for their clients’ needs.
To see what we can do specifically for your target market in the realm of custom low voltage display and under cabinet custom lighting solutions. Give customer service a call today at 800-863-1184 to see how we can assist you with any fine art lighting or strip lighting application.