Throughout Phantom Lighting’s decades of experience with cabinet lighting, our systems have emerged as the premiere option on the market for display lighting in the finest homes and businesses.
Phantom’s series of cabinet lighting systems are complex, but certainly not impossible to understand. In this article, we will explain the function of each component of our cabinet lighting systems.
To the right is a line drawing of our Elite/Ultra Adjustable Concealed (AC) Series cabinet lighting with some of the important features highlighted.
Lamps: Phantom’s cabinet lighting series is available with several different lamps styles. The classic series is made up of individual festoon lamps, which may be powered by Xenon or LED technology. Our Elite and Ultra series are made with LED light tape that is available in a range of wattages and color temperatures.
Aiming trims: Aiming trims conceal the fixtures from view and only allow them to emit into predetermined angles, keeping the illumination from going where it shouldn’t by shielding the light. This helps control the flow of light from the display and ensures proper metering. In terms of shielded trims, trim 3 is our best-selling option.
Lensed Trims: For applications where it is necessary to diffuse reflections from certain surfaces, like bookshelves with reflective backing or those with lots of framed photos, lensed trims are very helpful in concealing the individual festoon lamps or LED diodes in the tape. In terms of lensed trims, trim 9 is our best-selling option.
Dimmer controls: The ability for a customer to control the output level of the light in a display allows for a much more comprehensive viewing experience. Light levels can be lowered to create a more dramatic mood or raised to enhance the details of the display.
Color temperature: Choosing the right color temperature is very important when designing a display because color temperatures help set the tone of the overall design. A warmer light evokes a more cozy and inviting feel, while cooler lights feel more modern and industrial. A complementary color temperature only enhances the beauty of any objects on display. For more artistic applications, our LED tape is also available in several monochromatic color options, like blue, green, or red.
Glare shields: Depending on the material of a display cabinet or shelving system, especially the glossy appearance of many antique woods, the individual festoons in the classic series or the diodes in the Elite/Ultra series can be reflected on the back surface of each shelf, creating unsightly hotspots. Glare shields scatter and soften the illumination so that it is evenly dispersed throughout the display and eliminates the possible of hotspots or distracting shadows.
Buss bars: Concealed buss bars are a Phantom exclusive – our heavy duty steel buss bars are concealed during construction by the contractor and engineered to perfectly align with 8 x 32 threaded holes drilled 32mm on center. This system totally hides all the wiring and allows you to use the drilled pin method of shelf support to conduct safe low voltage power to each individual light strip.
Top header kit: The top header kit is used to transition from the concealed buss bar to a wire lead. This provides a means to power the fixed light strip which is attached to the top of the cabinet.
Connector kits: Brass connector kits are a Phantom exclusive – they are designed for our adjustable shelf lighting systems to support the individual shelves and provide a hidden contact point to energize safe low voltage power from the concealed buss bar.
Magnetic drivers: All low voltage LED lighting systems use a driver to transition from 120VAC or 277VAC to 24VDC. They are sized to fit the load (total wattage) and have automatic circuit breakers that turn off in the event of a short circuit and reset when cleared.
No matter what the foundation of a project looks like, Phantom’s lighting systems are the building blocks needed to craft a stunning museum-quality display in any home or office. To get started enhancing your cabinets, please call us toll-free at 800-863-1184 for complimentary design assistance or request a quote using our online form.