What Are The Best Choices Of Adjustable Cabinet Lighting?

For good reasons Phantom’s adjustable cabinet lighting is arguably the best choice on the market. The fixtures provide superior convenience and flexibility to homeowners and installers alike. This added convenience does not affect performance even as Phantom’s fixtures possess an impressive watt to lumen ratio. This ratio indicates the efficiency and power Phantom’s fixtures have, which is one reason they are among the best anywhere. Also, Phantom’s fixtures can easily be rearranged even after installation, affording the homeowner several options in how to present their fixtures.

Phantom’s adjustable cabinet lighting is easy to modify before and after placement. As any electrician or contractor knows, the fixtures have to fit perfectly or they will need to be replaced. Phantom ensures this isn’t a problem by communicating with the installer regarding the desired dimensions of the fixtures. If they don’t fit perfectly into place, the installer can easily adjust the fixture to fit. This design concept is universal among Phantom’s products, helps improve the aesthetics of the installation and ensures that the homeowner is getting enough illumination from his fixtures.

Adjustable fixtures are normally installed in a display cabinet so they must be pleasing to the eye. Phantom’s illumination technology, particularly its LED technology, is robust enough to evoke a range of color temperatures. This includes the warm incandescent tones that people are familiar with to pure white.

Each fixture is powered through brass contact pads attached to buss bars. The buss bars also support each shelf and can be set at varying heights. This allows a homeowner to rearrange their shelves as they see fit. Once secured, the fixture will remain concealed behind a shelf overhang that blocks the lamps from view.

What Are The Advantages Of Adjustable Display Lighting?

Whether it’s a rare collection of books, artwork, sports memorabilia or just family pictures, adjustable display lighting can present it in warm, beautiful illumination. Usually installed in cabinets or elegant shelving, these fixtures are superior to standard illumination devices in a number of ways. Because they are integrated into the furniture, they can brighten up the pieces even when at night and don’t create any harsh lighting. They will draw interest to the cabinet immediately, providing the detail that these precious items deserve.

Most shelf illumination is built with exposed wiring and presents an eyesore. These fixtures cannot be manipulated once installed without the help of a professional electrician. This means that even something as simple as raising or lowering a shelf becomes a huge inconvenience once these fixtures are installed.

Phantom’s adjustable display lighting does not suffer from these unsightly problems. The unique buss bar power distribution allows the shelf supports to be adjusted without interfering with the light fixture wiring method. The buss bars are powered by a transformer, so the contact pads can rest on the shelf supports to conduct electricity to the Phantom light fixture. If the shelf supports need to be manipulated, a professional is not required to rearrange wiring or shelving because all the components are integrated into the shelf and display cabinet.

The Phantom adjustable concealed wiring system is a way to create flexibility for lighting adjustable shelves without a hassle.  The lighting system upholds the integrity of the furniture while illuminating the items on display.

Kitchen Undercabinet Lighting Provides Functional Illumination

Kitchen undercabinet lighting can provide an extra bit of color and function to the room. Modern xenon and LED technology makes this form of illumination a realistic choice for most homes because they are efficient and highly customizable. This is a far cry from just a few decades ago, when incandescent puck and fluorescent fixtures were the norm. Compared to xenon and LED, these fixtures are impractical and ill-suited for this task.

Puck incandescent and fluorescent fixtures are not ideal for kitchen undercabinet lighting because they can be seen from certain angles. Wiring and voltage transformers may also be present, marring their look further. They also direct illumination poorly, so they tend to create a lot of distracting glare. Finally, they are difficult to customize, even with something as simple as a dimmer switch.

Phantom’s LED and xenon fixtures, though, are perfectly suited for this kind of installation. Phantom offers several LED and xenon strip fixtures, most of which can be completely concealed from sight. They direct their radiance away from the person, so they don’t blind people with their brilliance. Instead, they use the reflective surfaced normally found in the kitchen to diffuse illumination throughout the room.

LED and xenon are highly efficient and are safer than incandescent and fluorescent fixtures. Phantom’s LED technology, in particular, is extremely efficient, producing a strong 40 lumens with just 0.6 watts of energy. LED and xenon can produce a range of color tones, from the tried and true warm incandescent hues to pure white. This makes them better at color rendering, a helpful perk to have when preparing food. Phantom also builds every fixture to order, so an electrician or designer will be able to fit them perfectly into their spot.

Adjustable Shelf Lighting

Display cabinets and bookcases can be made much more interesting with a drop of color using adjustable shelf lighting. People with collections to share or works to show off will want to highlight them for others to see. These items are often the focus in the room, but tucked away in a dark alcove will keep them well out of sight. With Phantom’s low profile fixtures, these pieces can be given the attention they deserve.

Phantom produces two adjustable shelf lighting designs, both easy to install and rearrange as the situation permits. The problem with most display cabinet illumination is that they require extensive wiring to deliver power to the fixture. This means that every time the fixtures need to be moved, an electrician will have to rewire the device. This is costly, time consuming, and may cause damage to the furniture. Phantom’s designs are integrated into the fixture using buss bars instead. Buss bars are strips of conductive metal that can channel electricity via a switchboard. The buss bars power the LED, xenon or incandescent festoon lamps directly. The bars are delivered power via brass support clips, and contact pads connected to a transformer placed out of sight.

Phantom’s two designs include an exposed model and a concealed model. Both function the same way and can be rearranged as needed. The only major difference between the two is where the shelf supports are placed. In the exposed design, they are placed outside of the cabinet. The concealed design places them inside the cabinet. Generally, homeowners select either one for their aesthetic qualities, because they are extremely similar otherwise.

Once installed, these fixtures will place a collection of precious belongings front and center. As a collection grows, Phantom’s fixtures will adapt to them.

Cabinet Lighting

There are a few fixtures that can provide a decorative flourish and some needed functionality, and cabinet lighting is among them. This concept has been around for decades, but until recently it has mostly been used to see well. While this is still an important function, many venues are adopting the technology for displays, and to add a warm touch to a kitchen or den. In the ‘60s and ‘70s, these fixtures were harsh, overly bright, and inefficient. In recent years, improvements in the industry have produced energy efficient fixtures that can be set at any color temperature and brightness.

Phantom provides a huge range of cabinet lighting options, from LED ribbons to festoon lamps. They can be installed inside or outside the furniture, providing illumination wherever it’s wanted or needed. In the kitchen, these fixtures can be placed under a wall-mounted cabinet, which will provide illumination in a food preparation area. They can also be placed inside, where they will bathe the room in a soft, warm glow. Not only will this add some interesting color to the area, it will also make it easier to see at night. With a little extra illumination, any room can be made safer and have a better ambiance.

The fixtures offered by Phantom require very little wattage to operate. Usually, this form of illumination is kept on around the clock, so energy efficiency is a must. Otherwise, it will quickly become a power drain. Phantom’s fixtures are energy efficient, and produce an extremely low amount of heat.

Every room requires a custom design and particular set of fixtures to provide the perfect combination of illumination and beauty. A consultant with Phantom can help a person determine which fixtures are right for them.

What’s New in Under Cabinet LED Lighting?

The latest in under cabinet LED lightingWhy have I only now heard about under cabinet led lighting?

Because for a very long time these fixtures had a hard time creating white light that could truly function as a replacement for incandescent sources. If you looked at a countertop lit by LED under the cabinet light fixtures, you could almost immediately tell what they were. Many custom home builders and interior designers avoided using them for this reason. LED was seen new technology with great potential, but not quite ready to take the market. That is, until now.

Is the new under cabinet LED lighting just as good as xenon?

For all intents and purposes, yes. You won’t be able to tell the difference unless you are a trained lighting professional who works with both types of lighting every day. This is because 12 volt under cabinet LED lighting bulbs can now be manufactured that operate at 2800K color temperature—a very white light akin to sunlight. The more white a light is in this sense, the “warmer” its color temperature is said to be. With a warm color temperature lighting source, you can see the greatest level of color and detail in surfaces such as granite and marble.

Why are Phantom under cabinet LED lighting fixtures the best choice for builders to use in custom cabinets?

Aside from the custom nature of the strips themselves, Phantom‘s 2800K LED festoon lamps combines the newest, warmest color temperature available with previous engineering that differentiated our festoon lamps from all competing equivalents. LED bulbs typically emit lower levels of light than incandescent sources. To compensate for this, Phantom developed a lamping techniques that places three bulbs together in a festoon lamp, thus generating a higher lumens output. Now, with this latest evolution in color temperature, you have both the brightness and the “whiteness” that xenon and incandescent have been famous for. For the first time in ever, energy saving led is now poised to eventually replace all other sources of kitchen cabinet lighting.

What are the other benefits of Phantom’s under cabinet festoon lights?

Well, for one thing you don’t have to order new strips to get new lights if you already have Phantom linear strips in place. The 2800K festoon lamps can be retrofitted to both our vertical and horizontal mounting fixtures. They also work on a number of luxury lighting linear strips that use the festoon lamp design.

With incandescent bulbs being eliminated out by 2010 in places like California, developing LED technology to this new level is just in time for today’s custom home builder to offer greater energy savings and superb aesthetic in a problematic housing market. Fully dimmable and ultra-concealable, these linear cabinet lights will add dimension and accent to any home kitchen. Call Phantom now to learn more about 2800K under cabinet led lighting strips and their many applications for builders, architects, designers, and homeowners alike.

Our lighting manufacturing facility is located in Houston, Texas. Feel free to contact us toll free at 800-863-1184 for assistance on strip lighting or fine art lighting projector equipment. A network of nationwide distributorships and sales representatives fans out throughout all 50 states into cities like Scottsdale, Arizona, Seattle, Washington (SEA), Los Angeles, CA, (LAX) Boston, Massachusetts (BOS), Princeton, NJ (EWR), Philadelphia, PA, Dallas, Texas (DWF), Pasadena, California, Chicago, IL (ORD), Baltimore, MD (BWI), and Minneapolis, MN (MSP). We also service clients internationally, with lighting manufacturer sales representatives working out of Canada, Mexico, Central America, and South America.

Kitchen Cabinet Lighting

ls_application8How decorative do kitchen cabinet lights need to be?

Kitchens today are much more than food storage and preparation areas. They are now central gathering places for home entertainment events and are much larger than ever before. Kitchen cabinet lighting has had to evolve over the years to meet and increasing demand for more than base-level requirements to produce optimal visibility and comfort. Custom cabinet lighting must address certain aesthetic concerns as well such as lighting color and brightness, color rendering of illuminated surface and interior design, and glare free light that will not hurt the eyes of homeowners and guests.

Do you recommend puck lights and fluorescent under cabinet lights?

In some situations they are still useful, but their dominance in kitchen cabinet lighting is beginning to significantly wane. Custom home owners are replacing generic countertop materials with ornate granite and marble—two surfaces that are highly reflective. Although most fluorescent undercabinet lights are housed in frosted fixtures that minimize glare, they lack the color rendering capabilities necessary to do justice to an ornate countertop. Puck lights are too intense for most kitchens and throw a great deal of reflected light outward in all directions.

12 volt undercabinet lights, such as those manufactured by Phantom Lighting, are designed to overcome reflected glare with proprietary shielding on the linear light strips themselves and with directional lighting control that aims the light back and away from the eyes of the viewer.

What types of bulbs can you install in kitchen cabinet lights?

Phantom strips can be fitted festoon lamps housing incandescent, xenon, or LED bulb. Xenon will render color at a level nearly equivalent to sunlight. As a low voltage, dimmable cabinet light fixture, it will bring out the subtlest red of granite and the multi-dimensional hues of marble, and until very recently was the most commonly used festoon in custom kitchen cabinet lighting. However, the new 2800K LED festoon lamps has just entered the market with a color rendering capability that is equivalent to xenon—at only a fraction of the cost.

What types of festoons are best for interior shelf lighting?

Incandescent festoons typically make for the best kitchen cabinet lighting installations. This is because they produce a very white light everything within the interior clearly visible. Unlike puck lights, they occupy no cubic space, leaving more room for storage and a more balanced presentation when the cabinet is opened in front of guests. It is also easier to clean the shelves periodically because Phantom low voltage in cabinet lighting require little external wiring and even allow for shelf removal without risk of shock or equipment damage.

Where can I learn more about Phantom cabinet lighting strips?

Call a Phantom Agent for more information on all of these options. We invite you to call toll free 800-863-1184 to request literature online or visit our lighting blog to learn more about Phantom custom low voltage lighting products.

Are your cabinet lights manufactured in the United States of America?

Yes, our lighting manufacturing facility is located in Houston, Texas with professional lighting sales agents located throughout the United States that enable us to service all of Canada, Mexico, Central America, South America and the United States including Washington DC, Nashville Tennessee, Las Vegas Nevada. Portland Oregon, Oklahoma City Oklahoma, Tucson Arizona, Los Angeles California, Atlanta Georgia, Dallas Texas and Sacramento California.

Cabinet Lighting Systems

ls_application15Low voltage festoon cabinet lighting systems are made for a variety of decorative furnishings and custom cabinets using Phantom’s proprietary linear lighting strips. Everything from displays, book shelves, break fronts, antique cases, armoires, and custom kitchen cabinets can be lit with these systems. The low profile design of a Phantom cabinet lighting strip allows it to hide along the interior of any vertical or horizontal surface. Our patented shelf support and buss bar technology replaces visible wires, making it possible to completely conceal the accent strip lights in most instances. It also allows the shelves to be moved without risk of shock or short circuit. This is important when it comes time to decorate or clean shelving surfaces.

Phantom cabinet lights are the only systems that can be literally customized to the pieces they illuminate with minimum cutting or drilling and maximum lighting control. Linear light strips can be fitted with any number of LED, xenon, and incandescent festoon lamping options to create the color temperature most appropriate to the quality and texture of the furnishing itself and any contents on display within its interior.

Display Cabinet Lighting Systems

Phantom xenon lighting strips can be installed in a wide variety of unique positions to create concealed cabinet lighting systems in display cases, armoires, breakfronts, corner cabinets, and free standing book cases. Because every linear lighting strip is custom cut to the dimensions of an interior horizontal or vertical cabinet surface, it is possible for interior decorators to completely conceal our cabinet lighting systems in most antique and reproduction display cases. For breakfronts and display cases that measure 30” or more in height, vertical strip lights can be installed on the interior surface of the vertical styles. In display cases with more horizontal space than vertical space, professionals can install horizontal strip lights along the interior header. Units with shelves can be lit with wireless cabinet lighting systems installed on the top bottom portion of each shelf. The light shines down onto the shelf below, illuminating both the space between the shelves and the contents of the shelves with a gentle, ambient glow.

However, not every cabinet was made with a lighting system in mind. Many antiques were designed to be enjoyed in the daylight only without any thought given interior illumination at night. We see a lot of this with older breakfronts and antique china cabinets that do not have headers or vertical styles on which to mount our cabinet lights. To work around this challenge, we custom build the display cabinet lights to fit the vertical interior surface of the cabinet door. Even though a visitor will see the fixtures if he or she opens the glass doors, the compact, wireless design of our linear strips and are aesthetically superior festoon lamping configuration make for a presentable look even if the strip lights are momentarily exposed.

Kitchen Cabinet Lighting Systems

Phantom builds both xenon under cabinet lighting and incabinet lighting systems for modern kitchens whose function and aesthetic rely heavily on custom cabinetry. Almost every cabinet will be unique to its own respective kitchen, which is why it is so important to use a cabinet lighting system that is custom manufactured to the precise dimensions of the cabinet under surface or interior. With Phantom in cabinet and undercabinet lighting systems, homeowners experience a number of benefits unavailable from incandescent and fluorescent strip lighting.

For one thing, Phantom strips are made with special glare shields and optics that causes the light to shine from the front of the cabinet and down toward the back. Most linear lights shine from the back to the front, causing light to reflect upward from counter tops and appliances and into a person’s eyes. Guests seated at nearby tables may also be blinded by these fluorescent undercabinet fixtures or incandescent cabinet lights because their line of site lies beneath the underside of the cabinet and directly in the pathway of the light.

Simply by replacing traditional custom cabinet lights and reversing the lighting angle of incidence, our cabinet lighting systems transform glare into reflected ambiance, which can contribute to either a warm aesthetic under the cabinet glow or a gentle warm ambiance within the cabinet’s interior.

How can I learn more about your lighting products?

We invite you to call toll free 800-863-1184 to request literature online or visit our lighting blog to learn more about Phantom custom low voltage lighting products.

Our lighting manufacturing facility is located in Houston, Texas with salesmen located throughout the United States that enable us to service all of Canada, Mexico, Central America, South America and the United States including Washington DC, Nashville Tennessee, Reno Nevada. Portland Oregon, Oklahoma City Oklahoma, Tucson Arizona, Los Angeles California, Atlanta Georgia. Austin Texas, Dallas Texas and Palm Springs California.

Wine Cellar Lighting Fixtures

Phantom_wine_cellarWhat fixtures provide the best wine cellar lighting?

Due to both their flexibility and concealment, Phantom linear cove lighting strips make ideal wine cellar lights as both direct and indirect sources of luminance. In closed, very small environments, they perform very well as the primary light source. In larger cellars where people gather together for conversation and wine tasting, they provide excellent accent lighting that emanates from an apparently invisible source.

What is the best way to light a walk in wine cellar that resembles a long closet more than a room?

The best way to light this type of wine cellar is to mount vertical strip lights on either side of the rear interior of the door frame. The light will shine backward and light up the wine racks and bottles displayed along the back wall.

This completely conceals the LED strip lights themselves, and it creates something of a mystical effect because the light seems to come out of the darkness itself and grow stronger as it moves toward the wine.

What is the best way to light a larger wine cellar designed for small gatherings?

That really depends upon the architecture and the style of your wine racks and cabinets. Because of the customized manufacture of Phantom low voltage lighting strips, the possibilities for wine cellar lighting with Phantom custom lighting strips are as many and varied as wine cellars themselves. Xenon linear lighting strips are often mounted along the tops of cabinets to shine light up the wall and onto the ceiling. They can also be used for silhouette lighting by installing them at that back of wine racks, or showcase lighting within the racks to emphasize the wine label.

What type of lamps should we use for our wine cellar light strips?

Your best option is to go with LED 2800K festoon lamps. These make ideal sources of both direct and indirect wine cellar lighting for a number of reasons. 2800K festoons emanate the warmest possible colour temperature available in LED, making them a viable replacement for incandescent and xenon accent lighting sources. It is very important to use LED lights in any wine cellar if at all possible. LED’s do not emit harmful UV radiation, and they do not produce heat which can interfere with refrigeration. This makes them harmless to even the oldest and most sensitive of wines in your cellar.

The actual light produced by the 2800K LED replacement festoon lamp is indistinguishable from that of previous, more primitive technologies. It is much more energy efficient, and it is perfect for creating an atmosphere of warmth, colour, and comfort.

How many strip light models does Phantom manufacture?

We make six basic strip light models in total—all of which are intended to be customized to the specific horizontal or vertical specifications of the surface to which they are mounted. The best to order light strips is to contact our main office and send us blueprints of your wine cellar (if available), along with a series of photographs that will help us manufacture linear lighting strips specific to the dimensions, floor plan, ceiling height, racks, and cabinetry of your wine cellar.

How can we learn more about Phantom Lighting products?

Call us toll free 800-863-1184 to request a CD Catalog, or contact one of our lighting agents today and come see what magic we have in store for you. You can now view Phantom Lighting products on your hand held device such as a cell phone, blackberry, iPhone or PDA by visiting http://www.phantomlighting.mobi/.

Our lighting manufacturing facility is located in Houston, Texas with salesmen located throughout the United States that enable us to service all of Canada, Mexico, Central America, South America and the United States including Washington DC, Nashville Tennessee, Reno Nevada. Portland Oregon, Oklahoma City Oklahoma, Tucson Arizona, Los Angeles California, Atlanta Georgia. Austin Texas, Dallas Texas and Palm Springs California.

Phantom Strip Lighting Literature

johnson02-LAs pioneers in the lighting manufacturing equipment industry for over 30 years, the engineering team at Phantom Lighting has developed and patented a number of unique lighting fixtures that are changing the face of specialty lighting. These fixtures allow design professionals, building contractors, commercial interior designers, and homeowners to bring unequaled beauty to their work with maximum flexibility.

At the core of our product offering is the Phantom Linear Lighting System. This “state of the art” linear lighting strip features wireless conductivity and low profile positioning that makes it all but invisible to the naked eye. Phantom’s proprietary custom manufacturing process allows the linear lighting strip to be mounted on any vertical, horizontal, or curved radius surface. With lamping options ranging from incandescent and xenon to the new, revolutionary 2800K LED festoon, the Phantom Linear Strip continues to evolve and lead the way in low-voltage shelf, display, and cove lighting.

A second line of products, the Phantom Contour Projector, allows private and commercial art collectors, galleries, and interior designers to create spectacular lighting phenomenon. This UV-free, low-profile, and truly multidimensional art projector has gained world renowned for its “lighted from within” effect. Art lovers consistently turn to Phantom when they need a lighting manufacturer that can both showcase their prized possessions and protect the physical well being of their collection.

When making the Contour Projector or any one of the Phantom strip lights, the core belief at Phantom is that lighting should bring graceful elegance to a room. We think the focus should be on the room’s beauty, not the lights. All of our products are professional lighting products designed with one goal—we want you to:

“See the Light… Not the Fixture.”

How can I learn more about your lighting products?

Call a Phantom Agent for more information on all of these options. We invite you to call toll free 800-863-1184 to request literature online or visit our mobile website or lighting blog to learn more about Phantom custom low voltage lighting products.

Are your lighting strips made in the USA?

Yes, our lighting manufacturing facility is located in Houston, Texas with professional lighting sales agents located throughout the United States that enable us to service all of Canada, Mexico, Central America, South America and the United States including Washington DC, Nashville Tennessee, Las Vegas Nevada. Portland Oregon, Oklahoma City Oklahoma, Tucson Arizona, Orange County California, Atlanta Georgia, Austin Texas and Palm Springs California.