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How-To: Installing Glass Cabinet Lighting

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How to Install Flexible LED Strips on the Interior of a Glass Faced Cabinet Under cabinet lighting is not your only option when it comes to adding LEDs to your kitchen. Glass cabinet lighting serves as a great source of accent lighting, helping to make your cabinets pop and your glassware glow. After years of design consultations, our expert Lighting Designers have found the easiest way install glass cabinet lighting is an an upside down “U” position along the front of your cabinet. This ensures an even distribution of light throughout the cabinet, while ensuring the LED light strips stay hidden…

Get This Look Part 4: Ceiling Accent Lighting

LED flexible strips have transformed the lighting world, making it possible to create stunning visual effects which would be extremely difficult, if not impossible to achieve using standard bulbs. Among the many lighting trends to emerge as a result of LED advancements is the ceiling accent light. Whether you’re working with a cove, soffit, tray, or coffered ceiling, you’ll find there are many high end, expensive fixtures designed specifically for these types of applications, or cheap rope lights that do not last. But one of the great things about ceiling accents is their natural ability to hide LED light strips out of sight while…

Inspired LED Lighting Controlled by Apple Home

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Last week we released a blog post detailing how to pair Inspired LED products with smart-home and voice-control devices like the Amazon Echo or Google Home, using the new DW1KD-1BZ Wi-Fi Smart Switch from Leviton. This week, after some additional testing, we are excited to announce that Inspired LED lights and Magnitude brand dimmable transformers are also compatible with Apple iOS software, using a similar Leviton dimmer model with Apple HomeKit™ techonolgy! Unlike the Google Home and Amazon Echo systems, the Leviton Dimmer with Apple HomeKit pairs directly with your iPhone or iPad using the Home App, and does not require a separate control “hub” (although we are anxiously awaiting…

Is It Up To Code? Dimmable LED Systems

At Inspired LED, we’ve been in the business long enough to have learned a thing or two about building and electrical codes. And over the years, we’ve seen some of the many creative ways that people have attempted to cut corners, or “hack” their lighting systems, using everything from soldering irons to spare lamp cords… But before we get on to the big infractions, let’s start by reviewing the correct way to lay out a dimmable LED system. Conventional Installs: Up to Code Generally speaking, low voltage LEDs can be powered in one of two ways. The simplest set-ups utilize a low voltage plug-in power supply combined…

Accessory of The Week: Blue Mid-Connector Tiger Paw

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It comes as no surprise that around here we think our patented Tiger Paw® connectors are the best thing since sliced bread!  This ingenious little product line began with a few simple and commonly used styles, like our standard screw terminal and plug-in connectors, which allowed electricians and DIYers alike the freedom to cut, connect, and design low-voltage lighting systems in-field. But we didn’t stop there! Over the years we’ve designed thousands of custom LED layouts, and in the process discovered innovative ways to make our products easier to use in a wide variety of applications. We adopted new connector sizes and styles, and even…

New Product Release: Super Clip Tiger Paw

Back in 2013, Inspired LED received our first patent for our solderless “Tiger Paw®” LED connectors, which allowed our customers to quickly and easily make modifications to LED flex strips in the field. Over the past few years we have modified our design to accommodate a variety of different styles and to solve a variety of unique problems. Our Tiger Paw® Screw Terminal allowed contractors to utilize their own bulk cable while our plug-in 3.5mm connector system is ideally suited for the simplest installs. Our Right Angle Tiger Paw® tackled corners, while the Micro-lock was specially designed to fit in…

New Product Release: DIY Radiant Edge LED Fixtures

Almost a year ago, Inspired LED released the new & improved version of our popular Radiant Edge Series fixtures. Much to the delight of our manufacturing team, the new model was sleeker, brighter, and much easier to build. Now, we’re passing along the convenience to you! Introducing the new DIY low-profile Radiant Edge System from Inspired LED: a specially designed series of components, including aluminum channels, frosted lenses, end caps, and mounting clips, which allow contractors and customers alike to build their own low-voltage fixtures in field. With just a few simple steps and some basic tools, you can create…

Accessory of the Week: New Micro-Lock Tiger Paw Connectors

Our patented Tiger Paw® connectors have become well known in the low voltage lighting industry for allowing contractors and electricians to build custom LED systems without the need for a soldering iron. Perhaps most familiar are our plug-in Tiger Paw® connectors, as featured in our popular Cut & Connect Series kits. These handy accessories combine with standard interconnect cables to allow anyone to quickly and easily create an LED layout using just a pair of scissors! However there are times where a customer or installer may prefer to use a direct wire option- being able to purchase cable in bulk…

Level VI Efficiency Requirements: What You Need to Know…

As early as the 1990’s, it was estimated that more than one billion external power supplies were in use across the United States. Since then, the technology boom has led to an influx of computers, laptops, tablets and smartphones, increasing this number dramatically. Most of us never think about these little power hogs plugged in throughout our homes. But due to lack of initial market regulation, early power supplies made extremely inefficient use of the grid (as low as 50% efficiency). Many even continue to draw power even after the connected device had been turned off. The result is higher…

Ask an Engineer Part 2: All About Power

One of the trickiest parts of working with LEDs is understanding how to best manage and supply power to your lighting system. Our customer service team spends time each day helping clients to calculate power requirements, answering questions about the difference between power supplies and transformers, and providing advice on how to avoid voltage drop. We pride ourselves on being able to explain things in an educated and efficient manner which is simple enough for anyone to comprehend. Of course, LEDs remain part of a rapidly evolving industry and there are always new things to be learned and discovered. So when it comes to…