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David, can you please recommend the best high grade LED tape for application on the bottom of kitchen wall cabinets? I would like 3000K, 95+ CRI, 400-500 lumens per foot. Is there one that can be inside a channel, with diffuser and it's dimmable?

Or diffuser would prevent the heat from escaping and it's therefore not a good idea?

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David K Warfel at LightCanHelpYou.com

Great questions! Joe, I completely agree that the broad range in manufacturing quality makes universal statements like "dimming LEDs will extend their life" problematic. You are correct- there is a huge range in dimming technologies and LED chips and it's driving us crazy! I have never used "extending life" as a reason to use LEDs. For me, the energy savings and lamp life alone are worth the switch (provided they deliver good light). I think we're both, in a way, correct- dimming LEDs can lengthen their life if it reduces heat...and then again, maybe not. :)

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David K Warfel at LightCanHelpYou.com

DSI, if you're looking for high grade LED tape take a look at OpticArts. Yes, it can be embedded in a channel with diffuser (the aluminum helps dissipate the heat).

   

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