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      Installation Planning for Tape and Channel Lighting

      What is tape lighting with channels anyway? It’s a solution that combines form and function in a very unique way. Whether you have a blueprint for your home to be, or you want to update and upgrade, tape lighting with channels is worth exploring. Anything in your space can be enhanced by it. From kitchen cabinets and pantries to the shelving in your great room, tape and channel lighting has a very special versatility. It can highlight architectural beauty, serve as essential task lighting and be part of a perfect layered lighting scheme.


      Planning is Priority One

      Tape lighting must be hardwired into your electrical system, making planning a critical piece of the installation pie. Map it out and make it fun. Here’s how:

      • Because it’s lower in voltage than some other light sources, you’ll need to make sure you have the electrical components (like a power supply or driver) to accommodate it.
      • Tape lighting loves tape measures – make sure you know the lengths you’ll need for different spaces. The amount of tape you use will guide the wattage capacity of your power supply.
      • Think about switch options. Do you want a standard wall switch or a dimmer? 

      Consider a Lighting Professional

      Tape lighting and channel installations can be tricky. If you need help, an authorized Kichler Lighting showroom or nearby electrical distributor can connect you with a certified lighting professional. Kichler partners can also connect with our Advanced Product Solutions team for planning layout and design assistance. 


      Tape Lighting Options

      Kichler® Tape Lighting adds drama in a distinctive way. By incorporating channels, they hide the light source so only the effect is visible. Tape is designed for easy installation – the underside features a high-tack adhesive, meaning no additional screws or hardware are required to set the tape in place.

      • 8T Series
        The 8T Series of Commercial Grade LED Tape Light is designed to integrate with our patent-pending connector accessory system to simplify and speed up even the most complicated tape light design installations. The tape features a double layer of copper that works together to support increased run lengths with less voltage drop. Connections are also simplified as the eight unique connector accessories easily snap into place, and are designed to take the guesswork out of tape polarity.
      • 6T Series 24V Dry Location LED 
        Discover unlimited design possibilities that let you choose from multiple color temperatures, ideal LED light output and more. The 6T Series features 3M™ Adhesive Backing for secure placement and is perfect for large areas like kitchen cabinets and decorative spaces.

      • 6T Series 24V Damp Location LED
        All the benefits of the dry location product with a damp rating. That means it’s designed to perform safely in areas exposed to moisture, like bathroom vanities, kitchen sinks and covered outdoor areas.

      • 6T Series 24V RGB LED
        Want to have some fun with color? This is your tape lighting. RGB stands for red, green and blue. You get color changing and color combination options that let you add pops of prettiness to bar areas, shelving, mirrors – anywhere your color-loving heart desires.
      • 4T Series 12V Dry Location LED 
        A cost-effective dry location tape that can be cut to 2-inch increments, making it ideal for short runs and smaller spaces like smaller cabinets and shelves.

      Channels: Making Every Space Tape Lighting Territory

      Channels are the things that give tape lighting its exceptional versatility. All of a sudden, walls, floors, stairs, ceilings and even closets and corridors are tape lighting territory. You can diffuse or disperse light with different lenses too, which is always a nice option. Know what else channels do? They enhance the durability of tape lighting! There’s a lot to like about channels.

      When and where can channels be installed?

      During the drywall stage of a project. Or, channels can be surface-mounted. As always, planning is key. You’ll want to make sure you match the depth of the channel to the substrate.

      • Kichler TE Standard Series 
        Elevate your kitchen and shelving projects. With simple mounting clips, varying depths for desired light diffusion and snap-in lenses, these channels provide a polished look with simple installation. This series is available a la carte or in kit form for easy ordering.

      • Kichler TE Enhanced Series 
        Aluminum extruded tape channels that are a step up, with most wide enough to accommodate multiple strips of LED Tape Lighting. The 30-degree angled channel doubles as a 60-degree channel when rotated for expanded installation options. This series will transform your lighting effect from task or accent to ambient.

      • Kichler TE Pro Series 
        These channels will inspire you to design with light. Create eye-catching lighting effects like wall washes, crown ceiling lighting, or durable in-floor designs. Integrate lighting with purpose along corridors and steps, or even closet rods. Or, use the channels to create sleek lighting fixtures like linear sconces and pendants. Metal end caps are offered in this series to assure a polished look.

      The Tape Lighting with Channels final word? Create a lighting legacy. It’s not as hard as you might think and Kichler Lighting is always here to help.


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