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Uses of Tape Lighting And Channels

LED Tape Lighting has found its ideal companion – channels. Together, they give Kichler® Tape Light amazing potential, limited only by your imagination. You might know tape lighting for accent lighting under and over cabinets, along shelving and islands. Well, this isn’t your father’s tape lighting. With this new team, you can take light the length of your longest corridor, build your own fixtures and integrate light into a wall. Tape and Channels let you design with light, emphasize spaces in new ways, and even make lighting its own piece of artwork. This is illumination on a game-changing level.


The Extraordinary Talents of Tape Light

Kichler Tape Light features the most current LED chips and diodes so it’s environmentally friendly and energy-efficient. Don’t let the small size of the lights fool you. These brilliant LEDs can do big things like customize light color or temperature to enhance your space, décor, woodwork and more. Tape Light also comes in different lumens, or light outputs, to meet the needs of different areas.

Colorful Options

White light isn’t just white, but can shift to warmer or cooler tones. And RGB LED Tape Lighting takes decorating with color to very creative spaces.

  • Amber white (2200K-2400K) adds the color of a Candlelight glow to spaces for an intimate and relaxed feel.
  • Choose warmer white light (2700K) to bring out natural shades in browns, reds and yellows. 
  • Choose cooler white light (3000K or 4000K) to
    • (3000K) bring out the best in neutral tones - beiges, tans, light grays, or even white.
    • (4000K) complement cool tones like grays, blacks, greens and blues.
  • Give off a cooler hue (5000K), to work well with modern aesthetics and bring out darker blue and gray colors, as well as wood tones.
  • RGB LED Tape Light (link to RGB tape light) opens up a whole new spectrum of possibilities. Reds, greens and blues add dramatic visual interest to bar areas, basement spaces, kids’ rooms – wherever you want to put a pop of color.

Versatile Light Intensity

Tape Light is truly multi-talented. Not only can you choose from a variety of colors, you can choose different lumen levels, or light intensities. The simple addition of a dimmer switch lets you soften or brighten light as you like.


Channels: A Mini-Guide to a Major Innovation

Tape Lighting and Channels – do they need each other? Hello? They were made for each other. Yes, you can certainly use Tape Lighting by itself, but you might not want to once you see what Channels bring. They expand your Tape Lighting options in countless ways. A much longer list of spaces to name one. Accessories like lenses. Multi-directional display of light. Greater durability. We could go on here, but it’s truly a must-try lighting combo. Kichler Lighting offers three types of Channels, each with their own applications and features.

TE Standard Series

Best suited for straightforward kitchen and shelf accent lighting, this Series comes in varying depths with simple mounting clips, snap-in lenses and holds a single strip of LED Tape Lighting. Installation is easy and the finished look is polished.

TE Enhanced Series

A step up from the Standard Series. It’s also a prime candidate for cabinetry and shelving, and perfect for use on stairs or even recessed into surfaces. This series has a 30-degree channel that doubles as a 60-degree channel when rotated. Most other channels in this series are wider for multiple strips of tape lighting - taking your installation from accent to ambient. There’s build-it-yourself flexibility with TE Enhanced. Imagine constructing your own pendant. Nice.

TE Pro Series

This is, like the name says, the pro. This Series takes Tape Lighting beyond your wildest dreams. Talk about a wow effect. From closet rods, to cove, crown molding, stair treads and – gasp – even build-them-yourself sconces. Pro Series channels let you design with light in unexpected ways. Length is customizable, so you can create installations limited only by your own imagination.


A Deep Dive into Channels

Channels have remarkable depth. Literally and figuratively. And that varying range of depths gives you some pretty incredible lighting options. All three families of TE Series Channels offer surface and recessed applications. Surface mount means the channel is on top of the substrate or material you place it on. Recessed means the channel is embedded, or “sunk,” into the substrate.

Here’s what each TE Series can do:

Standard Series

Offers 3 depths for surface or recessed applications with one strip of LED Tape Lighting.

  • Shallow: cost-effective with visible diodes (the LED built into the Tape Lighting), for use under/above cabinets or toe kicks.
  • Standard: A popular depth with gentle light diffusion for use under/above cabinets, toekicks and shelves.
  • Deep: Ideal for spot-free lighting effects. In addition to cabinets, toekicks and shelves, the recessed version is ideal for in-wall applications or those little niches you want to accent. There’s a 45-degree surface mounted option for under cabinet, under step and drawers.

Enhanced Series

Offers many options for both surface and recessed mounts - most with more than one LED Tape Lighting strip.

  • Shallow-wide (surface only): Think task lighting. Under cabinet applications and custom pendants in spaces like laundry rooms, craft corners or home offices. This depth uses 3 Tape Lighting strips – the diodes will be prominent, so use where the brightness won’t be distracting or bothersome.
  • Standard: Utilizes 2 strips of tape to create more task-driven ambient lighting, but with a bit of diffusion. Ideal for under cabinet installations.
  • Deep: Utilizes 2 LED Tape strips and for the same applications as Standard, with a softer diffusion of light.
  • Deep-wide: Utilizes 3 strips of LED Tape for task-driven applications and offers a much greater spot-free lighting effect than its shallow-wide counterpart.
  • 30/60 Degree: An asymmetrical underside allows for a 30 or 60-degree installation under cabinets and stairs or in drawers.

Pro Series

Now here’s where the story gets interesting with lots of twists and turns.
Designers and serious DIYers: get set to up your game.

  • Rods: Sturdy enough to use as a closet rod, and it’s suspendable to accent an architectural feature.
  • Sleek: Sweet and discreet. Thin with a curved profile, it uses one strip of tape and is perfect for cabinets without an underside edge, like modern, frameless cabinetry or the shelving of an entertainment unit.
  • In-Wall, Mud-In: Available in standard, deep and extra-wide/deep depths. All versions let you recess into the ceiling or wall and feature a wide flange which allows the channel to be mudded into the drywall for a built-in effect. This means you get more light and see less metal. A  Spring mounting clips can also be utilized to secure the channel within the wall tightly.
    • Use the standard depth, with its capacity for two strips of LED tape, to build light into walls or add architectural accents.   
    • Use the deep depth version, also with a two tape strip capacity, for walls, ceilings and architectural accents where you want lighting to be uniform. It can be installed with construction cement or adhesive, or attached to drywall with mounting spring clips.
    • The extra-wide/deep, deep depth channel can hold up to six strips of LED tape. Trim the channel to custom lengths to create unique troffer-like fixtures.
  • Cove Ceiling, Direct and Indirect: Both use one strip of tape. Direct and Indirect also come in two size options, 1/2" and 5/8", to accommodate varying dry wall sizes. These channels also feature a wide flange to allow dry wall mud to be applied up to the trim to create a built-in look. 
    • Direct wraps the edge of drywall for a cove lighting effect.
    • Indirect shines the light on the ceiling.
  • Crown – Contemporary or Transitional Profiles: Bet you didn’t know lighting could create the effect of crown molding. Never underestimate the power of Tape and Channel! You can leave the anodized silver finish or paint. Both profiles use two Tape Lighting strips.
  • Arched Channels 1, 2 or 3: Recessed collection of channels that are ideal for ceilings, and walls too. Their unique shape positions the tape light facing into the arch to create a reflective glow. These channels also feature a wide flange for dry wall mud to be applied for a built-in look.
    • Version 1 - Ceiling to Wall: Use for perimeter accent lighting. With one edge of the channel in the ceiling, while the other to the wall, a single strip of tape then reflects into the arch and onto the wall for a crown-like lighting effect.
    • Version 2 - Ceiling Edge: Both edges of the channel recess into the ceiling or wall, often along the perimeter. The single strip of tape reflects from the arch to create a cove-like lighting effect.
    • Version 3 - Center in Ceiling: Both edges of the recessed channel install within the ceiling or wall. In this version, a strip of tape is positioned at each end of the channel, both reflecting symmetrically into the channel for a blended, edge-lit appearance.
  • Sconces 1 or 2: Customizable length of channel that installs simply with a mounting extrusion. The channels can install vertically as a custom sconce, or horizontally as a bath bar or decorative element. They also can be suspended as a pendant.
    • A one-sided channel with 2 Tape Lighting strips creates either an up or down, left or right mounted sconce or suspended pendant. If you want to wash a wall with light or do something contemporary in a bath or basement bar.
    • A 2-sided channel has the same installation options, but emits light from both sides - 2 strips of tape on each side for greater light output.
  • Corridor 1 or 2 – recessed fixtures for with options to create either a broad/transitional glow, or a thin contemporary line along baseboards, hallways or steps.
    • Version 1 is when you need a wayfinding fixture or want to create custom step lighting. Use a corridor lens for full diffusion or go no-lens for more of a wall wash, full volume effect. Uses one Tape Lighting strip.
    • Version 2 also uses one Tape Light strip, but creates a laser-thin light along a baseboard. It’s an indirect, quite contemporary look.
  • Tread: A surface-mount step tread channel that outputs light up and out as well as down and away. This channel is impact rated for floor use, and (IP54 rated) so a splash of water won’t do damage. We all know how it goes running up the steps with a drink.
  • In-Floor: Decorative, recessed floor lighting that lets grout or glue secure it to flooring. It’s IP54 rated, so a little water won’t hurt. And IK07 impact rated for floor wear and tear.


Accessorize, Accessorize, Accessorize

Every great product has accessories to match. The TE Series will not let you down. From connector brackets, pendant cables and mounting clips to a variety of lenses, where you install will drive the accessories you need.

Lenses are the accessory you can’t enjoy with tape itself. Just another reason to love channels. For Standard and Enhanced TE Series, choose from:

  • Clear: Allows the most light through and diodes will be more visible.
  • White Opaque: Diffuses the diodes and spreads the light output.
  • Narrow and Medium: If you want a thinner, more direct beam of light.
  • High Diffusion: For Standard Series only. Used only with shallow and standard surface mount channels. This lens sits higher on top of the channel, broadening the beam and dispersing more light.

Check out our complete LED Tape Light portfolio. You also might consider a lighting professional. While tape lighting and channels are certainly something you can do yourself, they can get tricky – especially when recess mounted into a substrate like drywall. If you need help, check out Kichler Lighting’s list of certified lighting professionals. With Kichler Lighting’s Advanced Product Solutions team, planning layout and design assistance also available to all Kichler partners.