It’s been a while, overall, we’re really happy with the new kitchen and these lights. We love the natural white color of the LED strips (aka daylight), the dimming capability, and motion detection feature. All of the kitchen lights are controlled by ST at this point.
Lessons learned: The wire I selected was way too thick and stiff, and you couldn’t move the lights without the solder points breaking off of the strips, so I changed to a 20AWG stranded wire, which was more flexible, and worked much better.
The longest run on the tops of the cabinets is the full 5M, and it definitely dims down at the end. It’s only really noticeable if you look for it, but one of these days I plan to cut that strip in half, and run another wire to the PSU.
The lights have a very brief flutter every now and then, maybe once or twice a day. It’s not really a problem because it’s so infrequent, but it is noticeable because the lights are so bright. I’m considering switching out the Lutron dimmer switch with a non-dimming switch as a troubleshooting step. I’m also curious if other appliances are causing interference. I’m only using about half of the power supply’s capacity, so I don’t think it’s being caused by overdriving, and it happens regardless of dimmer setting (100%, 75%, 25%, etc.).
I need to spend more time with SmartThings. I haven’t figured out how to turn stuff on/off with the Echo yet. I’m also not sure that I am going about scheduling things the best way, I have a huge messy list of scheduled items, and it’s difficult to look at it, and know what thing does what action, when, why, etc. I have 6 CREE bulbs, a handful of motion detectors, some lamp modules, and three in-wall switches (one of which controls these cabinet lights).
Since all of these kitchen lights and lamps in the adjoining family room are on ST, and most are on dimmer controllers, I need to look into scenes. I think that will be a compelling use-case (‘cooking’, ‘tv watching’, ‘entertaining’, etc). I know nothing about scenes yet.
I have two minimotes that I need to connect to ST so that we can control the lamps in the living room without having to get out smartphones or yell at the echo, and probably control kitchen scenes as well(?).
A few pictures, the computer nook is out of frame to the right, but has the same lights.