What is a good low cost solution for zwave controlled LED under cabinet lighting?

They are male to female plugs. I used a Dremel and a small drill bit to hide the wires.

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also has right angle connectors


You guys pics of your installs are great! Awesome for ideas!!!

Taotronics LED strip ZW outlet for easy on off automation, color changes with harmony remote
5 meters for < $50

That is a great price…the harmony hub can be used to change color?

Yes ( sorta) . If you have it as part of a routine you have to remember that it will run the whole routine. Took me a couple days to figure out why the TV kept shutting off at random times. Then I noticed that the LEDs on the front porch cane on at the same time. I had made a rule to turn on LED on motion. So when it ran it turned all the other devices off.
Solution just remove that Harmony routine ( unless lights are in the room with the TV and you want to turn them on, set color for movie) , just use the Harmony app to change colors. ZW switch to turn on/off with timer,motion etc .

Harmony divides devices into two main categories: Entertainment devices and home control devices. They understand that you don’t want to have the lights going on and off as you switch from watching cable to playing Xbox.

So when you set up a new activity, there is a screen which asks you if you want Entertainment devices to turn off when you start the new activity. As long as you say no to that, the TV will stay on when you use the activity that controls the lights.

Harmony only allows you to have one Entertainment device activity running at one time, but you can have multiple home control activities.

I have several harmony activities that are triggered by motion sensors, and they don’t change the current Entertainment device activity at all. :sunglasses:

So as long as you set up a harmony activity to control the lights that only includes the lights and sensors, you should be fine. If you also include the TV in that activity, it’s a different situation.

That’s the issue Tatronic lights pair with Harmony as an Entertainment NOT HA device since they are controlled with IR

Yeah, that would cause the problem unfortunately.

And, I guess, if they are IR then you need good light of sight to control them (so, probably another IR blaster pointed in that general direction).

In my case the lights are across the front porch, I stuck one of the blasters in the window. It’s been working fine. On/Off with GE ZW module. seasonal color changes with Harmony app. The ones in the sun room I just have on ZW module on/off on motion, keep the original remote in a drawer for the occasional color change.

How is this set working out for you? I’ve been trying to solve the same problem with under cabinet lighting, spanning an area in the middle over my sink. I don’t want to solder, and your solutions looks great. It doesn’t look like I will be able to accomplish this with the Hue strips, without either soldering, or buying a strip for each stretch that I’m trying to cover.

I’ve had them installed for year and a half now. The extensions work great you’ll even end up with extras. Just plug them in no soldering.

Well thanks again for the post. Your post is what finally pushed me over the planning phase and into the actual install. I started out with the Hue strips, and ultimately I think they are a better LED strip, with a better control app, but they wouldn’t work for what I was trying to do. I wanted to get this done without soldering. I would have preferred to stay away from a zigbee based light strip, but I went with the Osram Lightify strips. Downside is that you can’t connect to both the smartthings controller and the Osram hub at the same time. There is not much control within the smartthings app, and the color transitioning is not very smooth. But, it was mandatory for me to have them integrated into the rest of the smartthings ecosystem to use with motion, alarms, and other automation’s.

The extensions were back ordered everywhere I looked and I really wanted to finish the project out in time for a couple holiday parties at the house. So I bought one Indoor/Outdoor strip to span the top of the cabinets on other side of the kitchen, the Lightify Hub (to handle firmware updates), and one regular lightify indoor strip set. They come in 2 foot sections with short connectors to expand or connect the segments together. So I cut each connector in half, and used cat6 cable to essentially make the connector longer, allowing me to span the gap over the sink, and use a single kit to light up each section without lighting up the inside of the cabinets where the cable travels from top to bottom and across. I think it worked out pretty well. No soldering, and I didn’t have to buy connectors or additional light strip sets.


@bniemiec could you explain your setup. Beucase this is what I’m trying to do, using the ethernet cable to so i can extend from top of cabinets to bottom. I also dont want to solder. Where did you get your adapters from and which RBGW strips did you use? I’m just now trying to get into this and definitely want to have all the right stuff before diving in.


Hi, so I basically just bought the Osram Lightify indoor strip set, which came with short connectors, to allow you to string together multiple sets of strips. They look like this

I just cut them in half, and extended the wires using cat5 and keystone jacks. The lightify connectors use 5 small wires. So, I only needed to use 5 of the 8 wires that are in cat5 cables. You can pick any 5, just make sure they match at both ends.

Newbie here :baby:. I have 3 sections of cabinets (each with an outlet above) that I want to install under-cabinet lighting on without running an extension cable that would be visible (also two of the sections are on different sides of a vent hood chimney that goes all the way to the ceiling, so I can’t run an extension there). We just moved in and I’m comfortable with wiring, soldering, installation, but I’m brand new to the whole smart home/appliances/devices scene. Is there a way to control these 3 separate areas with one wall switch? The wall switch would have 110V AC, but wouldn’t be able to be wired directly to the light strips/controllers themselves. Can the color be controlled by the switch at all or would that have to be done via an app?

Here a new vendor with cheaper Zigbee led strip controllers in different versions: RGB, RGBW, RGB-CCT and CCT-only.

I bought a RGB-CCT Zigbee controller for €20.

Gledopto Zigbee led controller RGB CC CW