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  • Elegant, Simple, and Budget Friendly LED Under Cabinet Lights

    Who is ready to remodel that kitchen? Maybe you need extra light to meal prep, or you want to host a fabulous dinner party now that we can have people over.  Under-cabinet lighting is an excellent option for that touch of class in your kitchen. Sadly, not all under cabinet fixtures are the same and choosing the right one can be daunting. Join us as we discuss some of the key features to look for when selecting an under cabinet fixture.

    Overall Construction:

    LED Under Cabinet Light Selector White and Bronze

     

    Even though this fixture is hidden under your cabinet, the quality of the fixture is important. No one wants to buy a fixture only to replace it years later due to poor craftsmanship. Our under cabinet fixture comes in two colors: white or bronze. It is well made and intended to last well into your next bout of creativity. Not only is the fixture made to last, but it is simple and elegant. 

     

     

    Compatible Lengths:

    LED Under Cabinet Light Selector Wood Cabinets

    Cabinets come in varying lengths to accommodate our creativity as well as functionality in our kitchen. No one wants to locate the perfect fixture just to find out that it only comes in two lengths. Fortunately, our undercabinet fixture comes in 9”, 12”, 18”, 24”, 34”, 42”, and 46-inch lengths. Now that the lengths are covered, what about color temperature?

     

     

    Color Temperature:

    Not sure what color temperature is? Learn more here.

    LED Under cabinet selectorColor temp is a personal choice. Whether you like a cooler or warmer-looking kitchen, we got you covered.  With our fixture, you can switch between 3000K (warmest), 3500K, and 4000K (coolest).  Now you don’t have to buy a new fixture or swap out a light bulb just to change the color temp.

     

     

     

     

    The nitty-gritty:

    This information may be more interesting to your electrician, but the details are important when selecting a fixture. Our 1⅛” by 3 ½” LED fixture has an excellent color rendering of 90CRI along with an average life of 50,000 hours. It can be dimmed from 10% to 100%.

    LED Under Cabinet Light CCT Selector Inside

    Like most LEDs, this fixture uses 75% less energy than the standard under cabinet lighting. With the following approvals: Energy Star, JA8, Title 24, and ETL, this eco-friendly fixture does not require an external transformer. See our kitchen blog for how to properly light a kitchen. Plus it is easy to install by any qualified electrician.

     

    Hopefully, you learned a little more about under cabinet lighting, and are excited to try it out. Thanks for dropping by our website. We are a small family business and hope that no matter where you shop you consider buying from a small business. We are Total Lighting Supply and we know lighting. We have been doing it for 30 years plus :)

    See our video that we make specifically for this LED Under Cabinet  CCT Selector Light.

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  • Slim Under Cabinet LED Selectable Lighting Fixture Overview Video

    Transform your kitchen, garage or office space with LED under cabinet lighting. In this video you will discover the ins and outs of our LED Under Cabinet Light providing you with a plethora of information to help you make an informed decision for your current or next lighting project.

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  • 4 Ways to Save Lots of Money on Your Next Track Lighting Project

    As more and more states are lifting capacity restrictions, we are seeing an uptick in track lighting projects. Whether these businesses are remodeling or starting new, we know businesses have limited resources and time to get things up and running. For some time now, 8’ track has been the go-to length for many commercial track lighting projects. But what if there was a way to be under budget on your next project?  We have 4 reasons why you should consider using 6’, 4’, or even 2’ power track lengths in your next project. 

    The Takeaway

    1 - Using shorter lengths of track on your project is usually less expensive than using 8’ track

    2 - 6’ track suffers less damage when shipping and has a smaller minimum order requirement than 8’ track.

    3 - By using our 2’, 4’, and 6’  power track lengths, you can build almost any configuration

    4 - 6’ track uses the same number of hanging points if you are using our suspension system.

     

    Using 6’ power track saves money

     

    If you could save over $200 dollars on your project, would you? Of course! Let’s say you are installing a 48-foot track system. As per the graphic, eight pieces of 6’ track will cost approximately $300; whereas, six pieces of 8’ foot track will cost over $500. 

     

    48ft power track cost

    Since both systems come in a single box, why is the 8' track system more expensive? The simple answer: shipping. Because no one wants to ship a 101-inch long box, shipping carriers charge fees to discourage it. If you want more information on the intricacies of shipping, check out our “The True Costs of Free Shipping” video.

     

    Increase Shipping Damages

     

    damaged power track shipping boxHave you ever tried shipping a 101 inch tube weighing about 3 pounds? Well, it is not pretty. Due to the hardware needed to install the track, the 8’ track comes in a 101 inch long tube. A single piece of track doesn’t do well on the conveyor belt or transport trucks. For this reason we have a minimum quantity requirement. We found that six or more pieces of 8’ track transport better than one to five. 

     

    However, even with our special care to packing, the track can arrive damaged. Imagine getting a  box like this the day before installation. Nothing is more frustrating and costly than damaged materials.

    When Time is Money

     

    track lighting suspension system furniture storeMost 8’ foot track lighting projects can be configured using 6’, 4’, and even 2’ track sections. Why is this important? Besides the hundreds of dollars of savings from shipping and damages, shorter lengths are easier to install. Trying to manage an 8’ long wobbly track can get quite tiresome, believe me. What if you want to suspend your track? Well, we got you covered there too. 6’ track uses the same number of hanging points when using our track lighting suspension system. An easier and faster install can make all the difference when staying on budget.

     

    Here at Total Lighting Supply, we have over 30 years of experience designing all types of commercial projects, galleries, restaurants, and retail spaces. All of our track parts work together, are affordable, and all of them are H style. We know track lighting and track suspension.

     

    Thank you for dropping by our website. We are a small family business. No matter where you shop for your next track lighting project, we encourage you to consider buying from a small business. Have a blessed day!

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    7 Fast & Easy Steps to a complete track lighting system

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  • SAVE MONEY - 8ft vs 6ft Power Track Shipping & Prices Video

    With the cost of shipping ever increasing, 8-foot power track for track lighting is by no means exempt from this growing expense. Discover why the great expense and find out how you can save money by substituting it with 6-foot, 4-foot and 2-foot power track in this informative video :)

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    7 Fast & Easy Steps to a complete track lighting system

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  • Two Shipping Myths Big Business Doesn’t Want You to Know

    Two Shipping Myths Big Business Doesn’t Want You to Know

    Who doesn’t like saving money? How many times have you left a website because they didn’t offer free shipping? As a small family-operated online retail company, we get hundreds of questions a day. However, the most popular questions we get are about shipping prices. Almost everyone wants free shipping.  Today we are going to share the top two myths big business doesn’t want you to know.

    Myth 1: Free Shipping Always Saves Me Money!

    The other guy offers free shipping, why don’t you?  We get this question every day, and every day we tell our customers the same thing. “Shipping isn’t Free.” In all our years of business, we haven't found a single carrier who is willing to ship our orders for free. In fact, every week, our shipping carrier sends us that pesky little invoice requesting payment for service. 

    Shipping CostSo how does that other guy get away with calling it free shipping then? Here is what they don’t tell you. Let’s say you order a recessed trim for $21.41 with free shipping, and live in a state with 10% sales tax. The cost of the trim is $2.41 and the shipping cost is $19.00. However, you are getting free shipping so these two costs are combined into 1 line item. The 10% sales tax on the $21.41 trim is $2.14, making your total order $23.55. It is only $2.14.”I can’t get a cup of coffee for that much.” “I am getting free shipping, so I don’t mind giving away my money.”

    What if the other guy decided to charge you shipping?  Let’s find out. Back to our favorite $2.41 recessed trim. Because they charge you shipping, the $19.00 is a separate line item. This means the 10% sales tax is only being applied to the $2.41 trim, making the order total $21.62 instead of $23.55. You just saved $1.93!! Still not a cup of coffee, but savings is savings.

    Now that we know sometimes free shipping isn’t always the best deal. I bet you are wondering “Why does it cost $19.00 to ship that $2.41 trim.” You are not alone. Let’s see why.

    Myth 2: The Cost Of Shipping Depends On The Cost Of The Order.  

    How could something so inexpensive, cost so much to ship? This recessed lighting trim has to go into a box so it gets to you undamaged. No one wants to delay their DIY project due to a cracked or dented trim. To prevent this mishap, the warehouse puts bubble wrap, air cushions, or paper inside the box to prevent movement. Then they tape, and label the box. We want to focus on the shipping cost, not the handling costs, right?  We use UPS to ship this trim; however, all the common carriers are about the same. 

    How are shipping costs determined? All the popular shipping carriers have a shipping calculator on their website. This calculator asks for the delivery location, the dimensions of the box ( Length, Width, and Height), and the weight of the box. With that information, they will tell you how long and how much it cost depending on when you want the package. We use ground service as it is the least expensive. In our $2.41 trim example, we enter the following information: Miami, Florida, 11” x 8” x 8”, and 1 pound. Why Miami? We have been shipping a lot of boxes there right now, but you can go to UPS.com to test this for your location. 

    UPS Billable WeightIf the box weighs 1 lb, why is the billable weight 5 lbs? All shipping carriers combine the weight and the size of the box to determine the actual cost to transport your package from us to you. The industry calls this “dimensional weight.” After plugging all this information in the shipping calculator, the cost to ship this trim ground from New Mexico to Miami, Florida is $19.00.

    What if I put a $5,000 diamond ring into the same box, would it cost more? The delivery location is the same, the box dimensions are the same, and it weighs less than a pound. Using the handy shipping calculator, we find that it still costs $19.00 to ship UPS ground from New Mexico to Miami, Florida. 

    If shipping isn’t free, why do we offer free shipping? First, we know that is what people want. Many times that is the first thing consumers seek out when buying online  Second, we need to stay competitive, and offering “free shipping” on some of our products helps us do that.  We are a small family business and we have to try to compete.  If you run a small business you know how hard this can be.

    Same Box Size

    Why do we still charge shipping on some items, if people want free shipping? Well, we want to give our customers the opportunity to find the best deal for their project. Many times a customer can save money having shipping as a separate line item, especially when buying larger quantities or heavier items.

    We know you have choices out there, and hopefully, after reading this you are a more informed consumer that will choose Total Lighting Supply for your next lighting project.

     

     

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  • Convert my Recessed Lighting Downlight with LED Trims - Identifying if your housing can will work

    Convert Recessed Lighting to LEDWe have made this video to help make your transition to Recessed Led Retrofit Trim Modules smooth and easy. See how to identify your recessed housing can from a wide and growing list of recessed cans we have collected over the years. Know confidently if your recessed downlight can be converted. Now lets get started ?

    Checkout our specially designed page to help you identify your existing Recessed Lighting housing can so that you get the right LED Trim modules for your downlights. We help take the guess work out of the conversion process ?

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  • LED 12volt AC Christmas Lights for your existing Outdoor Lighting System & Overview

    LED 12volt Christmas LightsUse your existing 12volt AC low voltage outdoor lighting system to bring Christmas string lights to your yard, business, patio and more. These unobtrusive lights We show you the ins and outs of this unique low voltage Christmas light helping make it easier and faster for you to install and operate :)

     

    Get your LED 12volt Christmas Lights and make your place magical!

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  • Overview of our LED Square Trim Module fits Recessed Cans 5" & 6" downlights Easy! Video

    Maximus LED Square Recessed Lighting Trim Fits 5 & 6 inch DownlightsOur unique Maximus LED square trim module works great with hard to fit recessed housing cans that are 5-inch and 6-inch sizes. Comes see if this is the LED recessed trim you have been waiting for to convert to your recessed lighting downlight to energy saving LED ?

    Available  in 2700K and 3000K options.

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  • New Art Gallery in Sausalito California Lit Fast

    Robert Bengtson’s new gallery in Sausalito, California is a “don't miss” when visiting the area. All of us at www.TotalTrackLighting.com are thrilled at being invited to assist with the lighting plan. Robert contacted us using our “7 Easy Steps to Track Lighting Design,” included a simple but complete drawing based on our short instructional video, and we put together a materials list and made some recommendations.

    The real credit, however, goes to Robert. His organizational skills and vision, paired with his excellent communication enabled us to provide just the right lighting components. He then transformed our products and recommendations into a simple, inexpensive track lighting system that works perfectly in his space.

    Lighting a gallery is the perfect application for track lighting. With track lighting, you can choose the color temperature, beam spread and brightness. You can use one or more fixtures to illuminate the art and other elements in the space just the way you want. Your gallery is not static, and track lighting allows you to “paint with light” and control both the light and shadows to make your space welcoming, interesting and attractive every time you make a change to the presentation.

    As you can see by Robert’s photos below, he takes the entire space into consideration, making the art the center of attention, both inside and out. We are grateful for Robert allowing us to be involved in this extremely successful project.

    If you want know more about The Art of Detail and the work of Robert Bengston and other fabulous artists, you can visit his website at www.TheArtOfDetail.com. Better yet, visit in person at The Art of Detail, 308 Princess Court, Sausalito, CA 94965.

    If you have a track lighting project and would like to work with an experienced company that has done track lighting all day, every day, since 2008, we hope to be on top of your list. Start right here. We usually have the quote done the same day. We look forward to working with you!

    Here are some photos of Robert’s space:

    Art Gallery Storefront Art Gallery Art Hanging on Wall

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  • Pro Series Heavy Duty ESL40W Stainless Steel Analog Transformer Overview

    Outdoor ESL40W Low Voltage LED TransformerRated for outdoor use the stainless steel ESL40W transformer is built to weather the harshest weather while lasting a very long time with its magnetic core. Included in all ESL units is an easy to use mechanical analog timer, manual reset button, enclosed terminal compartment, grounded three-prong power cable and photocell. The ESL40W is fully serviceable and provides 12volt low voltage and a 15volt boost so you can bring power to your LED low voltage outdoor landscape lights at a great distances. See our video link below on when to use this 15volt option. Available in 40 to 300watt configurations.

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