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Let’s be honest: Many in the woodworking community have often been reluctant to integrate lighting into their designs—whether due to the complexity of the systems involved or previous unpleasant experiences. In this respect, the latest generation of Loox LED Lighting by Häfele America Co., a leader in LED lighting technology, is a game changer. Rooted in a foundation of simple to understand and install, plug and play components, Loox allows for light to be included in practically any space regardless of task, use or design.
“The Loox LED lighting system has really evolved into perhaps one of the most installer-friendly options within the industry,” said Jeff Ratkus, product manager for Häfele America Co. “From the color coded, mated connectors to the drivers that plug directly into any regular wall outlet, Loox is bringing simplicity to the masses.”
Key recent Häfele Loox LED additions include:
LED Ribbon & LED Silicone Ribbon
The latest generation of light ribbon and peel & stick silicone ribbon from Häfele’s Loox line offers brighter light while offering even more LEDs per linear foot. For ease of installation, ribbons now include more and tighter cut points where they can fit into any furniture or cabinet applications—even the smallest of spaces needing light. Peel & stick silicone ribbon can be mounted using the included 3M backing tape while LED ribbon can be mounted in a profile for a diffused, finished look. Whether for general or task lighting, each is available in a variety of light colors to ideally fit your design and style.
Modular Pucks, Recess & Flush Fixtures
Puck lights from Häfele’s Loox line, ideal for kitchen and bath cabinetry, furniture or closet applications, are now available in surface mounted or recess mounted styles with a choice of round or square trim rings. These stylish, IP44 rated fixtures can also be used in any area prone to condensation, small splashes or moisture. An updated line of finish options goes with any décor and includes nickel matt, aluminum matt, black and white trim colors.
New Switching Options
A wide array of new and innovative options have been added to Häfele’s already robust switching selections to further increase customization and open design possibilities. In addition to on/off and door triggered on/off, the Loox line has added toggle on/off switches; in-line, profile mounted touch switches you can simply touch to turn on, off or dim; capacitive switches which mount within furniture or cabinetry and activate with hand motions; flush mounted infrared heat, sensitive dimmer switches controlled by hand motions and remote controlled switching which allows for custom programming based on your design and mood.
New Mounting Profiles
Häfele’s selection of LED lighting profiles have been expanded to include a wider variety of mounting angles such as 90° for direct, perpendicular lighting coverage and 40° angle profiles which are great for lighting rear counter areas. These new light channel covers allow for diffused, even light in practically any application. Loox now also offers a rounded, low-profile profile exclusively for drawer lighting use. Lastly, these new profiles are able to be cut to within the inch, allowing them to fit anywhere you might seek to bring diffused light.
Häfele [HAY fell leh] is a leading worldwide supplier of furniture and architectural hardware components that improve the functionality of cabinets, doors, kitchens, bathrooms and other living and working environments. LED lighting, decorative hardware, opening and closing mechanisms for doors and drawers, furniture fittings and electronic locking systems are but a few of the essential items Häfele provides to manufacturers, architects, designers, contractors and construction professionals in more than 150 countries.