Product: Energizer Glas Under Cabinet LED Light
Although our apartment gets plenty of natural light there are still some areas, especially within storage, that could do with some extra illumination. These spaces include the cabinets under the TV, in the bathroom and inside the closet. We recently purchased and installed a LED solution from Energizer which puts out 400-lumens with just 9 watts... We tested out the Under Cabinet Light from Energizer's Glas collection. The 12" strip light is lightweight and equipped with energy efficient LED lights. There are two socket openings on the light so that you can connect a string of Energizer lights if needed (up to 7). We just experimented with one.
Unboxing and Setup
The Energizer light comes with a power cable, socket cover and a linkable cable. There are also screws and adhesive tape included for horizontal and vertical mounting. Although seemingly an easy installation on paper, putting up the light was more involved than I preferred. I would have liked it to be easily mountable with just the adhesive double-side tape, but for a secure under-the-cabinet install, it's pretty much required to drill holes for the screws. This isn't ideal if you're living in an apartment and aren't allowed to make alterations to the space.
Because I didn't want to drill holes into the cabinet, I chose to mount the light on the cabinet door instead. It stayed secure with some extra adhesive mounting tape. Between choosing where to put the light - the bathroom, the closet or under the TV, I ended up choosing the cabinet under the TV because our gaming systems are kept there, along with the router and TV cables. With all the wires weaving in and out, I figured the extra lighting would be the most practical.
Additionally, because the Energizer light's power cord isn't very long and our lack of outlets in the bathroom cabinets and closet, installing the light in a space where a surge protector and extension cord were readily available made the decision an easy one.
The design of the light is extremely simple, similar to the rest of Energizer's Glas Collection. It doesn't take any attention away from your things and is minimal and functional. The light has 6 powerful LED lights and is operated with a simple on and off switch.
Despite its limitations, overall the functionality of the Glas light proved to be excellent as an add-on feature. The LEDs made a big difference for visibility in the once dark space, improving cord management inside the cabinet. Ideally, the Glas unit would offer a battery-powered option and be easier to mount/dismount for multiple location use. However, it's interesting to know that you can string up to 7 lights and operate all of them with one switch, and it's energy efficient lights are a great renter's solution.
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(Images taken by Julienne Lin)