How To Select Puck Lighting Accessories

Congratulations on selecting your puck light and taking the first step in your lighting project!

The next step is to choose all of the other accessories you need to make everything work such as a power supply, dimmers, switches, connecting cords, etc.… But, where do you start?

  • The most important rule to remember to get the best results and compatibility with all of the equipment is to select components from the same manufacturer as your light.

Begin your selection process with the following questions:

How do you want to control your lighting?

There are two main options available, a wall switch (requires the assistance of an electrician) or a smaller controller/ dimmer that plugs into a standard AC wall outlet (typically, these are easier to install).

Lighting controls

Wall switches require the use of a special Wall Dimmable Hardwired Power Supply available in 12W and 50W sizes.

All other controllers require a different type of power supply that plugs directly into your wall outlet and comes in 6W, 12W, 15W, 18W and 60W power supply blocks.

How do you know how many Watts power supply to use?

  1. Use simple math… One puck light is needed every 18-24” for under cabinet lighting. In the space you are lighting, figure out the number of puck lights you will need.
  2. All puck lights are labeled with their individual Wattage output. Multiply the number of pucks needed by the puck Wattage to get the total Watts power supply needed.

    • (# of Puck Lights Needed) X (Individual Puck Light Wattage) = Total Power Supply Watts Needed

    Select a power supply that has enough wattage power to support your needs.

    Please note, power supplies only provide power 20’ in each direction. So, planning the placement of the power supply in relation to your lighting needs is important and helps you determine if additional power supply blocks are needed.
  3. Each power supply comes with a set number of ports. Each port is a socket to attach to one (1) puck light. You can always expand the number of ports available by adding a mounting block to your power supply with additional ports to utilize its full capacity.

What other controllers/ dimmers are available for non-wall switch applications?

Here are just a few to get you started:

  • Proximity Controller: Swipe hand in front of the sensor to power lights on/off
  • Motion Controller: Turns on when human motion is detected
  • Door Sensor Controller: Door Open – Light On, Door Closed – Light Off
  • Dimmer Controller: Touch on/off and 1-100% dimming control
  • Manual Rotary Dimmer: Turn the knob to dim the lights
  • FreeDim Wall Dimmer: looks like a wall dimmer but is controlled wirelessly
  • FreeDim Micro Dimmer: Single Zone wireless dimmer
  • FreeDim Remote Control Dimmer: Multi-Zone remote control
  • KeyChain Remote Control Dimmer
  • Simple Round Switch: On/off control

And, always remember, you don’t have to be an expert in lighting! We offer a free lighting planning service through Tresco – simply send them your kitchen drawings and you will be provided a list of lighting and accessory part numbers to showcase your kitchen!




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