09/04/2018
Use Case: Unifi LEDs
Used Products
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Location
Denver, CO, USA
Description

While constructing my workbench in the basement, it became very apparent that I needed a bright light source for overhead lighting, enter the Unifi LED AC.

 

I built a trough for two units and then sank the units inside. Flexible conduit was ran from an existing electrical box to a quad outlet on the workbench and then back up to the LEDs. I used the daisy chain feature to wire them in series. The LEDs are then controlled by a UDIM mounted into an electrical box on the workbench. 

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Use Case: Unifi LEDs

by ‎09-04-2018 04:46 AM - edited ‎09-04-2018 09:41 AM

While constructing my workbench in the basement, it became very apparent that I needed a bright light source for overhead lighting, enter the Unifi LED AC.

 

I built a trough for two units and then sank the units inside. Flexible conduit was ran from an existing electrical box to a quad outlet on the workbench and then back up to the LEDs. I used the daisy chain feature to wire them in series. The LEDs are then controlled by a UDIM mounted into an electrical box on the workbench. 

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Comments
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on ‎09-04-2018 05:52 AM

Excellent idea on the light housing. I am not a fan however of where you placed the switch. You lose that work space. Why would you want to get it ruined by slamming things against it or on top of it? Other than that, what type of walls are in that room? Sound deadening type material? 

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on ‎09-04-2018 06:28 AM

Looks good and all but about $350 for a light over a workbench???

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on ‎09-04-2018 07:53 AM

@verisarioc Honestly, I chose the top because it was easier to access and it's sexier that way. The profile is slow low that it's not really inthe way, plus it's all the way on the side. The bench is 8 feet long so I figured using up about 5 inches of one corner wasn't going to be a game changer. I did think about putting it down with the outlets but it just didn't look as good.

 

@Bellows The light output is amazing and staying with the Unifi line, I'm able to incorporate the technology into the rest of the house talked about in one of my other stories here.... https://community.ubnt.com/t5/UniFi-Stories/Unifi-As-Backbone-for-100-Automated-Smarthome/cns-p/2449... Sure it may seem expensive, but the setup works wonderfull and it looks good as well. What's the fun of money if not to spend it on Unifi equipment?

 

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on ‎09-04-2018 07:58 AM

@esloyer- I understand your reasoning. Not trying to make fun of your setup at all. I am jealous of it. I might want to build a nice workbench in my garage as well. Man Happy Thanks for the inspiration! I hope the table works out for you!

I think UBNT did a great job on the LED stuff. I do think they could have made the dimmers MUCH more flush to the wall. Like a standard light switch cover plate. 1/4" thick at most. I don't know why they have such a thick cover on it...I don't see high end homes getting these installed because of that. 

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on ‎09-04-2018 09:32 AM

Awesome idea.  I'm planning to do the same thing over the next several months I will be renovating the house,,, " been doing reno for 2 years" lol  My old work bench has tube lights. The new one will have Uled's. Cheers2

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on ‎09-04-2018 09:40 AM

Thanks @alan87i, the light output from the LEDs is fantastic. Not sure I'll use the "dimming" feature since I'll always want lots of bright light but I did program the EoT controller to automatically turn off the lights at 2am every morning. If my forgetful self forgets to turn them off, now I have confidence they aren't running wide open for days on end.

 

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on ‎09-04-2018 05:54 PM

You can purchase florescent tubes or LED tubes and a fixture for significantly cheaper, add a smart home controller and switch, still for less than this setup costs. Then cheaply daisy chain additional fixtures.

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on ‎09-04-2018 06:24 PM

@Groupers that's true, you absolutely can but then they aren't Unifi and they wouldn't fit into the entire EoT ecosystem that will be developed by UBNT over the next few years. 

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on ‎09-04-2018 08:10 PM

"it's sexier that way" Ha, I too have been sucked in by that reasoning a time or two when it comes to Unifi gear. However I have to agree with @verisarioc, even if you're not concerned with the lost bench space, it *will* eventually get damaged in that location since it's proud of the surface and in a high traffic area near the front edge. Only a matter of time.  And that will be a shame. Of course I don't know what kind of work you do, but I'm a hobby woodworker and my current 3 year old bench looks like hell already, probably would have broken 10+ switches in that location already. Same with the wiring hanging lose underneath, might want to put that thru some conduit to protect it, you have a fire hazard otherwise. But, nice and clean looking from the top.

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on ‎09-06-2018 07:14 AM

@clausing3 the wire has been neaten up since the initial pictures, polyurathane applied to the top and edging pieces and sanded smooth. I had to find an interim way to control the flexible conduit so letting it hang under it's own weight was the quickest solution. At this point, the flex conduit is mounted to the underside of the table so that it's tucked out of the way. I understand there is some concern with the switch breaking, however, I installed in knowing that in 3 years, it's not going to be pretty and white, but what better way to test the durability of the UDIM then to put it through it's paces on a workbench?