New Lighting From Tresco by Rev-A-Shelf

In a recent post we discussed how easy it is to add lighting to your job as long as you know the basics.  Today I want to give you a sneak peak at the new lighting products that are getting ready to hit the market.

New Wireless Dimmer –

The receiver gets plugged between the mounting block and the transformer.  The wireless remote can be surface mounted, recessed or placed on a shelf.  It can control up to 8 different transformers in the same room and comes in black or satin nickel.  With this dimmer all you need to install lights is an outlet.  This will save you countless hours of hiding wires.

No Power, No Switch, No Problem –

Having a wireless switch is great – but what are you supposed to do if you don’t have any power??

Tresco has developed a series of USB rechargeable and battery-operated lights with built in motion sensors. This is the easiest way to light up drawers and cabinetry.

There will be more info available in the coming weeks – Stay Tuned…

If you are working on a job that requires running LED tape or puck lighting, Tresco has made that easier too!!

Tresco offers a FREE lighting layout design service. All you have to do is upload your drawing to their site – Here is the link

Give them up to 48 hours and they will respond with a layout and a parts list that you can take to any Tresco dealer.

No more stressing over where to put the lights or which type of lights to use….

No more phone calls from the job site – “We are short 3 cables and can’t finish”

Stop passing the lighting part of the job to your electrician – keep that profit for yourself.

Your turn – do you have any lighting questions?

What type of experience have you had?

For more information email me or contact your local Tresco distributor.



Adding Lighting to Your Job is Easy Once You Know the Basics…

Adding Lights to Your Job is Easy Once You Know the Basics

Janet Stevenson of Closets and Cabinetry by Closet City won the 2015 Top Shelf Award with  her project “Personal Boutique”

LED lighting adds a WOW factor to your work – that’s why the trend is so hot right now. Customers love the look and the fact that they can spotlight their favorite Louie or pair of Manolos.

My customers that are currently selling lights love it to because their average sale is going up and once you get the hang of it – it’s really not that complicated.

Let’s start off with some basics –

The most cost effective ways to light an area are with puck lights or LED tape.

There are many other options on the market and unless you are doing super high end or commercial the price will scare off your client.

“Rule #1 – Pucks or LED Tape is the most cost effective way to go”

How to decide between pucks and tape –

Pucks are great if only lighting a couple of upper cabinets or accenting your favorite collectable.

The downside to pucks is each light has to run back to the transformer or mounting block – the wires could get messy – imagine having 12 pucks in a large walk in.

Typically you would need a transformer for each wall to make running the wires a little easier – each transformer will cost you about $35 and each transformer could require a switch if the outlet is not already controlled by one. Leading to additional money and wires.

“Rule #2 – Pucks are great for accent lighting or smaller jobs”

When is LED tape the best option –

Tape is great when you want more of a functional light.

Many of my accounts run the tape above closet poles or behind fluted moulding, when lighting a closet. It works underneath upper cabinets to light counter tops or prep areas.

“Be careful when adding lights above a mirror in a hutch section – the reflection is distracting”

The major benefit to tape is it’s a linear light, which means that each piece of tape can be connected to the previous piece – you don’t connect each piece to the transformer.   This saves you money on transformers, switches and labor.

“Rule #3 – Tape is great for walk-in closets, work areas and commercial applications”

Warm vs Cool Lights

LED lights come in a wide range of colors – to keep it simple there is a warm yellow light and a bright white light – think the Apple store. Most of your clients will believe that they want a bright white light, that isn’t always the best choice.

The white lights work great in a contemporary situation – if you are building white closets or anything glossy. The white lights will brighten the material.

Warm light works better in most other situations. Warm light will bring out the grain in the wood.

Of course this is personal preference – a good way to remember is –

“Rule #4 – Warm (W) for Wood grains / Cool (C) for Contemporary”


If your client has an outlet controlled by a wall switch – skip this section, pour your favorite glass of Merlot and relax – you’re done.

Not so lucky – there are a ton of options. The two types that I typically sell are a basic rocker switch or a remote dimmer.

The rocker switch is a cost effective way to control the lights – the installation is easy – a ¾” hole in your panel, push the switch in the hole and connect the wires between the transformer and mounting block. The biggest problem is hiding the wires, most hide in fluted columns or backing.

The dimmer switch is a little more expensive, but there is no additional wiring.   Plug the sensor into the transformer and you are done. Many of my customers offer this as the only option so that they don’t have to worry about additional wires.

“Rule #5 – Controlling the lights with a remote is easy!”

These are a few of the basic questions you need to ask yourself when considering lighting.   Lighting has a come a long way and is made with the installer in mind. There is no reason for you to lose this work to the electrician.

Are you offering lighting in your jobs? What has your experience been like?

As always if you have any questions please post in the comments section below or send me an email at

Your Hardware Tip – Lights, Camera, Action!

If you missed the 2012 Closet Expo, one item that many of the booths featured was LED lighting…

Rev-A-Shelf, Hafele, Home Décor and Eveready Hardware all had their exhibits lit from top to bottom… Some featured LED lighting that was turned on by motion detectors, others had LED lighting attached to a magnetic switch that turned on and off when the door was opened or closed…  No matter how it was done the outcome was the same – lighting gives you that “wow factor” that can separate you from the competition…

I know your concerns – “I’m not an electrician” “How do I turn the lights on and off?” “I don’t know what to order to accomplish what I am trying to do”… These are all valid objections and manufacturers are starting to address them…

You don’t have to be an electrician, most manufacturers sell UL approved lighting and it is all plug and play…  Meaning everything is a male/female connection which makes it very easy to wire.

Lighting has come a long way and there are many choices for turning the lights on and off… Some options are touch pads or rocker switches.  Other options are wireless remotes or motion detectors.  All work great and none will require an electrician…

What do you need to order – well that’s the easy part…  You will need a transformer, a switch and the lights that you are installing.  There are different lighting options to choose from and all have their place…

Lighting is like everything else that you do…  Give your customer one or two choices and develop your “lighting program”.  The first job may be difficult, but by the third one you will be an expert…

Could you increase your average sale with lighting?  Could you close more sales with lighting?  Maybe…

I would love to hear some of your experiences.

If you would like more information please feel free to contact me at