Kitchen Cabinet Lighting Ideas

ResourcesInfographic: A Guide to Choosing Under Cabinet LightingIf you’re only going to choose just one lighting feature to add your kitchen, make it under cabinet lighting. It provides task lighting for your countertops to make them ideal for food preparation and cooking, it illuminates the backsplash on your wall to create beautiful accent lighting, and it can also be used as night lighting for your kitchen. Once you install under cabinet lighting, you’ll never want to go back.Many lighting designers talk about creating “layers of light” for your kitchen. Under cabinet lighting serves as a crucial “layer” for great design.That being said, there are a ton of options to choose from. How do you know what style of under cabinet lighting is right for your kitchen? Hopefully, this guide will make it a little easier to make your selection.It’s a good idea to choose your light source first.1. Fluorescent, Xenon, or LED?Fluorescent under cabinet lights are very energy efficient in providing a given amount of light. Moreover, fluorescent light sources give off very little heat. This is a great feature depending on what is stored in the cabinet immediately above the under cabinet fixture or, perhaps, what is lying 12 to 18 inches below the light. While most fluorescent fixtures cannot be dimmed, they can be a wonderful, inexpensive option.Xenon lights are not quite as energy efficient and do give off some heat but they have full dimming capacity, and they give off an attractive warm light. (If you love the warm glow of an incandescent light bulb, xenon under cabinet lights are for you). While they are not cool to the touch, the amount of heat emitted is still substantially lower than halogen lights. Heat output can be an important consideration with under cabinet lighting since you’re often installing the lights directly on the underside of food storage cabinets – and above any produce sitting out on the counter.If you’re looking for the most energy efficient option, go with LEDs, which are often dimmable. LEDs are also cool to the touch and will last for 50,000 hours before needing replacement bulbs (that’s almost six years). The initial price tag is a bit more expensive but if you consider your future savings in energy, LED under cabinet lights start to make a lot of sense. They also give off a brilliant white light that is very appealing for kitchen design.2. Puck or Linear?The style of the fixture is another consideration. We usually recommend installing linear under cabinet lights because they provide uniform, well-distributed light for the entire countertop and eliminate shadows. However, a number of people prefer the style of under cabinet puck lights for the kitchen, which create pools of light in more focused areas. Either type of light works fine, this is really just a matter of preference.3. Recessed or Surface mount?A lot of people assume that non-recessed under cabinet lights will have fixtures jutting out unattractively from underneath the cabinets. This really isn’t the case – most of the surface-mount options are so thin that you’d have to literally stick your head underneath the cabinet and look up to see the actual fixture. The good news is that it’s hard to go wrong on this decision.4. Hardwire, Plug-in or Battery Operated?Lighting fixtures that are “hardwired” are connected directly to the power source. Plug-in under cabinet lights, of course, require you to plug in a cord to your nearest electrical outlet. Decide what your preference is for type of installation and placement – if there’s not a well-placed outlet in your kitchen, you will probably want to choose hardwire, or go completely cordless with a battery operated under cabinet light. A number of our under cabinet lights can be set up to be either hardwire or plug-in, but there are a few that do not have both options, so just check out the product listings of hardwire under cabinet lighting and plug-in under cabinet lighting.Our under cabinet lighting page has some really helpful information to explain the options even further. Good luck installing your under cabinet lights, and don’t forget to tell us how it goes!
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Kitchen Cabinet Lighting Ideas

Next Up Easy Under-Cabinet Kitchen Lighting Highlight beautiful countertops and brighten dark spaces by adding under-cabinet lighting to your kitchen. With these simple, step-by-step instructions, anyone can install under-cabinet lighting without an electrician. Installing Under-Cabinet Lighting Lighting under cabinets can add a dramatic accent to your kitchen or bar. Kitchen Lighting Ideas for Under $200 25 Photos Dreamy Kitchen Lighting 11 Photos Kitchen Lighting Design Tips 13 Photos Shedding Light on Kitchen Lighting A lighting plan should be an integral part of a kitchen remodel. Here are some of the main factors to consider. Galley Kitchen Lighting Ideas Explore galley kitchen lighting ideas, and get ready to install a radiant, efficient and attractive galley kitchen in your home. How to Choose Kitchen Lighting Get tips on layering the four types of lighting in your kitchen remodel Outdoor Kitchen Lighting Ideas Outdoor kitchen lighting affects everything from food preparation to mosquito control and is an important part of the design and performance of any outdoor kitchen. Kitchen Lighting Styles and Trends 10 Photos
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Kitchen Cabinet Lighting Ideas

Easy Under-Cabinet Kitchen Lighting Highlight beautiful countertops and brighten dark spaces by adding under-cabinet lighting to your kitchen. With these simple, step-by-step instructions, anyone can install under-cabinet lighting without an electrician. Installing Under-Cabinet Lighting Lighting under cabinets can add a dramatic accent to your kitchen or bar. Kitchen Lighting Ideas for Under $200 25 Photos Dreamy Kitchen Lighting 11 Photos Kitchen Lighting Design Tips 13 Photos Shedding Light on Kitchen Lighting A lighting plan should be an integral part of a kitchen remodel. Here are some of the main factors to consider. Galley Kitchen Lighting Ideas Explore galley kitchen lighting ideas, and get ready to install a radiant, efficient and attractive galley kitchen in your home. How to Choose Kitchen Lighting Get tips on layering the four types of lighting in your kitchen remodel Outdoor Kitchen Lighting Ideas Outdoor kitchen lighting affects everything from food preparation to mosquito control and is an important part of the design and performance of any outdoor kitchen. Kitchen Lighting Styles and Trends 10 Photos
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Kitchen Cabinet Lighting Ideas

Light Fixtures / Accent Lighting / Cabinet LightingAdd inside cabinet lighting and highlight any collection or valuables in your china cabinet, hutch, or curio case with attractive accent lighting. Cabinet lighting is a unique and effective way of highlighting certain pieces or illuminating the entire collection. With the right lights cabinet interiors come alive! We offer a large selection of in cabinet lighting options, using different light sources and form factors so you can find the right in cabinet light for your project.Helpful Lighting Tips and Information Below READ MORE
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Kitchen Cabinet Lighting Ideas

Light Fixtures / Accent Lighting / Cabinet LightingAdd inside cabinet lighting and highlight any collection or valuables in your china cabinet, hutch, or curio case with attractive accent lighting. Cabinet lighting is a unique and effective way of highlighting certain pieces or illuminating the entire collection. With the right lights cabinet interiors come alive! We offer a large selection of in cabinet lighting options, using different light sources and form factors so you can find the right in cabinet light for your project.Helpful Lighting Tips and Information Below
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Kitchen Cabinet Lighting Ideas

Fixture Types Under-cabinet lighting is available as pucks, strips, tape or ropes. Puck lights are available in a variety of finishes to match your décor if they’re visible. The light can be positioned straight down at the work surface or directed toward the backsplash for a more ambient glow. And if you have display shelves or glass cabinet fronts, puck lights are easy to install under shelving for accent lighting. Spacing is important when installing puck lights. Buy enough pucks to allow for one light for every 8 to 12 inches of cabinet space. This creates an even light, without pooling or scallops. Light strips come in several lengths, with customizable options for irregular cabinetry, and with both normal and low voltages. For the most even light distribution, choose fixtures to match your cabinet length. If you are installing several light strips, look for linkable fixtures. This means you’ll have several fixtures connected, working off one outlet. You’ll control all of the fixtures with one parent fixture, including both power and dimming capabilities. Tape lights are a space-saving lighting option. Tiny LEDs are embedded in a flexible tape strip that secures to the bottom of the cabinets with a peel-and-stick adhesive. Tape strips operate off a standard outlet; however, linking the light strips and running the associated wiring can be tricky. If your floorplan isn’t straightforward, it may be best to hire a professional for installation. Rope lights have a larger diameter than tape lights. LED light strings are housed inside plastic tubing that can be installed under cabinets or along toe-kicks. Generally, rope lights are sold in 12-, 24- and 120-volt variants. Because it’s hard to gauge the look of the light from package descriptions, visit the in-store display for light output and color temperature. And to keep things consistent, try to buy all fixtures from the same family of products to ensure color continuity throughout your kitchen. Shop Under-Cabinet Lighting Good to KnowDirectional under-cabinet lighting allows the user to direct the light source down at the countertop or back towards the backsplash. These fixtures are usually special order, not in-stock. Speak with a sales associate for additional details.

Kitchen Cabinet Lighting Ideas

Kitchen Cabinet Lighting Ideas