Under Cabinet Lighting: Types and Best Options

Under cabinet lighting provides various sources of light which makes it a perfect lighting solution for kitchens. It can be used as task light for chopping vegetables on the counter or doing other such kitchen activities.

 

Under cabinet lights are also useful for lighting display cases, stair cases, work stations, shelves, kitchen cabinets, and bathroom closets.

 

When you add under cabinet lighting to your existing kitchen cabinets, it removes disruptive tear-out in walls and minimizes the tedious work of fishing cables from attic or basement.

 

So, if you’re planning to add or replace under cabinet lighting in your kitchen or other area, here are types available in the market:

 

  1. Puck Lights:The hockey puck-shaped lighting fixtures are round and popular for having many versions. Plug lights don’t even need to be plugged in or hard-wired. There are battery-operated puck light models available with LED bulbs that simply stick to your cabinet’s underside. These lights work best for rental kitchens or where wiring is prohibited by expense. Puck lights had xenon bulbs generally before LEDs came into existence, which made them undesirable for kitchen use.

 

  1. T4 Fluorescent Strips:T4 bulbs come with a diameter of just 1/2-inch which makes it a sleek fixture unlike T12. Fluorescent bulbs available today are much improved version of their predecessors. They don’t delay when you switch on them, their colour value is improved, and they don’t even produce a hum.

 

  1. LED Strips:They look a lot like slimmer fluorescent strips, they also burn cool like fluorescent, however, LED bulbs have much longer life than that of fluorescents which makes them best option for kitchen lighting. The only drawback of LED strips is that they are most expensive option. The fixture type is new and their prices are yet to settle. Some people may also find their colour a bit cool for their tastes. There are some LED models that may need an external transformer, making it bulky. Test them out in-store if possible so that you don’t get disappointed later.

 

  1. LED Rope/ Tape:They’re extremely thin, and easy to install. LED rope or tape is visually discreet, flexible, and they’re less likely to get bumped when you work at kitchen counter. On negative part, they don’t put much light so; they might not complement a strong overhead lighting in your kitchen.

 

VGK Lighting online platform has a plethora of under cabinet lighting solutions to choose from. You can browse through its wide range of best quality under cabinet lighting fixtures online including Xenon under cabinet lighting, fluorescent under cabinet lighting, and halogen under cabinet lighting.

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