The kitchen is the heart of the home. It’s where you cook, gather, and make memories. And that’s why good lighting is so important.

Whether you’re reading a recipe, entertaining, or searching for a midnight snack, LED kitchen plinth lights to help illuminate your space while adding ambience.

Not sure exactly what kitchen plinth lights are or how they work? Keep reading to discover how these small additions can make a big impact on the overall feel and appearance of your kitchen.

What Are Kitchen Plinth Lights?

Plinth lights are small, low-level lights that offer floor lighting for both safety and mood. Plinth lights are popular thanks to their clarity and ability to illuminate the floor without obstruction.

Plinth lights are also easy to clean and offer an elegant finish to any living space. These small lights are most often installed directly to the kickboards/plinths of kitchen cabinets, islands, and other units.

Kitchen plinth lights add both an element of safety and mood lighting to your space.

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Benefits of Kitchen Plinth Lights

Kitchen plinth lights are most often installed for their decorative effect. They also enhance the safety of your kitchen and give it a more modern appearance.
In most cases, overhead kitchen lighting can be overpowering. After all, you need ample lighting to cook, eat, and work safely. But when it’s time to create a more relaxed mood, kitchen plinth lights are the ideal choice.

How to Install Them

Plinth lights are most commonly installed in the kickboards of your kitchen cabinets and other units. Kickboards (a.k.a plinth boards) are a fascia that fits over the recess at the bottom of most cabinets. Their purpose is to hide the supporting legs and gaps below kitchen cabinets.
It’s here that you would install your plinth lights to illuminate the floor and add an elegant feel. When done right, plinth lights make it appear that your kitchen cabinets are floating, which is a unique feature that is sure to have guests talking!
You can also add kitchen plinth lights directly to the cabinet, but using a kickboard helps conceal the lights and create a more polished finish.
Here are a few important steps in the installation process.

Get the Right Tools

It’s ideal to install kitchen plinth lights as part of a kitchen renovation or remodel, although it can be done at any time.
You’ll need a level, drill, tape measure, trap to catch sawdust, and workbench or station. Check to make sure you have an outlet low to the ground for your plinth lights to plug into.

Mark and Drill Your Holes

Once you’ve collected your supplies, it’s time to get to work! Measure your kickboard’s length where you want to install your plinth lights. When you order your lights, it works best to choose the kits with multiple lights in them so you can wire them together in a seamless fashion. Mark where you want your lights — spacing them evenly along the base of your cabinet or kitchen unit. It’s best to do this step by measuring to the center of the board and then measure outward so the lights are evenly spaced. It still looks great if your lights do not quite reach the outer edges of your cabinetry, but starting from the middle will allow even spacing and a professional installation.
Be sure to use the correct size drill bit to avoid your plinth lights from falling through or looking sloppy. The correct diameter for the holes you are drilling are shown on the instructions for your specific lighting kit.

Install and Wire the Lights

After you’re done drilling the holes, you can start dropping the plinth lights into place one at a time. If the wires of your plinth light kit are too long, simply tie the extra wire up with a zip tie and leave it to the side. The lighting kit wires easily with one light being fixed to the next one when you plug in the cable from one to the next and so on down the line. The cable from your last plinth light does not have to return to the control box, allowing you to stop your light installation at any time.
You may need an extension cord or junction to connect the end of the wires to the nearest outlet. Attach any loose wire to the back of the kickboard, all wires should be behind and out of sight for a more polished look. This also eliminates the risk of visitors tripping.
You can also add a timer to your kitchen plinth lights at this point so they turn on automatically at the same time each day. Motion sensors are another popular choice for plinth kitchen lights.

Design Ideas

Does the idea of installing kitchen plinth lights sound appealing, but you aren’t sure how to incorporate them into your home decór?
Here are a few design ideas to help get your creative juices flowing.

Island Oasis

Does your kitchen have an island? Whether you use this centrepiece for cooking, eating, or entertaining, plinth lighting makes this kitchen unit the focal point.
Install plinth lights beneath your island to create an illusion of a floating counter. Plinth lights add a colourful accent below your guests’ feet when placed near the seating side of the island.
Cooks prepping dinner or doing dishes will love a little extra light near their feet as well. Opt for warm LED lights for a more elegant and modern look.

Underneath Cabinets

If your kitchen cabinets have a kickboard already, plinth lighting is the perfect way to illuminate the floor and add a pop of personality to your space.
Install several plinth lights along the kickboard as an accent, as well as a safety feature. Say good-bye to tripping or stumbling as you try to get a glass of water in the middle of the night.
Kitchen plinth lights help light the way for your family and visitors by increasing visibility.

All Shapes and Sizes and More!!

Although most kitchen plinth light fixtures are small in size, you aren’t limited to just one design. Plinth lights come in different shapes with circles and squares being the most popular.

You can also choose waterproof plinth lights to install in your countertops near a workstation, kitchen island or nearby the kitchen sink. You can control some models with a remote control and they come in beautiful colours and colour-changing modes. You may consider adding the same type of lighting on the splashguard of your kitchen sink, in the ceiling and in any other area in your kitchen such as an alcove or a niche for the ultimate in design and unity throughout the entire kitchen area. Blue LED’s work really well if you have gray, slate or white tiles on your kitchen flooring. Warm white LEDs work well for floors in warmer colours and are the best if you have beautiful wooden kitchen flooring.
If you have a more contemporary kitchen with sharp lines and angles, square lighting is the perfect complement. Country-style kitchens might benefit from circular plinth lights. LED light strips are another option that complements any kitchen design and decór.

Another very exciting feature in this style of lighting is that you can control them with your smart home settings through Alexa and other smart home devices. This enables you to easily turn the lights on or off, dim them or brighten them to any percentage you wish when you choose a kit with dimmable bulbs. When you choose motion sensor lighting, the light illuminates as you walk through the kitchen at night so there is no need to fumble with light switches when you are finding that all-important midnight snack.

Kitchen Plinth Lighting: Elegance on a Budget

Whether you’re in the thick of a kitchen remodel or simply want to add an elegant flair to your space, kitchen plinth lights are an easy and inexpensive solution.
This small addition makes a big statement and it increases the value of your home in the case you ever want to sell it. This type of lighting is a fairly new concept and it gives you the ultimate in a wow factor.
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Interior designer with a special interest in lighting and how it shapes our perception of a space. Ever since I was a little girl, I loved to rearrange and reimagine virtually every room I’ve gone into, often to the great despair of my family members. I continued to pursue this inclination into adulthood, which has led me to obtain a Master’s Degree in Interior Design from the University of Brighton. Currently, I work as a freelance design consultant, helping new homeowners create a warm and welcoming atmosphere with a special emphasis on the right use of lighting. As a writer for the Simple Lighting blog, I hope to use my field experience to help countless people brighten their homes and utilize their living space in the best way possible.

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