Under Cabinet Lights

Under cabinet lights are both attractive and practical, and suitable for any room in your home. They are most commonly found in the kitchen, where they provide task lighting that helps you see what you’re doing when you're preparing food. Under cabinet lights are bright, yet subtle enough to blend nicely with the rest of the room and to create a welcoming ambience to the area.

There are many different types of under cabinet LED lighting options, as well as different fixtures and styles you can choose to match your kitchen decor. At Simple Lighting, we have experts on-hand to advise you on the best under cabinet lights for your kitchen cabinets, display cabinets, and much more. Under cabinet LED lighting is bright, energy-efficient, and the perfect way to illuminate your space.

Choosing the right under cabinet lights

Choosing the right lighting fixture for any project can be a quite challenging task – especially with under cabinet lighting, since there are several factors that you need to consider. Here are a few details to help you make the right decision for kitchen under cabinet lighting:

  • Classic Under Cabinet Light Fittings or LED Strip Lights. Decide if you’d prefer a classic, spotlight-style fitting, or to go for a trendy, modern look using LED strip lights or LED Tape.
  • Recessed or Surface Mounted. Consider whether you want your under cabinet lights to be recessed, so they sit flush with the surface, or surface mounted, where they are attached to the cabinet without the need for additional holes to be made.
  • Voltage and LED Drivers. While choosing your fittings, make sure that whichever voltage you choose (12V or 14V usually), you have a power supply or LED driver which will be able to power and regulate your under cabinet light.
  • IP Rating. These ratings will show you how resistant to dust and moisture your under cabinet light fittings and bulbs are. Although there are no set regulations for kitchen lighting, choosing a light which is more resistant to dust and water couldn’t hurt.
  • LED Colour Options. All of our LED lights come in different colour options, including warm white, natural white, and cool white. We also have colour-changing under cabinet lights, so you can get as creative as you like in the kitchen!
  • Extra Features. Our under cabinet LED lighting can be controlled in a variety of ways, including a mini link in-line switches and motion sensors. With motion sensors, you can turn the lights off and on with just a wave of a hand, which is a great option for a room where your hands may get wet or covered in food! Dimmer switches are also useful to change the brightness of the lights, and even save energy.

The benefits of under cabinet lights

Since there are so many options you can choose from, you might be wondering: why exactly should I pick under cabinet lighting for the kitchen? While there are plenty of benefits to under cabinet LED lights, here are some of the main reasons people choose them.

  1. Provides extra illumination, which is perfect for kitchens where we cook and prepare food. By placing LED lighting below your kitchen cabinets, you get extra light where you need it most. Delicate tasks like chopping vegetables or icing cakes are much easier with under cabinet lighting.
  2. More energy-efficient, with less heat output. Whereas traditional bulbs often get quite hot, LED lights use diodes which emit light without generating heat. This is one of the factors that make them more energy-efficient than traditional bulbs, meaning you get more brightness for your buck!
  3. Beautiful design and ambience. Under cabinet lights are both stylish and space-saving. Often hidden from view until you turn them on, they can be the perfect addition to a room with a more modern, minimalist design. They can even be customised with cool or warm tones, and colour-changing hues if you’re feeling creative!

Types of under cabinet lights

At Simple Lighting, you can browse through our extensive range of LED under cupboard lights to make your kitchen look even better. Whatever your project, style, or decor, you'll find fixtures and lamps to complement it perfectly. Choose from a wide variety of styles, wattages, colour temperatures, and shapes including round, triangle, wedge, and recessed plinth lights.

As well as a variety of designs, you can also choose from a range of different finishes. Choose between aluminium, chrome, nickel, and stainless steel, with a brushed, matte, polished or satin finish. With so many choices, you're sure to find lighting fixtures to suit your personal style.

How to wire under cabinet lights

The simplest way to wire under cupboard lights is to purchase lighting that you can connect directly into a socket. These work just as well as mains-connected, integrated lighting and are perfect if you have a socket that’s close to the cabinets.

If there are no available plug sockets nearby, and you are confident with electrical work, it is possible to connect your under cabinet lighting to the mains yourself.

First, you will need to find an existing outlet power source that is able to handle the extra workload of the under cabinet lighting. Then add either an initial junction box or an LED driver which will regulate the power supply to your lights. Run cables from the power source (preferably protected by flex) either behind or in the back of your cabinets, so they’re hidden.

Then, connect the cable to your chosen light switch and run the wires to where you’re planning on installing the under cabinet lights. Then, all you have to do is install the lighting and connect them up.

Are LED under cabinet lights dimmable?

Under cabinet LED lights can be dimmable, as long as all of the components in your lighting set-up. Your bulbs, light fittings and LED drivers must all be dimmer-compatible if they are to be connected to a dimmer switch.

Components which are incompatible will either buzz, flicker, or simply fail to work, so it’s vital to make sure everything you purchase for your under cabinet lights are dimmer-compatible at the buying stage.

How to install under cabinet lights

Ideally, you’d install under cabinet lighting during a kitchen renovation, but it is possible to do so without causing any major disruption to the existing kitchen. First, you may need to run wires from the aforementioned cables through to where you’ve put the light fixture, depending on the distance between the cables and the light. If you can do this through the back of cabinets or a stud wall, all the better.

Connect the light fixtures to the wires, then connect the wires to the switch box, outlet box, and junction box.

Always make sure the power is off when doing this kind of work. At this point, you should have successfully wired and installed the under cabinet lighting.

If you’ve decided to use under cabinet lighting that can be plugged into a plug socket, then simply screw it into place. Remember, if you’re unsure about installing and wiring light fixtures, you should hire an electrician. This work can be dangerous if you don’t know what you’re doing.

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