Under Cabinet Lighting

Under cabinet lighting is both attractive and practical, finding use in any room. It is most commonly found in the kitchen, where it provides task lighting that helps you to see what you’re doing when preparing food. This lighting is 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 lighting options, as well as different fixtures. This way, you can select an option that suits your needs and your style perfectly. LED under cabinet lights are energy-efficient, bright, and beautiful all at the same time. 

How to Wire Under Cabinet Lighting?

The simplest way to wire under cabinet lights is to purchase lighting that you can connect directly into a socket. These work just as well as other lighting and are ideal if you have a socket near to the cabinets. If you’re unsure about doing any home electrical work, then either choose this option or hire a qualified electrician who can safely connect your lighting to a mains circuit.

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

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 lighting fixtures. Then, all you have to do is install the lighting and connect them up.

How to Install Under Cabinet Lighting?

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 stud wall, all the better.

Connect the light fixtures to the wires, then connect the wires in 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.

What Types of Under Cabinet Lighting?

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

Besides a plethora of designs, you can also choose from different finishing options. Choose between aluminium, chrome, nickel and stainless-steel metals kitchen indoor lighting, with a brushed, matt, polished or satin finish. With multiple choices, you're sure to find lighting fixtures to suit your personal style.

Why Should You Install Under Cabinet Lighting?

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 reasons, here are some of the most predominant ones:

Provides Additional Illumination

In many cases, the overhead lighting is not strong enough to be used when doing tasks that require you to see clearly or to illuminate those hard to reach corners in high-use rooms. Often the main light ends up being behind you as you work or the shadow is casting on your work area, making it hard to see when cooking or preparing food. By placing LED lighting under the kitchen cabinets, you can have focused light exactly where you need it the most.

Less Heat Output

If you were considering adding lighting under your kitchen cabinets, then you should know that LEDs are your best bet. Light-emitting diodes use all the energy for the light, meaning they don't have the same heat output as other bulbs. This also means they are safer to use in the kitchen where they will be close to food which could be sensitive to heat.

Beautiful Design and Ambiance

Installing lighting under kitchen cabinets instead of having additional ceiling pendants or floor lamps makes the best use of space. They are usually completely hidden from view until turned on, which means that they are a perfect addition to a room with a more modern and minimalist design. Depending on the type of LED under cabinet lighting installed, you can give your kitchen a cosy feel or opt for a more contemporary look with a cooler tone.

Are LED Under Cabinet Lights Dimmable?

They are, but some dimmers aren’t designed to work with LED lights. If this is the case, or you aren’t sure, then find and install a dimmer which is.

Choosing the Right Under Cabinet Lighting?

Choosing the right lighting fixture for any project can be a quite challenging task - especially 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:

Recessed vs Surface Mounted

The LED under cabinet lighting can be either recessed or surface-mounted. When installing a recessed light, you'll need to cut a hole in the cabinet or the surface, which leaves little or no part of the fixture visible. A surface-mounted light is easier to install and requires no cutting or modifying of cabinets. Both of our recessed and surface fixtures come in different designs and styles.

Mini Link LED Strip Lights

Another option for your under cabinet lighting is the simple to install LED strip light. They come in handy DIY kits and are available in different lengths. To make the light fit your cabinets, simply measure the length of your cabinet where you are planning on installing the lights and cut off the same length from your LED strip.

Multiple Colour Options

All of our LED lights come in different colour options, including various temperatures of white, namely warm, natural, neutral and cool white. We also have under cabinet lighting which provides multicoloured light, so you can get as creative as you like in the kitchen. Additionally, these LED lights can be adjusted using two types of controllers - knob controllers or remote RGB controllers. Which one you choose depends solely on what you believe to be more practical.

IP Rating

To put it simply, an IP rating shows you how much the product you are purchasing is prone to liquids and solids. The IP rating, short for Ingress Protection or International Protection, consists of two numbers - the first one being the level of protection against the solids, and the second one being the level of protection against the liquids. While there are no official regulations when it comes to how high the IP rating should be in the lighting used in the kitchen, having one that is highly resistant to dirt and dust definitely wouldn't hurt.

Lower Voltage

The under cabinet lighting is a low voltage lighting, with either 12V or 24V required. The low voltage means that you can easily use smaller light fixtures - a perfect solution when it comes to placing lighting under the cabinets, full of tight spaces. Depending on the lighting fixture you choose, you may require a LED driver to convert mains voltage to the appropriate lower level.

CRI

CRI stands for colour rendering index, and it's a scale, ranging from 0 to 100, which tells you how 'accurate' items look under that particular light. Sounds confusing? Well, CRI can be a little tricky, which is why the best way of explaining what we mean is by giving you an example. 

Let's say that you have a tomato, and are trying to see how ripe it is. A light that is perfectly accurate will show you the colour of the tomato as it is in natural light. An inaccurate light, on the other hand, will make the tomato's colour different, which means that despite your efforts, you might have a hard time judging correctly whether the tomato is ripe. 

When it comes to the under cabinet kitchen lighting, you should choose products with a CRI over 90. The under cabinet light's CRI is located either on the packaging or on the product specification sheet. 

Extra Features

Our LED under cabinet lighting can be controlled in a variety of ways, including a mini link in-line switch 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 in doing so, create different moods. Dimmable under cabinet lights also help you to cut down on energy usage.

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