Under cabinet lighting can have a profound effect on your kitchen areas. Let’s be honest, for many people the kitchen is one of the most clinical rooms in the house, but if you are looking to add warmth and colour, and create a striking look for your kitchen, there’s little doubt that under cabinet lighting can help.
But with so many options to choose from, how can you be sure you are making the right purchase?
Here are our Best 5 Tips on Under Cabinet Lighting for your Kitchen
It’s all about the countertops
First and foremost, the type of under cabinet lighting you buy is dependent on the type of countertop you have in your kitchen. Let’s say you have a dark finish – some kind of black natural stone, for example. In this case, you need to choose an under counter lighting set that has a high lumen value to make sure the light doesn’t get absorbed by the darkness. If your countertop is white or very light, look for a low lumen value, or you could end up being constantly dazzled while in the kitchen. It’s the same principal for glossy finishes – the light will reflect, so choose a low lumen set or one that includes diffusing lenses. And finally, matte finishes are able to reflect light really smoothly, so you can pretty much choose from any option you like.
Find the right light source
You have options when it comes to under cabinet lighting. We wouldn’t recommend Fluorescent lights they’re old news now. LED lights are by far the most energy efficient option, they can be dimmed, and also give off hardly any heat.
Decide on your shape
Under cabinet lights come in a huge range of different shapes and sizes, from triangles and circles through to LED strips that are available in the exact length you need and are bendable like a tape measure. If you are looking for uniform lighting that distributes light evenly along an entire surface, LED Tape lights (A.K.A. LED Strip) are probably the best option. But the standalone ‘puck’ lights and shaped single lights are excellent for providing light onto highly focused areas.
Choose your installation type
The next step is to make a choice about how you fix your lighting. Most surface mounted lights will be very noticeable, (unless you choose a super slim design like the Recti) as they are mounted on the surface of your cabinets. Your other option is to go for recessed fittings. These will tuck into your cabinets and look slick, smooth and in context with the rest of your kitchen.
Select your power source
Finally, you have several options when it comes to choosing your power source. You can buy plug-in sockets that simply go into your kitchen electricity sockets. Alternatively, you can choose hardwired fixtures, which work in a similar way to your main lights. These are best if you want a permanent, clean and tidy finish.
Any more questions? Call Simple Lighting today for all your under cabinet lighting needs.