3 Best Under Cabinet Lighting Ideas

under cabinet lighting in the kitchen

Looking for ideas to improve your kitchen’s interior? You might as well consider installing under cabinet lighting. 

You may not realize it, but putting under cabinet lighting can make your cooking sessions easier. By casting shadows in your kitchen, you can do more precise tasks on your countertop, such as slicing and dicing ingredients.

Additionally, under cabinet lights also add more beauty and practical illumination, not just in your kitchen but also in your room or work station.

Read on to find the best under cabinet lighting ideas and learn some tips in choosing the right light fixtures for your home. 

3 Under Cabinet Lighting Ideas For Your Home

Try any of these under cabinet lighting options for your home!

1. Puck Light

If you’re aiming for a seamless-looking, low-profile light, considering investing in a hardwired cabinet lighting. 

Once installed, these under cabinet puck lights become virtually invisible while adding a dramatic ambiance. Some models are battery-powered, so you can use them if you need a DIY accent lighting in your pantry, bookcases, and even in your closets!

2. Light Bars

If you want an easy-to-install and energy-efficient lighting system, a LED under-cabinet light bar is the perfect choice for you. 

These plug-in fixtures can be installed to the underside of your cabinet or shelf and plugged into any nearby electrical sockets. These lights also come with an on/off switch.

Aesthetic-wise, the clear plastic tubes in these lights are filled with small LED bulbs that provide a soft glow to your kitchen or room.

3. Led Tape Lights

led tape lights

Also known as strip or rope lights, these LED tapes are an affordable and easy-to-install under cabinet lighting alternative.

Aside from the shallow lighting profile, LED tapes can fit in small spaces, making it more convenient and fun to customize. You can cut them in different sizes and simply install them to the underside of your cabinets, toe kicks, or even in your outdoor deck!

What to Look for in Choosing the Right Under Cabinet Lighting

Here are some things you need to consider when looking for the perfect under cabinet light for your home:

1. Type of Light (Fluorescent, Xenon, or LED)

Fluorescent lights are an affordable and energy-efficient type with low-heat output. They emit a cool, greenish-blue hue.

Xenon lights, on the other hand, are often expensive but have the longest life span among other light bulbs. They are incandescent yet energy-efficient with bright and warm illumination.

LED lights are in-demand for their brilliant white illumination, long life, low heat output, and high-energy savings. It is known to be 90% more efficient compared to incandescent lighting.

2. Fixture Style (Puck or Linear)

Linear under cabinet lights provide uniform and well-distributed glow in your entire countertop, while puck lights create pools of light in your desired focus areas.

3. Power Source (Hardwire, Plug-in or Battery Operated)

Hardwired lighting products are connected directly to the nearest power source.

Plug-in lights, on the other hand, come with an on/off switch and can be plugged into the nearest electrical outlet.

There are battery-operated under cabinet lighting alternatives, too, for those who want to go cordless.

Install an Under Cabinet Lighting Now!

Quality lighting is important in every household. These under cabinet lighting ideas will help you improve both the aesthetics and practicality of your home.

Don’t hesitate to call the customer service of your light brand if you need additional help in installing the fixtures.

Consult your local, licensed electrician to ensure safe installations of these under cabinet lighting, or if you need additional lights in other parts of your home, 

Have you tried installing under cabinet lighting fixtures at your home? Share your experience in the comments section below!

Jeff Brandlin - Assurance Electrical Services Prescott Arizona

Jeff Brandlin is the founder of Assurance Electrical Services, LLC. He started in the electrical industry when he was 21 and had worked in several electrical firms before founding Assurance Electrical. Jeff is dedicated to providing the best quality service to his clients and always puts their needs first. Outside work, Jeff enjoys spending time with his wife and children.

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