Lighten Up Your Kitchen With Under Cabinet Lighting

Alexa Morales

You can add some light into dark areas in your kitchen with under cabinet lighting. These lights can fit in small spaces, and they fit well under the cabinets. Below are different types of under cabinet lighting you can choose for your kitchen.

Plug-In Fixtures

Using plug-in fixtures for your under cabinet lighting is easy, and you can do it yourself. They attach underneath the cabinet, and they plug into an electrical outlet. You have to use a switch to turn them off and on.

Strip Lights

You can also use fluorescent strips. These lights are touch operated on the surface, and also easy to install. They are wire free, as they are battery operated. They are available in a wide range of wattages so you can achieve the brightness you want. If you choose high wattage halogen bulbs, you have to be careful that you do not put them near anything that is flammable, as they do get very hot.

Hard-Wired Light Fixtures

If you want to make an investment, you should consider hard-wired light fixtures. Once you install them, they become invisible with no wires showing. If they are not installed during a home construction, you may have to make some modifications to your cabinets.

If you choose these lights, you should hire an electrician to install them for you. Being hard-wired, they are tapped into a power source, or the electrician may have to add a new circuit.

Types of Light Bulbs

If you choose to install under cabinet lighting, you should understand the different types of light bulbs so you can choose one that is best for your needs. Some of these bulbs include:

  • LED lights: These lights are efficient, and they generate little heat. They may be more expensive than other lights, but they last longer, as they can last up to 50,000 hours.
  • Incandescent bulbs: These lights are affordable, and they provide you with a bright and warm light. They do use more energy than other bulbs.
  • Fluorescent lights: This type of light is energy-efficient, and is low heat. They emit a greenish-blue hue. They make perfect grow lights, which means you can place houseplants under them to provide them with the light they need to grow. This is helpful on cloudy days.

If you are building a new home, it is the perfect time to install under cabinet lighting. Talk with the contractor before they start building, and tell them where you want this lighting installed. For more information, contact Dhillon Lighting Inc Edmonton or a similar company.