There are several types of under cabinet lighting and many reasons to spice up your kitchen with a cabinet light style that compliments your kitchen design.
Cabinet Lighting - Functions
Under cabinet lighting has two essential functions in your kitchen. Firstly, it provides task lighting for countertop food prep and other work conditions. Secondly, it provides accent lighting to highlight your magnificent countertop and backsplash. Accent lighting in cabinets with glass cupboard doors creates a nice ambient light when main kitchen lights are off. If you have crown molding installed with enough space above the kitchen cabinets, using your under cabinet lights on top of the cabinets can create a wonderful uplighting effect.
Where To Use Under Cabinet Lighting
In a kitchen the task areas are directly over the countertop, stove and kitchen sink.
Placing a single cabinet light, or two small recessed lights over the sink is both attractive and useful. Generally, the stove can be lit by a range hood or overhead microwave, but if this is not practical or affordable then under cabinet lighting can work there too. Countertops are illuminated with under cabinet lighting, with choices of endless styles, and several types of lighting. Types of under cabinet lighting include simple fluorescent fixtures (more economical), low voltage linear track (can be dimmed for ambiance), xenon fixtures and halogen fixtures. For best results, use xenon as they are cooler and have a longer bulb life than halogen.
Once task lighting is solved, you can also consider any accent lighting that may improve your kitchen. As mentioned, where there is space above the cabinets, cove lighting or under cabinet lighting can be used on top cabinets and will look wonderful. Tray ceilings finished in crown molding benefit greatly from this type of lighting. Other alternatives are a low-voltage track or LED rope light. Either way, under cabinet lighting can add that extra touch that makes your kitchen unique.
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