Under Cabinet Kitchen Lighting
Under Cabinet Kitchen Lighting
Under cabinet kitchen lighting is just one of several ways you
can illuminate your kitchen. Other light resources include:
Track Lighting (which currently is a
bit out of vogue)
Drop-down or pendant lighting (very
popular and seen often above islands, peninsulas, or kitchen tables)
Rope lighting for accenting either
above or below your cabinets
Curio lighting (an economical way to
illuminate bookcases, curios, or glass cabinetry within your kitchen)
The photo at right takes advantage of recessed lighting,
pendant lighting (above the island), and under cabinet kitchen lighting.
Under cabinet kitchen lighting not only illuminates your kitchen
countertop surfaces making it easier to work, it can create the right "mood" in
your kitchen when you are entertaining, or just brightens your kitchen.
HARDWIRING YOUR KITCHEN - AN EASY FLIP
OF THE SWITCH ONCE IT'S DONE
If you are building a new house, the way to go is to hardwire
your under cabinet kitchen lighting (versus using plug-ins). Your
electrician will do this for you. Before you let your electrician have at
it, be sure to:
Have up-to-date kitchen cabinet plans
for him or her.
You want your electrician to see exactly where your cabinetry
will be. This will help ensure he puts the wires in the right spots.
Have an idea of what type of under
cabinet kitchen lighting you are going to use.
You can get any number of types of under cabinet kitchen
lighting. Some will be sleek and thin ( 5/8" to 3/4" depth), others will
be thicker. You may want your cabinet maker to increase the size (width)
of the bottom rail of your cabinet to ensure you won't be looking at under
cabinet kitchen lighting instead of the bottom of your cabinets. Often, if
the bottom rail is 2", that's enough.
You can always add a bottom piece of decorative trim to your
cabinets, if need be, to cover these lights.
Common Types of Under Cabinet Lighting:
Fluorescents (problem is they can't
be dimmed without special equipment)
Fluorescents with natural light color
Cold cathode lights (similar to neon
but brighter, and they stay cool)
Halogen bulbs (they are not as hot as
incandescent lighting, but they will get hot)
Xenon (slightly cooler than halogen
and long lasting)
LED lighting (very long lasting)
If YOU ARE NOT GOING TO HARDWARE YOUR
KITCHEN, YOU DO HAVE OPTIONS
There are always new lights coming into the market. Many
lights can be simply installed under your kitchen cabinets, and with purchase of
additional wires, can be linked together. Depending on the light, you can
link together as many as 10 lights. This is wonderful if you have to plug
the set it. One plug in, and one flip of a switch and they are all on.
There are also snap together systems that need no wiring, and
infrared remote control units.
DECORATING THE TOP OF YOUR CABINETRY
An easy way to add ambiance to your kitchen, especially during
the holidays, is to lay rope lighting in your color of choice on the top of your
kitchen cabinets. This works if you have open soffits. You can also
add rope lighting to the bottom of your cabinets, under the toe kick, for a
"floating" kitchen cabinet look.
If you are building a new home, remember to have the electrician
place a plug in above where your cabinets will be so you can decorate using rope
CURIO LIGHTING IS A TERRIFIC ACCENT
The photo at right takes advantage of curio lights. The
glass featured in this recessed curio/wine cabinet we built and installed is
hammered glass. Even though you cannot see clearly through the glass, the
lighting adds something extra and beautiful.
Have fun with your kitchen. Under cabinet kitchen
lighting, and other lighting options add great flair and fun to your kitchen
And remember - HAVE A HAPPY KITCHEN!!
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