Lighting is an important aspect in any room design. But when it comes to your kitchen, the lighting you choose needs to be a solid combination of style and utility. Afterall, using a chef’s knife in dim lighting isn’t the greatest idea.
Enter: under-cupboard lighting. Having lighting underneath your upper cabinets can be a great way to incorporate useful, ambient lighting into the working areas of your kitchen. Not only will it illuminate the space, but the light fixtures you choose can add to the aesthetic of the room as well.
4 Ideas to Consider When Choosing Under-Cabinet Lighting
Use Light Temperature to Your Advantage
The color, or temperature, of your lighting can really make an impact on the visibility and ambiance of your kitchen. The right tone for your kitchen depends on what you’re looking for. Yellow lights, like traditional incandescent lights, are great for warming up a space, while cool LED lights are ideal for brightening up kitchens with very little natural light. Cool lights also look great in modern, stainless steel kitchens with cooler tones throughout.
Keep the Heat Down With Energy Efficient Lights
If you’re green-minded, or just want to cut down on your electricity bill, consider going with Energy Star certified under-cupboard lighting. LEDs are also a great option, and now come in a variety of tones, including those of warmer, traditional lightbulbs, allowing you to modernize your lighting without compromising on the color you want. Additionally, lights that use less energy tend to put off less heat, which can be helpful when you’ve got the oven running on full blast.
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Balance Utility With Affordability
Some under-cabinet lighting options, like the Legrand Under-Cabinet Lighting System, provide customized and moveable lighting options, as well as extra outlets for convenience. However, these systems can cost quite a bit more than other options. For a budget under-cabinet lighting solution, linear fluorescent lights put off a lot of light for a lot less money than other choices.
Use Lighting Shapes to Make the Most of the Space
Linear lights will provide equal, distributed light across the surface, which is ideal if you’re looking for a lot of light over your countertop. Round lights like puck lights will create a more focused, spotlight effect, perfect for those looking for a more dramatic lighting setup in their kitchen. Round lights are also great for highlighting kitchen backsplashes.
There are other things to consider too, such as power source and the type of installation. These are things that your electrical handyman can help you figure out based on your home.
Why should I consider under-cupboard lighting?
Under-cupboard lighting can add to your existing design by eliminating shadows and highlighting countertops and backsplashes. In addition, you can choose light fixtures that go with the style of your room or brighten the existing area.
Need help deciding?
There’s a lot to consider when adding additional light fixtures to your home. Talk with a local electrical handyman today to see what your options are for under-cupboard lighting.
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