Under Cabinet Lighting Options

by Susan Cioffi 12/29/2019

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Your kitchen is the ultimate workspace, but only if it has the lighting needed to properly illuminate your work area. Without the right lighting, you could end up fumbling through your tasks, failing to complete them to the best of your ability. Thankfully, resolving that problem is as easy as installing LEDs under the cabinets. Here’s what you need to know about this awesome lighting solution for your kitchen.

Types of Under-Cabinet LEDs

When choosing under cabinet lighting for your kitchen, the following types tend to work best.

Pucks

Resembling hockey pucks in size and shape, LED pucks allow you to shine light wherever you need it. As a standalone lighting option, these typically use batteries for power, giving you virtually unlimited placement options. But remember, if you choose this design, make sure you have plenty of batteries on hand to avoid losing light when you need it most.

Bars

Available in a variety of sizes and shapes, LED bars are the most popular under cabinet option. These lights securely fasten to the bottom of whatever cabinet you like and plug right into a nearby outlet for power. Since these use a plug, you are somewhat limited in placement options, depending on your kitchen design.

Strips

For a little more flexibility, you may want to consider LED strip lights, which come in a variety of lengths and sizes. These strips are typically plug in, though some run on batteries instead. Their extra length can make it easier to place them in hard to reach areas that are far from an outlet.

Once you decide which LED light design you favor most, you can pick up as many as you need to create the task lighting of your dreams.

Key LED Light Features for Under Cabinets

Under cabinet LED lights have a large price range, which is largely built around the standard features included with each unit. At the high end of the price range you might find lights with dimmable bulbs, motion sensors, and even color-changing features. At the low end, you just get basic lights that can be turned off and on with the press of a button.

To find your ideal options, take a look at your expectations, budget, and kitchen activities. If you frequently need extra light while cutting up meat, for example, you may want motion sensors to have light on demand without having to flick a switch.  

Installation Tips for Under Cabinet Lighting

Whether you choose strips, bars, or pucks, there are a few things to remember when installing these lights:

  • Perform a mockup to determine if their placement will provide the light you seek
  • Check that the lights function properly before installing them in your desired location
  • Measure your installation points to accurately line up the lights where you want them

When you take the time to select and install your LED under cabinet lights, you can transform your kitchen into a truly effective workspace. So, get started in planning this smart upgrade to treat yourself to a well-illuminate space to complete all your kitchen tasks.

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Susan Cioffi

My name is Susan Cioffi. I have been a Realtor for 17  years now. I pride myself in customer service. I have won the Diamond award for volume with my first brokerage, but also won the Customer Service award that same year, so I am very proud of that. I specialize as a Listing Agent,  Property Management, New Home Sales, Buyers, Waterfront, Rentals, Condo Conversions in the South Shore Area (Riverview, Apollo Beach, Lithia, Brandon, Gibsonton). I am active in the community and with the Riverview Chamber of Commerce. Awarded Volunteer of the year in 2007. Also giving to various charities. Each year we raise money to help homeless veterans in the area with their Christmas gift. Also give to Children's Miracle network all year with every closing I have.

Originally from Boston, we moved here over 18 years ago. It's hard to believe it's been that long. We miss family and friends but we love the Florida Lifestyle. I have been married for almost 32 years to my husband, Vin. I have two wonderful children, Vincent (30), and Christopher (25), and a dog, Bandit. Plus my first grandchild, Colton, who is 2and 1/2.   I also have my mother that live right down the street from house, and my brothers are also close to us. We live in the great community of Lake St Charles.