What Can Under Cabinet Lighting Do for Your Kitchen?
Have you ever been preparing a meal in your kitchen only to be frustrated by the lack of direct light? If so, you may want to consider LED under cabinet lighting. Under cabinet lighting provides direct illumination on the countertops, so you have more visibility when chopping ingredients or preparing your meals. They also provide a great ambient effect for your kitchen. Under cabinet LED lighting can be completely concealed at eye level. The lights themselves are small and can be hidden by the trim of your cabinets so all you see is the light they emit. In the following post, we will be answering all of your questions about under cabinet lighting. If you would prefer to speak directly to a kitchen lighting expert, just give us a call here at Hoover Electric!
Temperature and Color Temperature
For a lot of home chefs, temperature in the kitchen is a major concern. When you have your oven and your stove going, it can get downright sweltering. Many people wonder if LED lights get hot. Compared to traditional incandescent lighting, LED lights are much cooler. They won’t warm up the surrounding areas nearly as much as traditional light bulbs, which is why they are a safe and comfortable option for a busy kitchen.
Then there is the matter of color temperature. LED color temperature refers to how yellow or blue the LED light is. For example, an LED light with a color temperature of 2700k has a yellow hue that is very similar to an incandescent light bulb. On the other end of the spectrum is 6500k, which looks bluer and mimics natural daylight. However, there are more choices on the scale and the right color temperature for you will depend on your preferences.
Under Cabinet Lighting Options
Another great thing about these kinds of lights is that there are many different options. The main types include:
- Light Bars – Light bars are long, thin lights that are attached to the underside of the cabinet. They are great for when you need good light dispersion.
- Puck Lights – Puck lights are short, cylindrical lights that create more of a spotlight effect.
- Strip Lights – Strip lights are long, flexible rows of light that can be placed easily in complex areas. They don’t give off as much light as light bars, but can work in many more settings.
It’s also important to note that different types of lights can be plugged in or run off of a battery. There is even the option to have your under cabinet lighting hardwired, so all you have to do is flip a switch to turn it on or off. Placement is also important. If you are using a plug-in option, you may want to run the electrical outlet behind the face of the cabinet to create a more streamlined look.
Contact Hoover Electric
No matter what type of under cabinet lighting you want for your kitchen, we can install it for you here at Hoover Electric. Improve the lighting and ambiance of your kitchen today!