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Under Cabinet Lighting 101

Under cabinet lighting is both a practical and elegant lighting solution. Ideal for use in kitchens, home offices and bathrooms, under cabinet lights add a soft ambience and romantic feel to rooms. These lights are also very functional additions for turning counter tops and desks into usable workspaces.

There are several ways to go about lighting under cabinets. It is our hope to educate and inform you of these options so you can make a wise purchasing decision when you are ready to buy and install these versatile fixtures.

Under cabinet lights are most often attached to wall-mount upper cabinets. However, these lights can also be used for above cabinet lighting to create a fresh ambiance and add visual intrique. Under cabinet lighting is either battery operated or wired – with the lamps, plugs and wiring installed to be hidden from view. These lights feature a low-profile design to be easily concealed by a cabinet’s molding.

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Types of Under Cabinet Lighting

LED Options

Under cabinet lighting is an easy way to incorporate LED technology into your home. Not only is it easy to find cost-effective options for this application, LEDs operate at a much cooler temperature, making them a good fit for warm areas, such as the kitchen. Additionally, LEDs are a smart solution for energy saving benefits, as the lamp itself can last for nearly two decades, largely reducing maintenance inconveniences.

Puck Lights

Under cabinet puck lights are small circular disks that can be installed individually, or in a pack that is wired together. The Progress Lighting Hide-A-Lite LED puck light offers a linkable option, and the fixture only uses 4W of input power.

Linear Lights

Linear lights are rectangular lights that are complete with the light, wiring and on and off switch – all in one unit. Progress Lighting offers a series of LED under cabinet lights in this setup, available in a variety of colors and sizes for differing applications.

Tape Lights

LED tape lights are most often sold on a roll in various lengths. The strip can be cut to fit a specific width. Progress Lighting’s LED tape light offers a low profile to aid in task lighting for kitchens and other areas within the home. The low-voltage, 100W energy-efficient LED tape can be lengthened with a 6” connector cable or 90-degree connector.

Have you experienced the aesthetic and functional benefits of under cabinet lighting? What tips would you add?