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Under Cabinet Lighting
|Under cabinet lights are an invaluable addition to any kitchen, office space, or shelving unit. They provide a source of evenly distributed light that adds both function and style to a space. Our wide selection of under counter lighting is available in xenon, LED, or T2, T4, or T5 fluorescent. Choose from puck lights, hardwire, linkable, low-profile, energy-efficient, plug-in, and dimmable fixtures for your undercabinet lighting. If you need visual inspiration, view this dramatic scene to see what under cabinet lighting can do for your kitchen.|
Thinking about installing plug-in under cabinet lighting? Here’s a short video showing an installation of our Xenon Line Voltage Thin Under Cabinet Task Lights. Note that these light fixtures were plugged into an outlet behind the refrigerator. Plug-in kitchen under cabinet lighting is a great option for renters that cannot install permanent fixtures.
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However, under cabinet lights are not just for kitchen countertop lighting. The bright, focused illumination from an under cabinet light’s slim profile is also ideal for offices, work stations in hospitals or doctors’ offices, bookcases, shelving, and more. Basically, under cabinet lighting excels as an application in any area where you need task lighting and want the look to be contemporary and subtle. So, whether you need LED under counter lights for a kitchen or some other space, we have what you are looking for.
Heard of these light fixtures by another name, and wondering if you’ve come to the right page? Under cabinet lights are also regularly referred to as under counter lights, undermount lights, under the cabinet lighting, task lighting fixtures, kitchen under cabinet lighting and under cupboard lighting.
Efficiency is a general term that can be measured in a few different ways. For example, you might compare the amount of light output per watt of energy consumed. In fact, the term for that is efficacy. Our fluorescent under cabinet lights have the best rated efficacy out of our selections, so we consider them to be incredibly efficient as well. These under cabinet lighting options deliver impressive light output while consuming very little energy.
Keep in mind that using a dimmer will maximize efficiency of your under cabinet light fixture as well. If you select a xenon light fixture and install it with dimmer switches, you’ll decrease your energy use significantly, while adding an under counter lighting feature that enables you to control the ambiance!
One more thing about installation: We usually recommend that under cabinet kitchen lighting be placed as close to the front/face of the cabinet as possible. This is a matter of personal preference (in the video, the installation is closer to the back wall), but if you’re looking for the best task lighting for food preparation in the kitchen, the front of the cabinet will give you the brightest illumination for countertops when installing under cabinet lights.
On the other hand, if you’re installing under cabinet accent lighting for decorative illumination - perhaps inside a cabinet over a piece of artwork - you should center the light fixture over the artwork or decorative piece.
For those of you with granite countertops in the kitchen, you may be wondering about how the under cabinet lighting will reflect. Unfortunately, granite is a highly polished surface; so you are going to see a reflection of the light fixture no matter what. The best way to minimize the reflection is to ensure your light fixture has a lens over the light bulbs.
Some low voltage under cabinet lights have the transformer built-in within the light fixture. Some require you to use a "remote transformer" which will be installed somewhere nearby. You might install it under the cabinet along with the lights, inside the cabinet above the lights, inside a cabinet below the lights, or even in a basement below. You’ll want the transformer to be out of sight but also easily accessible (so don’t install it behind a wall). Also, don’t place it too far away from the light fixture or you might have voltage drop.
So, why would you use a low voltage light fixture over line voltage if it requires an extra component? One advantage of low voltage is that it tends to give off less heat than line voltage light fixtures. Also, low voltage lighting usually enables you to have smaller light bulbs - and thus, smaller light fixtures. That’s why most of our puck under cabinet lights are low voltage.
If you see that an under cabinet light is "linkable," it means that it can be connected easily to a second (or third) light fixture with either a Flexible Connector or a Linking Cable. You can install a long line of under cabinet lights flush with one another using these accessories. If the light fixture is not linkable, you can usually still connect it to another, but it will require the use of household ROMEX® wire. Note that flexible connectors or linking cables should not be used to connect an under cabinet light directly to line voltage power.
Finally, a quick note on dimmers: If you are installing a dimmer with your under cabinet fixtures, remember that it should always be connected between the source of electricity and the fixture. For example, if you’re using a dimmer to control a low voltage transformer, always install it between the source of power and the line voltage (120 volt) side of the transformer, not the low voltage (12 or 24 volt) side.
Written by Chris Johnson
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