Under Cabinet Lighting Provides Utility and Charm
By Mark J. Donovan
||The use of under kitchen cabinet lighting is a great way to provide utility and style to a kitchen. Unlike ceiling mounted overhead workspace lighting, under kitchen cabinet lighting provides even and unobstructed lighting to kitchen countertop surfaces, and prevents shadows and uneven lighting while preparing meals. Under cabinet lighting also creates a warm and beautiful look to the kitchen cabinets and countertops and consequently is becoming increasingly popular with home buyers.
Under kitchen cabinet lighting is available in several types of lighting technologies, including incandescent, fluorescent, and low voltage LED, Linear, and Xenon halogen lights.
Low voltage under cabinet lighting fixtures typically come in either strips, rope, or puck type mechanical styles and are flush mounted to the underside of the upper kitchen cabinets so that they are not seen when standing in the kitchen. Linear under cabinet lighting includes the use of a standard metal shelf that is flush mounted to the underside of the upper kitchen cabinets and includes the electrical power conductor built directly into it. As a result, there are no wires to have to deal with along the underside of the kitchen cabinets. Similarly, fluorescent under cabinet lighting comes in long narrow shelves/tubes that mount up underneath the upper kitchen cabinets and out of view.
Though a handy do it yourself homeowner can install their own under kitchen cabinet lighting it’s best to call in the professionals. An electrician can ensure a safe and proper installation, as well as provide you with some useful selection advice on buying under cabinet light fixtures.
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