All luxury kitchens in recent years all seem to have one thing in common, under cabinet lighting. Not only does this additional lighting look good, but it adds more visibility and functionality to your kitchen.
Things to think about before purchasing
The first decision that anyone should make before choosing lights, is how they want to power them. There are all sorts of options; hard wired, battery operated and plug in. Battery operated is definitely the easiest and most cost effective, however, you have the hassle of replacing batteries. Plug in is also fairly simple, as you just plug it into an existing wall outlet. the downside to this is ugly wires and sacrificing outlets that could be used for appliances. The most convenient, but costly, option, is hard wired. This will most likely require a professional, but you’ll have the ease of turning them on with a switch or setting them to a timer.
Puck lights are little, round lights that are very popular because of how easy they are. They come in multiple styles, and can be used by any of the power sources listed above. The best part about these is that they come in many “peel and stick” varieties. These will be battery operated, but with all the LED options, batteries should last a while!
Throw everything you know about fluorescent lighting out the window. Current fluorescent lights are so much better than they used to be. With great light output, and no more humming noises, they are a very viable option for the modern kitchen. Fluorescent strips are usually hardwired, but can also be plugged into a wall socket.
LED strips are similar to fluorescent, however the bulbs have a much longer life. There are many typed of LED strips available. Diffused, exposed diodes, etc. The nice thing about LEDs is that they are cool burning, so they don’t produce much, if any, noticeable heat. Traditional white LED lights generally has a cooler temperature, so make sure to test them out in your kitchen before purchasing. However, with LED, there are RGB options available. With infinite color options available, you can really have any color you’d want. (You could even throw a dance party in your kitchen with all the fun effects RGB LED lights offer these days)