Under Cabinet Lighting Suggestions
Installing under cabinet lighting in your kitchen has many benefits. Under cabinet lighting uses low-voltage bulbs to make tasks easier and safer by delivering directed light to a specific area. With multiple types of under-cabinet lighting available, however, you can find lighting that fits your budget and lights your work surface efficiently and effectively. Under-cabinet lighting is available in both plug-in and hard-wired fixtures. Which kind of lighting you choose to install depends on your skill level and whether you intend to install permanent or temporary lighting. A hard-wired under-cabinet installation will require drilling through the wall, running electrical cable and installing a light switch on the wall. When installing a plug-in fixture, you must tack the electrical cord to the wood beneath the cabinets to hide it, but the plugs will always be visible in the outlets.
You can find under-cabinet fluorescent fixtures in multiple lengths, so you should not have an issue finding a fixture to fit beneath your cabinets. Thankfully, these fixtures are designed to use standard-length fluorescent bulbs. Fluorescent lighting uses less electricity and generates less heat than incandescent lighting, and the bulbs have a longer life. For truly easy installation, you can install LED light sticks, channels or tape underneath your cabinets. You can cut tape lighting to fit the width of your cabinet, and depending on the style and brand, they come with self-adhesive or snap into brackets installed beneath the cabinets.