Adding under cabinet lighting is a fantastic way to add functionality home while adding a nice flare. Under cabinet lights illuminate your countertops and which makes it easier to see during kitchen prep work, while creating a nice ambiance. There are a few types of lighting, with all different effort levels of cost, and some facts you should know before you make the worthwhile investment.
The first decision that should be made is how you want your lights powered. There are hard wired, battery operated and plug in options available. Battery operated is definitely the easiest choice, but you have the hassle of replacing batteries when they go out. Plug in is also fairly simple, as you just plug it into an existing wall outlet. Downside to this is that your lights take up the outlet spaces you may want for your toaster, blender, and other kitchen appliances. The most convenient, but costly, option, is hard wired. However this may require an electrician if you aren’t savvy with wires. However, having the ease of hooking up your lights to a switch may be worth the extra hassle.
Puck lights are little, hockey-puck shaped lights that are very popular because of how user friendly they are. They come in multiple styles, and can be used by any of the power sources listed above. The battery operated styles are cheap and generally have the “peel and stick” convenience. This is a great option if you are renting or have commitment issues with your lighting choices.
Get rid of everything you know about fluorescent lighting. Current fluorescent lights are sleeker and slimmer and don’t “hum” anymore. They also have a more natural color profile and no time delay while turning on. 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. They are also very cool burning, so they aren’t going to put off extra heat. LED light generally has a cooler feel, so make sure to test them out in your kitchen before purchasing. However, with LED, there are RGB options available, so you can rock any color, or even throw a dance party in your kitchen.