LED Options For Under Your Cabinets

by Rob Ellis, REALTOR® 01/12/2020

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Your kitchen is the ultimate workspace, but only if it has the lighting needed to properly illuminate your work area. Without the right lighting, you could end up fumbling through your tasks, failing to complete them to the best of your ability. Thankfully, resolving that problem is as easy as installing LEDs under the cabinets. Here’s what you need to know about this awesome lighting solution for your kitchen.

Types of Under-Cabinet LEDs

When choosing under cabinet lighting for your kitchen, the following types tend to work best.

Pucks

Resembling hockey pucks in size and shape, LED pucks allow you to shine light wherever you need it. As a standalone lighting option, these typically use batteries for power, giving you virtually unlimited placement options. But remember, if you choose this design, make sure you have plenty of batteries on hand to avoid losing light when you need it most.

Bars

Available in a variety of sizes and shapes, LED bars are the most popular under cabinet option. These lights securely fasten to the bottom of whatever cabinet you like and plug right into a nearby outlet for power. Since these use a plug, you are somewhat limited in placement options, depending on your kitchen design.

Strips

For a little more flexibility, you may want to consider LED strip lights, which come in a variety of lengths and sizes. These strips are typically plug in, though some run on batteries instead. Their extra length can make it easier to place them in hard to reach areas that are far from an outlet.

Once you decide which LED light design you favor most, you can pick up as many as you need to create the task lighting of your dreams.

Key LED Light Features for Under Cabinets

Under cabinet LED lights have a large price range, which is largely built around the standard features included with each unit. At the high end of the price range you might find lights with dimmable bulbs, motion sensors, and even color-changing features. At the low end, you just get basic lights that can be turned off and on with the press of a button.

To find your ideal options, take a look at your expectations, budget, and kitchen activities. If you frequently need extra light while cutting up meat, for example, you may want motion sensors to have light on demand without having to flick a switch.  

Installation Tips for Under Cabinet Lighting

Whether you choose strips, bars, or pucks, there are a few things to remember when installing these lights:

  • Perform a mockup to determine if their placement will provide the light you seek
  • Check that the lights function properly before installing them in your desired location
  • Measure your installation points to accurately line up the lights where you want them
  • When you take the time to select and install your LED under cabinet lights, you can transform your kitchen into a truly effective workspace. So, get started in planning this smart upgrade to treat yourself to a well-illuminate space to complete all your kitchen tasks.

    About the Author
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    Rob Ellis, REALTOR®

    I grew up in Los Gatos and lived there until 2003 when my wife and I decided to relocate to the South County to raise our 3 boys, now ages 22, 17 & 13.

    I am an avid dirt biker and golfer and I love the close proximity of the recreational areas that the South County provides.

    I have a passion for real estate and I absolutely love what I do. The friendliness and the down home demeanor of our tight knit community here in the South County allows my profession to blend in with my personal life. 

    I view my clients as part of my family and I handle them as such. This combined with the South County’s sense of community is part of what makes our little area of the world so special.

    It is my goal to largely work with the same clients repeatedly and also with their family & friends. For that to happen, I must provide a level of service and communication that is second to none.

    I treat every single client and transaction with the utmost care and attention. I am enthusiastic, reliable and trustworthy…and I am fully committed to each and every one of my clients.

    Simply put, I want to be your Realtor for life!