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Essential Guide to Under Cabinet Lighting

Ever thought about sprucing up your kitchen with some under cabinet lighting? It's not just a trendy addition to modern homes, but it also adds functionality and a touch of aesthetic charm. Whether you're whipping up a late-night snack or showcasing your new marble worktop, the right lighting can make all the difference.

What to consider before installing under cabinet lighting

So, you're thinking about adding a touch of brilliance with some under cabinet lighting? Here are some things to consider during the planning:

Purpose of lighting

Task Lighting: Need to see what you're chopping or stirring? This is all about illuminating your workspace for cooking and other tasks.

Ambient Lighting: Fancy a bit of mood lighting? This is for setting a cosy ambience in your kitchen.

Accent Lighting: Want to show off that lovely vase or artwork? This is for highlighting specific areas or decorative gems.

Wiring and installation: 

Do you have existing wiring? Think about how your new lights will fit in. If it sounds a bit complicated, don't be shy about getting a professional in. Especially for those trickier installations.


Set a budget and get clued up on how much different under cabinet lighting options might set you back.

How to choose the best under cabinet lighting

So you're sold on the idea of under cabinet lighting. But how do you pick the perfect one for your space? Here are some ideas:

Types of lighting

Puck lights: Think of these as little spotlights for your kitchen. Small, circular, and perfect for focused illumination.

Strip lights: These are your straight-line friends. They give an even glow all along their length.

Tape lights: Fancy something a bit more flexible? These adhesive-backed lights can bend and twist to fit custom spaces.

Colour temperature

Brightness and dimming

Sometimes you need all the light you can get, and sometimes you just want a soft glow. That's why adjustable brightness is a must. For those times when you want to set the mood? Dimmable lights are best.

Inspirational ideas for under cabinet lighting

You've got the basics down, but fancy a dash of inspiration to spark that creativity?

Seamless Integration: Ever thought about making your lights a chameleon? Get them to blend right in with your cabinetry. It's all about that sleek, integrated look.

Highlighting Open Shelves: Got some open shelving going on? Why not make them the star of the show? A bit of light can really make them pop.

Illuminating Glass Cabinets: If you've got some fancy glass-front cabinets, let's make what's inside shine. Light them up and watch your displays come to life.

Mood Setting with RGB Lights: Fancy a kitchen disco or a romantic dinner? With coloured lights, you can set the mood for just about any occasion.

Take the next step with under cabinet lighting

Under cabinet lighting is not just about seeing what you're doing (though that's a big plus). It's about style, mood, and giving your kitchen that extra bit of pizzazz. So, whether you're a minimalist or all about the glitz and glam, there's a lighting option out there with your name on it. Go on, give your kitchen the glow-up it deserves!



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