How important the under cabinet light in your kitchen?
The kitchen is like the heart of the house, the kitchen isn’t just where you cook, but where you eat, read the paper in the morning. “A modern kitchen requires the ability to shift light levels between efficient workspace and a romantic place of gathering for nourishment.”
In the kitchen room, the different area will need different lighting solutions, these will help create more beautiful household surroundings. Considering the right amount of light, the location of the light source, and color temperature will improve your and your family’s sense of well-being. For example,
1, Ceiling light, we usually can use recessed downlight, helps to create a brighter ceiling that bounces and reflects light throughout the space without glare. Combine this with lots of natural daylight to increase the overall light levels in a room.
2, Pendant light, it is highlighted for kitchen table. It is usually installed in the center of the kitchen and can create a beautiful atmosphere.
3, Task lighting, this part is very important, and the most important in a kitchen it would be under the cabinet, It puts the light where you need it most. Where the light is in front of you, illuminating the surface and its objects, and not behind you, creating shadows.
With the help of under cabinet light, work surfaces and cabinetry are properly illuminated so you can safely prepare meals, read recipes, and easily spot ingredients on a shelf.
Under cabinet light is one of the single most important lighting specifications for any project. However, some people easy to ignore it. So in the following, we would like to give you some instructions:
How to choose a right led under cabinet light(puck light)?
1, Voltage input
In regards to voltage, there are two main types of under cabinet lighting; high voltage (120V/220V) lighting and low voltage (12V or 24V) lighting. There is no significant difference in energy savings, light quality, and life span between high voltage and low voltage under cabinet lighting.
Low voltage lighting however has a few advantages. For one, you can use smaller light fixtures, making it possible to fit more lights in a tight space under the cabinet. Secondly, low voltage lighting produces less heat, making for a more comfortable space.
Note that a transformer is necessary if you option for low voltage lighting. The transformer steps down the high 120V/220V voltage into a lower 12V or 24V voltage. Usually, the transformer will be installed inside the cabinet or in another remote location along the circuit.
2, Energy Efficiency Light source
Energy efficiency has become an all-important part of residential lighting. If you are looking for the most energy efficient under cabinet lighting option, LED is the place to go. Some LED fixtures use as little as 5 watts while still emitting adequate illumination. An added advantage is that LED lights are easy to dim, adding to their energy-saving capability. They also produce very little to almost no heat.
3, Dimming capability
We highly recommend that you get lighting with a dimming capability. While this may mean incurring extra costs for the dimmers, it gives you much more control over the lighting. One benefit of this is saving energy. When you do not need too bright light, dimming it can save some energy.
Additionally, different people may have varying visual needs. For example, a person with eyesight problems may want low-intensity lightning without the painful glare. Dimmers ensure that everyone can work in the lighting conditions they prefer best. Dimmers also come in handy when you want some mood lighting in your kitchen.
4, Wire type
Here are two basic types of wiring used with under cabinet lighting; hard-wire and simple plug-in. Hard-wiring involves connecting the lights directly to the existing wiring in the house. Power is drawn directly from a power source. Plug-in draws power from a power outlet, often a wall socket.
Obviously, plug-in lighting is the simpler and least expensive option that you can even install yourself. For the hard-wire options, the services of a professional electrician will be necessary. So for ease of installation, our recommendation is to plug in lighting.
5, Ease of Installation
For under cabinet lights that need to be plugged into an outlet, you need to consider how conveniently located your outlets are, how willing you are to give them over to under cabinet lighting (as opposed to leaving them available for other kitchen appliances), and the aesthetics of the cords that will need to run from the light to the outlet.
Many customers will want an under cabinet light that’s fully installed in the space without any cords or wires showing. That will make for a more complicated installation process and may require calling in a professional. If you do have some experience with DIY light installation, then it’s not likely to be much more complicated than your past experiences