Undercabinet Lights

Written by Beth Hrusch
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Undercabinet lights are a good way to illuminate work surfaces and provide dramatic ambient light. They are commonly used in kitchens and rooms that have cabinetry, such as entertainment centers and bars. Advances in technology have given consumers new options in this type of lighting and made it more attractive and low profile.

The Functions of Undercabinet Lights

In a kitchen, many people consider under cabinet lighting to be a standard must-have feature. The popularity of this lighting has grown steadily over the past twenty-five years, due to the fact that they increase the utility of countertops and add light to areas that have always been left in shadow. With undercabinet lights, dark corners can be illuminated and tasks made easier. The most common forms of this lighting are bars, spotlights and strips.

Modern bar lighting is the descendant of the original fluorescent fixtures that were attached to the bottoms of cabinetry, then plugged or hard-wired in. Today, this lighting is low profile, often featuring low-voltage transformers and halogen bulbs. Spotlights are small versions of the ones that are used in other rooms, recessed into the cabinet and invisible to the eye. Another creative option is the light strip. Often used in entertainment areas, this flexible tubing holds individual bulbs, and can be formed into almost any shape.

The advantages of having undercabinet lights become obvious when they are installed. Dark areas become useful workspaces. Entertainment areas gain dramatic accent lighting. These fixtures are cool and energy efficient for many years of use, yet they burn as brightly as standard incandescent bulbs. Their unobtrusive beauty is an asset to any room.

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