With adoption of LEDs increasing, individuals now have numerous opportunities to install sustainable and energy efficient LED cabinet lights at home. Previously, incandescent and fluorescent fixtures were used to light up cabinets. However, due to the complex and bulky nature of the luminaries, the units were not suitable for tight spaces.
LED Strip Lights
LED strip lights are recommended for illuminating the interior of cabinets. During installation, the units are setup at the top of the space, pointing downwards. If the strip light is equipped with a frosted lens or a soft cover, it can serve as background lighting for cabinets. For such configurations, the slim-profile light is installed at the back wall of the space.
Seamless cabinet lighting systems incorporate a small switch that activates the lights, when the door is opened. LEDs are ideal for this type of assembly because the units can be toggled on/off quickly. Including a micro-switch with LED cabinet strip lights may also be applied to large drawers, such as deep storage bins.
LED Puck Lights
LED puck lights are applicable to the underside of shelves and the exterior sections of cabinets. For a space-saving setup, the units can be recessed into the surface. Another conventional method includes mounting LED puck lights at the corner of the underside section of the cabinet. This option is a viable alternative to downward installations, which allow the lights to be pointed at an angle.
When equipped with reflectors, LED puck lights can serve as overhead lamps. A cone-shaped cover, which doubles as a reflector, is applied to the unit to ensure proper beam placement over the space.
In the kitchen, for LED puck lights used over parts of the space where cooking is frequently conducted (prepping and heating), it is advisable to look for waterproof or rugged LED lights.
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