LED (Light Emitting Diode) Lights
LED lights are becoming more and more popular because of their low energy use and long life, and they’re cool looking and can be used in a wide variety of creative ways. LED lights don’t typically just burn out; they fade or put out less light over time and become dim. LED lights are susceptible to heat; the bulbs will not last as long if they are constantly subjected to heat, like from a stove, coffee pot or toaster. The biggest downside is that they are expensive, and expensive to install. The technology is relatively new and improving.
So what is best? Every situation is different, and for your under-cabinet lighting, here are the three things you want to achieve regardless of which fixture you choose:
1. Uniformity of lighting. Having even light over the counter and backsplash looks much better and functions better as task lighting.
2. Having enough lighting. Wimpy looking under-cabinet lighting can look distracting and not give you the safety of a well-lit area. Sometimes doubling up on the lighting can make sense.
3. Buy the best quality fixtures and have them professionally installed. Under-cabinet lighting is expensive. Professionally installed, it can cost between $50 and $100 per foot. A do-it-yourself budget job with budget fixtures might be half that, but, if it looks bad and doesn’t function well, was it worth saving the few hundred dollars?
Posted with permission from Mike Medford. Originally published at http://askmikeabouthomeremodeling.com/2013/06/05/under-cabinet-lighting/. See more of Mike’s blogs at http://www.mikemedford.com/.