Bright Ideas in Under Cabinet Lighting


 Traditional Inset Kitchen with LED strip lights.

There are so many decisions to make when plotting a kitchen. Some of the most vital ones need to be made in the beginning, like appliances, cabinetry, under cabinet lighting. You may wonder why under cabinet lighting couldn’t wait until closer to the end, especially if you’re feeling overwhelmed by the choices. When properly plotted for ahead of time a professional designer will make to order the bottoms of the cabinets to hide the light fixtures. If you wait until the cabinets are by now  made to choose you could end up scrambling last minute for take in moldings, panels, or worse yet staring at your fixtures for the time of your kitchen.

If you are by now in the administer and place of protection’t addressed this yet don’t wait, contact your designer and add a small molding to the order, something like a soffit crown for a traditional kitchen or a solid stock with return, a plain molding like this can be left “as is” in a contemporary kitchen or receive an applied molding to dress it up. Calculate the linear feet of exposed bottom edge and then round up to the nearest multiple of eight. If you are within two feet, add an extra part. Ultimately you want your molding produced with or as close to your cabinetry as possible to achieve the best contest and allow all the materials to age collectively.

Next you will want to sit with a knowledgable lighting specialist, a name who can contest up the de rigueur drivers and connectors to whichever fixtures you choose in. They must also be in the best position to show you the latest offerings in lighting. There are so many to choose from, flourescent, halogen, LED, avaialable in tones ranging from cool white, to warm, to natural daylight. Not all fixtures can be placed on dimmers, so if this is a feature you like, make sure it’s compatible.  

Contemporary Kitchen in Blue
Lacquer with Figured Anigre

In a kitchen you can make visual excitement by layering your lighting as in this contemporary blue kitchen. There is LED cool white puck lighting installed in the stainless flyover panels, under the cabinets, and behind the butterfly cabinet doors.


Custom Light Shelves
If you are looking for a more subtle lighting effect, I recommend custom fabricated bottom light shelves. The ones here are a constructed as a double hulled glass with interior flourescent lights to make lovely downward and and upward lighting, perfect for cabinets with glass doors. Here publicized with backpainted white glass lift up doors. All the materials publicized here were designed and are on show at Manhattan Center for Kitchen + Bath.

Living in your Kitchen — design trends– Aston Smith

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