Kitchen Under Cupboard Lights - Dot or a Line?
Updated: Nov 14, 2019
We’re back in the kitchen. As this is one of the most important areas of our house it does deserve the most attention. Statistics say that we spend on average 6 to 7 hours in the kitchen every day! It is not only the most functional room in the house but also the most social, so we need to ensure it is lit properly.
The other day we touched the dilemma whether to use ceiling mounted downlights or under-cabinet lights to light the counters, today we would like to put the latter under more scrutiny.
All the under-cabinet lights are mounted as the word implies – under top cabinets – and their primary function is to deliver light onto the counter. As the target is close to the source, we can afford to use lower output lights and thus reduce power consumption. But I see a lot of people forget the fact that the low-level lighting can significantly contribute to ambient lighting - the mood setter as I like to call it. The ambient lights are what you'd use let's say at the time when you’re done with the cooking for the day and you’d like to enjoy your well-deserved glass of wine. Low level lighting is a two-time winner in my opinion.
The big question of this week though is whether to go with linear LEDs or with small flat downlights; also known as puck lights - shape related I suppose. They are both almost equally demanding to install so there’s no particular cost saving there. It would seem it all comes down to the aesthetics. And the beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
I have noticed that some designers find linear LED bit more modern and would rather use them in more contemporary, minimalist and sleek design. And on the other hand, they would associate the puck lights with more classical interior. Their words, not mine. They would even state that linear LEDs clash with retro feel of the interior. What would you say to that? Would you agree?
In every case. It’s always best to ask an expert and get a good electrician to install. You’ll thank me later.