Under cabinet lighting is used in a kitchen to provide horizontal task lighting and to supplement the main source of light. Under cabinet lamps illuminate surfaces used for food preparation, cooking, packing food, reading cookbooks, cleaning and other similar tasks. They can also be installed on the wall behind the counter as a vertical source of light.
Due to the small size and directionality of light, LED lamps are becoming increasingly popular in undercabinet applications. LEDs provide a distinct advantage over traditionally used halogen and fluorescent bulbs in terms of efficiency. Traditional lamps operate at 30 to 50% of efficiency, meaning a half or more light produced by the bulbs does not even leave the fixture.
LED lights are a good match for undercabinet lighting, because they last longer than other types of lighting. The directionality of LED makes large portions of light to be directed where it is needed without being lost within fixture. There is also a wide choice of lengths and colors available.
When deciding on undercabinet lighting it is good to remember a couple of rules. First of all, the fixture size should match the length of the cabinet as close as possible. It is recommended to mount the fixture to the front of the cabinet.
Not all LEDs bulbs can be replaced when one of the bulbs burns out. In some cases the entire fixture has to be replaced. However lamp failure is not a common issue with LEDs.
LED lamps can be dimmed. This is an added benefit as the level of light can be adjusted to individual needs of people of different ages and visual needs to ensure their comfort when performing kitchen tasks.
Choosing the color for kitchen lights is very important. Light color is crucial for appearance of food, for social interaction and for complementing kitchen’s décor. Additionally, lights in the kitchen should provide uniform illumination in order to prevent shadows and give an impression of a larger space.
The color choice is a question of individual preferences, however some general rules apply. For warm-toned walls, warm-colored tiles and wood tones, the color range between 2700 and 3500K is considered appropriate. For cool-toned tiles, glass shelves and glass tiles, as well as grey toned and metal colors, experts advise the color range of 3500 to 5000K.
Information on correlated color temperature (CCT) could be found on the product package. However, it often happens that two lamps with the same CCT range on the label are not in the same color. The problem becomes slightly more complex. You can for example choose an LED lamp with the CCT range of 2700K. What you may not be aware of is that within this range there are six bins of color to choose from. The supplier may send you all of one bin color one time and all of another bin color the next time and yet another the next time.
To avoid the confusion and disappointment, it is advisable to rely on a trusted provider in terms of color quality. The situation as described above will never happen if you order a product from our site. We have a process in place were we can duplicate the same color and Kelvin range over and over to provide a consistent product time after time !
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