|If you are familiar with under cabinet lighting please go to: Under Cabinet Lighting specifications and pricing.|
|If you know nothing about under cabinet lighting the below information will help to get you started.|
||Shopping for Under Cabinet Lighting you have most likely noticed how many choices there are. But how do you know which under cabinet light to use and does choosing the right light fixture even matter?|
Under cabinet lighting consists of many styles and designs. Unless you already know what you want, it will be beneficial to give your purchase some extra consideration. Taking into account items like cost, style, light source, ease of bulb replacement, wiring considerations and fixture placement will help to fit your Under Cabinet Lighting specifically to your application.
Puck Lights are perhaps the most common under cabinet lighting fixture. Puck lights can be surface or recessed mounted.
The old style Puck Lights used halogen bulbs and had only a 2,000 hour average rated life. They use halogen bulbs can not be touched with the bare skin. The oils from the skin stay on the bulb and when the bulk heats up, the heat is more intense on the oily spots, thus causing very early burn out. The new style Puck Lights, on the other hand, use Xenon or LED bulbs and have an average rated life of 8,000 or 60,000 hours respectively. Touching these bulbs with bare skin will do no harm.
Puck Lights can be used in under cabinet lighting as well as in interior cabinet lighting. Both examples are shown in the picture to the right. This gives the Puck Light the added advantage of being used in many more cabinet lighting applications.
When spaced at 12" apart, you will create a more even light pattern as compared to spacing them 24" apart, which will present a more uneven light pattern. Which spacing you use is strictly up to you and the look that you want to create.
Under Cabinet Task Lighting will give you great light on your counter tops where the light is needed. These fixtures can be dimmed with a standard dimmer. There is also a HI/LO switch on each fixture. When positioning this style of fixture some designers say to mount them toward the back of the upper cabinet. However, often better task lighting is achieved if a more centered approach is taken. It just depends on what your needs are for the area you are lighting.
Microfluorescent fixtures are designed for up & out of the way hidden applications. The ultra thin fluorescent fixtures are only 3/4" wide and 1 3/8" tall. They feature a "touch on" switch and since they use electronic ballasts, the lamps are instant on with no flicker and no ballast hum.
This is a very versatile fixture for many different applications such as display cases, inside cupboards, over cabinet lighting, cove lighting, back lighting, desk lighting and trade show / exhibit lighting.
The Microfluorescent ultra thin fixture can be plugged in or you can use the direct hard wire box and run 12" and 24" extensions out to the fixtures. Up to 10 fixtures can be linked together using the 12" and 24" extensions or by using the 2" in line connector that is included with your fixture.
Choosing the proper fixture for an application can be accomplished by understanding how you will be using your fixtures and the look that you would like to achieve.