Under-Cabinet Lighting: Comparing Your Options

Under-cabinet lighting is an easy way to take the look and feel of your kitchen to the next level. However, it can be overwhelming with the number of options available. Have no fear; I’m going to sort through various under cabinet lighting options with you.

What is Under-Cabinet Lighting?


This style of lighting is typically found in kitchen and associatedwith cabinets. Its function is to provide task lighting on countertops and workspace areas. The location underneath cabinets is ideal because it is close to surfaces that needs illumination. In some cases, under-cabinet lighting also serves a dual-purpose as a night light.

 Under-cabinet lighting is a sensible and stylish solution. It’s becoming a common design element to show the beautiful details in your home like those granite countertops and detailed tile work. The benefits of under-cabinet lighting are easily overlooked. Not sure where to begin when it comes to which type of under cabinet lighting is right for you? I’ve got you covered.

Under-Cabinet Lighting Options

The goal with under-cabinet lighting is to enhance and highlight your spaces. With the correct selection, functional lighting can serve as the workhorse of the kitchen. From reading, to preparing food, to showcasing a beautiful bouquet, under-cabinet lighting can be your golden ticket. Not all lights are created equal. Check out some of the options below.

Puck lights

Named after the hockey puck, this style is perfect for a splash of light. Spacing is important with this style of under-cabinet lighting. I typically recommend one puck light for every 8-12 inches of cabinet space, but every scenario is different. A great bonus about puck lights is they can be placed inside cabinets! You can also position puck lights towards the backsplash for more of a decorative glow. Another great feature with this style is the battery powered option.

Light Strips

This under cabinet lighting option is ideal for custom cabinets with tricky cuts and corners. Light strips are usually connected and controlled with one switch. This lighting will most likely require a skilled electrician for installation. Light strips can omit a more “cool” light tone, so be sure to see this style in-store and test it out. Our lighting showroom is the perfect place to do so.

Tape Lights

Flexibility is key with this option. Tape lights come on a roll that can be cut to the desired length. This low-profile style also works great for toe-kick areas underneath lower cabinets. Keep in mind this style is low output lighting, making this under cabinet lighting choice perfect for mood setting.

Incorporating Under-Cabinet Lighting

Once you install under-cabinet lighting, you’ll never want to go back. It’s not only functional for workspaces, but also adds ambiance for you and your guests. Placement is important with whichever option you choose. The daunting overhaul to re-do everything really doesn’t apply when it comes to under cabinet lighting. Consider one of these lighting options to take your kitchen to new sights. If you’re feeling overwhelmed or indecisive, don’t worry – you can ask any of our lighting design experts which style will work best in your space… that’s what we’re here for.

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