Types of Under Cabinet Lighting
Strip Lights: These are rectangular shaped fixtures and
they work well with fluorescent bulbs. They’re great for providing diffused
light to the kitchen.
Linear lights: Linear lights are often used with
fluorescent bulbs. they’re the most popular types of fluorescent under
cabinet kitchen lighting because they’re thin, which allow them to be
concealed behind the cabinet trim.
When faced with choices between low voltage or line voltage, or
understanding what direct wire means, so selecting between led, halogen,
fluorescent, and xenon, you might think you need a degree in electrical
engineering just to buy some lights.
Fluorescent bulbs –
These are commonly used for under cabinet lighting fixtures. They create a
bright work space by providing clear light. The disadvantage of fluorescent
lights is that they cannot be dim and they sometimes flicker.
LED bulbs –
These bulbs are becoming a more popular choice among homeowners as they
become more commonly available at lighting and home improvement stores. Led
bulbs are available in different colors they and provide homeowners with the
power to make unique decorative features. Led bulbs are best for puck
The transformer is where the power gets converted from line voltage to low
voltage and needs to be installed somewhere close. It can’t be concealed
behind the wall, and must be accessible, thus it usually ends up in the
attic or taking up area in the cabinets. Because of this, if you decide to
go with low voltage lighting, it’s important to speak with your electrician
and your cabinet installer. Also, be aware that these transformers do put
out some heat, and you may notice a humming noise as well.