Why LED Lights for Kitchen Cabinets
Kitchen lighting is a common problem for many people. Some even have to cope with the dreaded over-lit kitchen. Lighting may have a greater influence on productivity in a space like a kitchen than you would imagine.
Cabinet lighting is one of the most practical lighting applications available today. Cabinet lighting, as the name implies, refers to light fixtures beneath, above, and inside the kitchen cabinets. These concealed fixtures are able to blend in without being obtrusive or clashing with existing decor. They’re mostly used in kitchens, where extra light is useful for reading recipes and preparing food. Lights for kitchen cabinets will not only enhance the brightness and overall look of your space, but it is also one of the simplest ways to increase the value of your home on the market.
Some cabinet lighting fixtures can be used as functional lighting in areas other than the kitchen. In a workshop, laundry room, or home office, they can provide flawless task lighting. They can add depth, dimension, and visual interest to a variety of spaces as accent lighting, or they can highlight architectural features such as a tray or cove ceiling. They can also display objects inside a display case. We’ve seen this adaptable lighting solution used under, above, and inside cabinetry, beneath countertops, and in toe kick areas.
Why LED Lights for Kitchen Cabinets
When we refer to a “normal lightbulb,” we are referring to an incandescent bulb, which has been in use since Thomas Edison patented his design in 1879. When electricity passes through these bulbs, the filaments glow, creating both heat and light. LEDs, on the other hand, have electrons that flow to produce photons. Photons produce almost negligible heat. LEDs also use significantly less energy to provide the same amount of brightness as incandescent lights and last significantly longer.
LED bulbs consume more than 75% less energy than incandescent bulbs. The discrepancy is considerably more pronounced at low power levels. Bright LED cabinet lights consume only 11 to 12 watts while emitting a light that’s almost the same as a 50-watt incandescent bulb. LEDs lights for kitchen cabinets have a far longer lifespan, saving you the hassles of changing lights frequently in your kitchen.
Whether you’re replacing old fixtures or installing a completely new system, there are hundreds of LED options to choose from, ranging from traditional linear fixtures and puck lights to light bars and tape systems. If you’re new to the concept of cabinet lighting or simply want to learn more, we’ve put together this guide to assist you.
When it comes to illuminating high-functioning areas like worktops, sinks, and stoves, low-profile conventional LED linear lights are the most common option. In the dark recesses and shadows created by cabinets, traditional linear LED lights emit a ray of light that illuminates your workstation. The light they produce is distributed evenly down the length of the fixture, giving the appearance of a well-lit room. Their lengths range from 8 inches to 40 inches, and they are extremely efficient, long-lasting, and low-cost to operate
There are two ways to install most classic linear LED fixtures: plug-in or hardwire. For those who lack electrical expertise or don’t want to employ a professional, plug-in installation (also known as plug and play) is the best option. It’s also an excellent choice for do-it-yourselfers who want a simple upgrade rather than a complete overhaul. Traditional plug-in fixtures may have certain design restrictions, and their primary disadvantage is that they must use electrical outlets that would otherwise be free. If a fixture is hardwired, it means it is self-contained, meaning it contains all of the components needed to operate the light. Once the initial connection is made, the fixture will need a separate 120V power supply from the wall, but it may be linked end-to-end in leaps. Lighting specialists and electricians with experience installing conventional LED linear lights should handle hardwire installations.
You’ll have even more options if you choose a dimmable design. So, whether you want spectacular lighting for parties and get-togethers or gentle illumination for late-night excursions to the fridge, this feature will let you do it all.
In terms of LED lights for kitchen cabinets, puck lights have long been a popular choice among designers and contractors. Even though they’re low voltage, they can still give off a lot of light, even if they’re small and compact (diameters range from 1-4 inches). Countertops, glass-fronted cabinets, and open shelves look fantastic with puck lights. Depending on the style you’re going for, they might be either surface-mounted or recessed.
At the moment, LED puck lights are dominating the market due to their equivalent performance to a typical linear fixture, but at half the price and a fraction of the energy usage.
Another option for kitchen cabinet lighting is light bars and hard strips, such as Yeelight Motion Sensor Closet Light. Low-profile LED light bars are an excellent alternative to LED tape lighting because of their cheaper cost and better efficacy. Compared to tape, these lights often put off more lights and are easier to clean. The LED light bars that Yeelight provides are a wonderful replacement for obsolete halogen and fluorescent cabinet systems, which are notorious for producing a lot of heat and requiring regular maintenance. Yeelight Motion Sensor Closet Light has a built-in photosensitive sensor that ensures the light remains on only in the dark, helping you reduce energy use as well as your electricity bill. The 2700K color temperature is easier on your eyes, illuminating every corner of your room with a soft glow. Even better, the 60cm closet light is equipped with a 2200mAh rechargeable battery. This means it can work for up to 4-6 months after it is fully charged. Also, there’s no need to worry about the plug orientation thanks to the reversible USB Type-C port.
Yeelight Motion Sensor Closet Light. The infrared sensor can sense a 120 area with a radius of up to 4 meters at the front and up to 2 meters at the sides.
LED Tape Light for Kitchen Cabinet
LED tape light systems or strip systems may produce practical cabinet illumination. It may also be used to call attention to items on exhibit, such as crystal, and to make goods in cabinets and drawers that are hard to reach more accessible. LED tape systems are incredibly adaptable, allowing them to bend around corners and affix to almost any surface. It is possible to cut LED tape lighting to bespoke lengths, link it for longer runs and use it in many applications like cove and tray ceilings, above cabinets and under countertops and toe-kicks, as well as in other recessed locations. Toe kick lights, when placed near the floor, create the appearance of floating cabinets. Under islands and bars, it may be used to define edges and provide depth.
Both adhesive and track mounting are available for LED tape. In addition to being dimmable, LED tape lighting is also available in a variety of colors, so you may use it for any event. To get the most out of LED tape lighting systems, you will need to prepare ahead of time. Various accessories and components may be required based on your application. Yeelight LED Light Strip 1S is flexible to fit into any place of your home. Simply measure your space, cut the light strips to length, stick them into place, and easily extend their reach up to 10m with Yeelight extension kits. It is perfect to add tasteful accents throughout your home, including your dining room, bedroom, kitchen, patio, and living room.
LED lights under the cabinets
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LED lights below the cabinets
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Floor cabinet lights for kitchen
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To sum it up, the choice and installation of your kitchen lights are entirely dependent on you — your skillset, timeframe, and economic ability. If you’re handy with electricity or prefer wireless LED lights for kitchen cabinets, you could easily do the décor yourself. Wire-based illumination, on the other hand, needs a lot more thought and effort, but it opens up a world of possibilities in terms of design. Contact Yeelight staff at any moment if you need assistance with product selection, a price, or a lighting scheme design. We’ll help you select the ideal LED cabinet lighting solution.