High-voltage ways to update your kitchen cabinet lighting

There’s just something about kitchen cabinet lighting that makes a space look complete. Somehow the entire kitchen comes together when the ambient and task lighting is just so.

Interior cabinet lighting for example, is ideal for glass-fronted cabinets. Not only is it a lovely way to showcase your entire china, dinnerware and glassware collection, you can also use it sparingly to highlight particular valuables (like your antique tea set or international cookbook collection). Often forgotten, kitchen cabinet interiors really come alive with lighting.

While interior cabinet lighting provides additional ambient light, under cabinet kitchen lighting plays a dual rule, providing much needed task lighting. If operated by motion sensor, it can also act as the perfect nightlight for those on a midnight refrigerator raid.

The best part about kitchen cabinet lighting is that it often doesn’t require hardwiring. © leicht.com

The best part about kitchen cabinet lighting is that it often doesn’t require hardwiring. © leicht.com

For the uninitiated however, kitchen cabinet lighting can be a confusing aspect of home design. So, here are some ideas to get you started on your journey.

First of all, the best part about kitchen cabinet lighting is that it often doesn’t require hardwiring. There are many options that connect to the power outlet or are battery powered, making them easy to install and commit to. What a great option for lighting updates in rental properties!

But, which lighting option should you choose?

For a bright and cool lighting option, go for LED strip lights. Though they might look like fluorescent models, they turn on to full brightness instantly and last much longer.

On the other hand, round LED puck lights provide focussed task and ambient lighting. Since they are individually operated, you can place them and space them around the kitchen as you like. Each can be turned on as required.

If hardwiring is possible, miniature recessed lights are great for kitchen cabinet interiors especially. Low voltage and shallow, they are a slim and attractive option for creating warm, high concentrated lighting.

While interior cabinet lighting provides additional ambient light, under cabinet kitchen lighting plays a dual rule, providing much needed task lighting. © leicht.com

While interior cabinet lighting provides additional ambient light, under cabinet kitchen lighting plays a dual rule, providing much needed task lighting. © leicht.com

One of the simplest and most flexible forms of kitchen cabinet lighting is LED tape (or rope). These fixtures are extremely thin, making them easy to install and visually discreet. As they don’t produce as much light as other under kitchen cabinet lighting options LED tape is really the best option for complementing already strong overhead kitchen lighting. It’s a mood-maker, not task lighting.

When you want to take your kitchen design to the next level, consider your cabinets. Will lighting there make all the difference?