Hidden gems: Undercabinet lighting

Did you know that, while often overlooked, undercabinet lighting is a critical source of task lighting in any kitchen? In particular, energy efficient LEDs are a growing option for undercabinet lighting. They contain no mercury, give off less heat than alternative sources and many are dimmable.

Considering adding undercabinet lighting to your kitchen? Keep the following tips in mind:

  • Place lights properly. Include one 12-inch undercabinet light fixture for every 4-feet of countertop. Install fixtures toward the front of the cabinets so that they light as much of the work surface as possible.
  • Consider saving on installation. If you want to avoid the time and cost of hiring an electrician to put in hard-wired lighting, consider plug-in lighting instead.
  • Factor in the counter material. Some undercabinet lighting may cause a reflection off a dark or glossy countertop. Choose fixtures with a frosted lens to help minimize glare.

Have additional kitchen lighting tips? Share your thoughts in the comments section!

Source: Consumer Reports Kitchen Planning and Buying Guide

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