What chef wouldn't love more light directed at the countertops? You may have great overhead fixtures that brighten your whole kitchen, but unless light shines directly on your counters, you'll always block some radiance on your work area. Why not put the hidden undersides of your cabinets to good use and eliminate shadows and eye strain? Whether as a stand-alone project or an addition within the scope of a remodel, you stand to gain a more worthy kitchen by installing strip lighting underneath your cabinets.
Task Lighting Where You Need It
Unless you serve ramen noodles for every meal, you assemble your recipes across the range of your countertops. That's why you want an award-winning kitchen, right? Each step requires attention to detail, and eclipsing your overhead fixtures adds frustration to the process. No matter how perfectly arranged your counters and appliances, without adequate illumination at the point of preparation, your experience suffers. Under cabinet lighting cures the problem by throwing a glow, as bright or as subdued as you like, anywhere you need it.
New under cabinet light fixtures banish florescent bulbs to antiquity. Although their horizontal configuration served well in the past, fluorescent light can strain your eyes almost as much as too little illumination. The new strip lighting, however, employs light-emitting diodes (LEDs) that produce a solid wash of light that won't irritate your tender eyes.
No Extra Heat
What you want to avoid with your task lighting is generating more heat in the kitchen. LEDs produce almost no heat at all. Although the fluorescent bulbs they replace burn much cooler than any incandescent bulb, LEDs are by far the coolest yet. If you inadvertently punch up your blender without the lid, you can wipe the lights off even while they're still aglow.
Under cabinet LED fixtures offer the additional benefit of significantly lower energy use. Matching the radiance of incandescent or fluorescent bulbs costs pennies on the dollar in comparison when you upgrade to LEDs. Additionally, you can choose to light only your work area rather than the whole kitchen for further savings.
Let's not forget the advantages of style. When the bottom of your cabinets shed a serene radiance upon your counters, you transform the atmosphere of an otherwise darkened kitchen. Because you can add a dimmer switch to the fixtures, the after-meal environment takes on the ambiance of an elegant boutique or kitchen showroom. Plus, your family can make their endless trips to the fridge without the need of the overhead lights.
Enhanced Resale Value
The one element that can make or break a deal when it's time to sell your home is the kitchen. Buyers will accept a higher price tag if they love it. When you upgrade to under cabinet lighting, you may well entice a potential buyer into a larger sale amount.
Since under cabinet lighting is quite affordable (especially with our 20 percent discount), easy to install and can only improve your kitchen, what are you waiting for? Please Contact Kitchen Tune-Up today to schedule your free consultation and estimate. For more great remodeling ideas, please see our blog.