Kitchen Cabinet Task Lighting

Task lighting is a sorely overlooked aspect of kitchen design, and all the ambient lighting in the world can’t compensate for its absence.

Task lighting is exactly what it sounds like: a bright light that illuminates a work area. It includes pendant lights over areas like the island and sink, but today I’m going to focus specifically on under cabinet task lighting.

Where Should I Install Task Lights?

LED under cabinet task lighting is most commonly installed underneath the upper cabinets to illuminate the countertop. However, it’s also useful in any dark cabinet so you don’t have to dig out your phone’s flashlight when you want to find something.

The Benefits

Obviously, you’ll be able to see better. Who wouldn’t want more light to read recipes or chop veggies? But more than that, task lighting helps eliminate shadows cast by ambient lighting, making your kitchen feel bigger and brighter.

Different Types

Traditional linear and LED tape can both be run along the length of your cabinets and will give off an even light distribution. Puck lights, on the other hand, are small circular lights that will give you more of a spotlight effect. Which one you choose comes down to your style and preference!

Power Sources

Traditional Linear and LED Tape lights can be plugged into an outlet or hardwired to a power source. Puck lights can also be hardwired, or some are battery powered.

Angled power strips designed for underneath upper kitchen cabinets

If you’re leaning towards a plug-in option, let me tell you about angled power strips. They’re designed to be hidden underneath upper cabinets and allow your backsplash to remain unmarred by outlets. Plug your task lights (and anything else for that matter) into this hidden gem. Some even come with USB ports and switches to control the task lighting. Kill two birds with one stone by going with a lighted power strip.

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