Many people in existing homes have only basic overhead lighting, but when creating a new home or renovating an existing kitchen or bathroom, they can usually benefit from the clever use of under cupboard lighting installations. Talk about your plans with your local electrician in Elanora they are familiar with the latest products, ideas and installation costs.
The benefits of installing under cupboard and cabinet lighting are:
- Additional illumination
Under cabinet lighting is a great way to complement the overhead lighting in kitchens and bathrooms. It helps to provide focused illumination in difficult areas and highlights interesting features
- Eliminates Shadows
Often with overhead lighting there are areas where shadows form. Placing lighting under cabinets and cupboards will eliminate any shadows, keeping your work areas clear and bright
- Ambiance and Design
Having under cabinet lighting can help transform your kitchen and bathroom and give a real look of style and elegance. Your bathroom will appear warmer with a more contemporary look
Features to Look For
There is a whole range of options available, including light colour, brightness and energy-saving features. The following are some features you could consider for your kitchen or bathroom:
Under cabinet lighting comes in two types of voltage, normal line or 210 volt or low voltage of 12 volts and sometimes 24 volts.
There is very little difference in the amount of energy saving from either, but the main advantages of the lower voltages are safety, they produce less heat and they are smaller so take up less space
There are two options for wiring, you can have the plugin type or hard wired so they operate from a light switch. For either option you need the services of a qualified and registered electrician. There is a third option and that is battery operated under cabinet lighting, which can be a real advantage in areas subject to power outages
- Dimming Capability
It is a good idea to have lighting with dimming capabilities so you can adjust the lighting to suit individual preferences. It also allows you to turn it right down and save substantial amounts of power when not needed
- Types of Bulbs and Lighting
LED or light emitting diode lighting is very popular for under cabinet lighting because of its long service life, low heat output and high energy saving ability. There are two common types of under cabinet LED lights those that come in strips and puck or individual lights
Halogen and xenon light fixtures can often cause a lot of annoying glare, making it necessary to use filter lenses so you are able to minimise the reflections and glare they cause.
Fluorescent lights are very energy efficient and give off almost no heat, unfortunately most of them can’t be dimmed so you don’t have the same control over the light intensity
Incandescent bulbs are usually not used for under cabinet lighting as they are bulky, give off a lot of heat and are power hungry.
Your local electrician in Elanora is a lighting expert who will be able to help you find the perfect solution for all your under cupboard lighting needs in the kitchen, bathroom and other areas of your home to make it more attractive and livable.