Beyond Aesthetics: The Practical Benefits of Undercabinet Lighting Every Homeowner Should Know

Beyond Aesthetics: The Practical Benefits of Undercabinet Lighting Every Homeowner Should Know

If you’ve ever stepped into a kitchen with undercabinet lighting, you know it adds a remarkable wow-factor that traditional lighting can’t match. The subtle glow emanating from beneath kitchen cabinets has a magical quality, instantly transforming the ambiance of the space. Many homeowners may think that undercabinet lighting is simply for a higher-end look, but its benefits extend far beyond mere aesthetic appeal.

Types of Under Cabinet Lighting

Under cabinet lighting comes in several different types of options. A once popular option is puck lights, which are small, round lights that can be installed individually or in a series. These lights offer a warm, focused glow that can highlight specific areas of your kitchen or workspace. Puck lighting is best for highlighting areas of focus. Eg. For decor items on a floating shelf or china in a glass cabinet.

The most popular option for most undercabinet lighting is LED strip lights. This option offers a more diffused and versatile source of light. These flexible LED strips can be cut to fit any space, and they offer a range of color options to suit your preferences. LED lighting is the most energy efficient option due to long lifespan and low energy consumption. Additionally, LED lights are available in a range of colors, from a warm, soft glow to cool, bright light allowing homeowners to choose based on their personal preference.

Benefits of Installing Under Cabinet Lighting

Undercabinet lighting has many benefits, some aesthetic and some that are very functional. Let’s take a look at the benefits of undercabinet lighting in your kitchen or workspace:

Better Visibility
Under cabinet lighting offers direct illumination where it’s needed for everyday tasks. When cooking, chopping food items or reading recipes, you need to have adequate bright lighting to see what you’re doing. With under cabinet lights, you will avoid shadows and dark spots on your counters. You’ll be able to cook with ease and create a visually appealing presentation by having a clear and well-lit countertop.

Energy Efficiency
Most under cabinet lighting fixtures have energy efficient features that help homeowners save on their electricity bills. LED bulbs, for instance, use significantly less energy than their overhead counterparts. Since cabinet lighting provides targeted task lighting, you don’t have to rely as much on other lights in the room that consume more energy. 

Create Ambiance
What’s more visually appealing than a beautifully illuminated kitchen? Under cabinet lighting can give your kitchen an inviting glow that creates the ideal backdrop for social gatherings for friends, family and entertainment. Installing dimmable under cabinet lighting gives you the option to control the brightness level and color temperature, and instantly change the mood of your entire space.

Enhance Your Aesthetics
Under cabinet lighting is no doubt an excellent way to enhance your kitchen’s aesthetics. Depending on the style of lighting fixture you choose, you can complement your kitchen design style.

Add Value to Your Home
Under cabinet lighting is a smart investment in your home, which is one reason installation is such a popular lighting upgrade for a kitchen remodel. It’s a great way to add value to your property, especially if you have plans to sell it in the future. When prospective homebuyers walk into a kitchen with under cabinet lighting, they are instantly drawn to it. This can positively influence their decision to purchase your home.

See The Difference A Little Lighting Makes

How Difficult & How Much?

Installing undercabinet lighting can pose certain challenges for homeowners. One common difficulty is the complexity of electrical work involved. This is especially true when multiple strips of lights need to be connected between cabinet spans. Another challenge with undercabinet lighting installation could be having a full tile backsplash or not having enough access to the walls behind the cabinets. 

Opting for professional installation of undercabinet lighting is always a savvy choice for homeowners seeking a polished lighting installation. Lemere Electric has the expertise to ensure precise placement, wiring, and seemless integration with your kitchen. Our meticulous approach not only enhances the overall aesthetics of your space but also guarantees optimal functionality. 

The cost of undercabinet lighting installation varies depending on several factors such as the layout of the space, the quantity of lights required, and the complexity of the install. As a general guideline, our undercabinet light installations typically start at $525 for labor, plus materials which start at $199. 

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