Why You Need Under Cabinet Lighting In Your Home

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Getting the lighting just right in your home is not always easy. You want to ensure that your space is adequately illuminated, but you also want to ensure that your lighting systems are cost-effective, energy-efficient, and aesthetically pleasing. These are a lot of factors to consider, and things get even more complicated if you’re looking at lighting for highly specific spaces — like the space underneath your cabinets.

If you’ve never experimented with under cabinet lighting before, you probably have a ton of questions. First of all, what is under cabinet lighting? What does it do? What are the benefits of adding under cabinet lighting to your kitchen or other rooms in your home? Finally, who can you turn to for help installing under cabinet lighting?

In today’s guide, we will answer all of these questions and more, so let’s get started!

What Is Under Cabinet Lighting?

As the name implies, under cabinet lighting refers to lighting setups or systems installed at the bottom of overhead (i.e. hanging) cabinets. These are the cabinets that you’re most likely to have in your kitchen, particularly above countertop space. When you elevate cabinets, they naturally cast a shadow on the area below. Under cabinet lighting is the most effective way to create light in the space between hanging cabinets and countertops.

The Benefits of Under Cabinet Lighting

Not all overhead cabinets are located in kitchens. For example, you might see them in bedrooms, storage rooms, home offices, or even above a workbench in the garage. Regardless of the location of your cabinets, under cabinet lighting can make it much easier to do a variety of tasks and can even add long-term value to your home. Here are some of the most important benefits to consider:

  • More Task Lighting: Most ceiling lights can’t provide adequate lighting to the areas underneath hanging cabinets. Rather than taking up a lot of extra space with lamps, you can add lighting setups to the bottom of your cabinets, providing perfect task lighting while you cook, clean, or work on other projects.
  • Enhanced Aesthetics: Under cabinet lighting offers a modern look that can also emphasize the best parts of your home or kitchen. Even if you don’t use the space for specific tasks, you might want to improve the ambiance of your kitchen with modern accent lighting.  
  • Improved Safety: Under cabinet lights are typically compact and only need to illuminate a relatively small area. This means that they won’t use as much energy as overhead lights and are a great option to keep on after the sun goes down. Having these lights on can help you see where you’re going if you want to grab a midnight snack without waking up the whole house! Research also shows that adequate interior lighting can reduce the risk of falls and injuries, so extra lights are always a plus. 
  • Low-Cost Home Improvement: Who doesn’t want to increase the value of their home? With modern under cabinet lighting, you can add value to your home without a large upfront investment or even substantial maintenance costs. Financially speaking, under cabinet lights are a win-win.

Get Under Cabinet Lights Installed By the Experts

Do you want to improve the look of your kitchen, workshop, or home office? Are you in need of accent lighting or lights that you can keep on at night? Do you live in or near the Triangle Area in North Carolina? If so, be sure to reach out to us at Oak Electric and make an appointment to get your dream under cabinet lighting setup installed as soon as possible!