Accent Your Decor and Light Up Your Work with LED Under Cabinet Strip Lighting
LED strip lights are brilliant for doing two things:
- Add light and colour to create the best feels for your kitchen
- Shine a light onto the places you need.
LED light strips are also cheap to maintain and run because they don’t use much power. They should last ages without burning out, so you won’t have to worry about replacements.
A Few Quick Facts About LED Strip Lights
Lighting with LED striplights is an affordable, flexible, and modern way of boosting your kitchen decor and lighting up workspaces.
LED Strip Lighting packages come in a few different colour setups:
- Cool White is great for shining a bright light onto dim places. Its colour temperature is about 4200K, which is a clear, white colour. To get a picture of this, imagine the headlights on a modern car and how well they light up the road on a dark night. Many of them are 4200K cool white lights.
- Warm White is a fantastic choice for accenting specific places to add some pop to your decor. It ranges from 2700k – The colour is like an old incandescent bulb. Like its name, it feels warm and cosy. These are great choices for showing off cabinets, cupboards, and the cool design features in your space.
- RGB is the ultimate solution for making your space beautiful. Tune it to specific colours for the next party or change it to bright white for work time. All the possibilities put the fun back in functional.
Choosing the Best Setup
1. Measure the space you want to light up. The important number here is the length of the cabinet lights.
Once you know the length, everything else will begin to fall in line.
2. Now, you can choose the voltage of the LED cabinet lighting. There are two common choices:
- 12-volt strips are a splendid choice for short spaces where corners and edges are common. 12-volt strips can be cut shorter so they are ideal for fitting into specific places.
- 24-volt strips are a better choice for longer runs because the controller can handle more lights. This has to do with the amps, volts, and watts. We’ll cover this in just a moment.
3. Pick the correct controller for your cabinet lighting. The LED strip will connect to the controller, which will then connect to the mains power. Electrical connections can make people nervous. Don’t worry! Here are the keys to making the best choice:
- The voltage should always match. A 12v light must use a 12v controller and likewise for a 24v setup.
The strip watts should not exceed the controller rating. Most products will tell you how many watts per metre the lighting uses. Multiply the watts per metre times the length of your run. The controller should be rated for this amount of wattage. If in doubt, buy a controller with a higher watt rating.
4. Add any accessories such as corners, junctions, and channels. Corners and junction connectors will give you the best results for bends and joints.
– Plan for mounting with mounting clips or extra tape. Mounting clips and tape are cheap, easy to use, and will avoid lights that droop or sag.
You can also mount the LED Strip in LED Strip Alluminium Profile.
LED Strip Profiles come in plastic or alluminum. They are long strips which LED Strip can be mounted in. They also come with covers to diffuse the lights.
These are the best choice for places where the runs will be visible because the diffuser will cover the individual light spots and wiring diagrams.
With all these things ordered, you are ready!
How to Get the Best Look
Strip lighting LED setups can do more than just light up the bottom of a cabinet.
Here are a few more ideas:
- Fit them around the back of a television to give it a glow effect.
- Add warm white lighting to the bottom of your cupboards for use at nighttime.
- Install them high along an outside wall to give your porch or deck a boost.
There are hundreds of different uses for these lights. There are some insider tips for getting the best look. First, choose whether you are using direct or indirect lighting. Direct lighting is when you can see the lights and indirect lighting is when the lights are hidden and not directly visible.
If you choose a direct setup, then opt for a diffuser. This will cover the bulbs and prevent people from seeing spots or wiring diagrams. Second, plan to avoid hot spots or dim areas. These are areas where the LED bulbs are closer together or farther apart. They are normally created around corners.
Instead of bending the tape, use connectors to make the joints clean and the effect will be much better. Finally, try to install what you’ll use and enjoy. By this, we mean you don’t need RGB, or coloured, LEDs everywhere.
Will you change the colour that often?
If not, then opt for a better warm or cool white choice.
FAQ About LED Under Cabinet Strip Lights
How do you fit under cupboard strip lights?
If the lights will be visible, then you should use an aluminum channel with a cover. This will diffuse the spots, hide the cabling, and look a lot nicer.
You can install LED strip lights in a few steps:
- Choose your starting point based on where your controller will be. It must be connected to the mains power so its location might be limited.
- Plan your cabinet lighting route. If there are sharp bends or corners, then use connectors instead of just trying to bend the strip.
- Once everything is planned, then install the cabinet lighting by peeling the paper off the tape and sticking it into place.
Can I connect LED strip to mains?
Where Do LED Strips Go Under Cabinets?
Turn off the lights, close the curtains, and try out a few different setups.
How Do You Hide LED Strip Under Cabinets?
- If your cabinets have an overhang on the front of them, then the front panel extends lower than the bottom of the cabinet. This gives you a great place to hide the strips. Just tape it up behind the overhang.
- If your cabinets do not have an overhang, then you can position your LED cabinet lighting near the back of the cabinets, closer to the wall. This will keep them mostly out of sight from people standing in the kitchen.
- Use a channel to hide the LED lighting strip itself. The channels made of aluminium help spread heat away from the LEDs, which extends their use. They also cover each bulb and the wiring.