Stick 'Em Up
Battery-powered LEDs from Pegasus Lighting automatically flick on when motion is detected within five feet. An affordable option for renters, these fixtures can be installed with tape for a temporary under-cabinet lighting solution.
LED strip lights are sold in reels, which the homeowner can easily cut to fit under cabinetry. While maintaining excellent heat dissipation, these 24-volt strips from LED-LES feature 60 bulbs per meter.
Whiter and Brighter
If your kitchen has a modern feel, consider enhancing your countertops with ultra-bright LED strip lights from Flexfire LEDs, rated to last a whopping 50,000 hours.
Looking to avoid a complicated installation? Adjustable track lighting from Improvements is powered with batteries, and its four pivoting heads may be positioned to bounce light off the backsplash.
A unique hardwired option, the Xenon Low Voltage Triangle Light (available in multiple finishes) evenly distributes under-cabinet lighting through a pane of frosted glass and conveniently, the fixture can be dimmed.
Illuminate a kitchen with dark corners and recesses using Utilitech's Xenon Light Bar Kit. Whether hardwired or plugged in, these straightforward fixtures can be linked together to complement any cabinet configuration.
From Legrand, this fully customizable under-cabinet lighting system builds off a modular track fitted with outlets (into which LED fixtures are plugged) and USB ports (which charge cellphones or tablet devices).
Warm and Welcoming
Halogen lighting, though typically more expensive to buy and operate than other types, is uncommonly pleasant. From Sea Gull Lighting, this fixture with frosted glass creates an even, warm glow.
Keep It Cool
Fluorescent lighting, such as the fixture at left from Pegasus Lighting, is cooler to the touch and far more energy efficient than incandescent, and newer fluorescents emit "warmer" light than predecessors did.
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How To: Install Under-Cabinet Lighting
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