I presume thins is for a kitchen. One thing to consider that most people
seem to forget is color temperature. Your undercabinet lighting decision
should follow you general area lighting decision. If you use halogen
lighting anywhere in the kitchen, all lighting in the kitchen should be
halogen. Same for fluorescent all tubes should be the same color
temperature spec. If you don't match the color temperatures even if the
amount of light and distribution are good things will never look quite
right due to the mismatch.
A few people have mentioned small 120v pot lights and some of the heat and
burnouts associated with them. No one has yet mentioned 12v pot lights which
do not experience the same problems near as much, as well as being quite a
bit safer. Don't let the idea of 12v pot lights not supplying you near
enough light. The better quality ones are very capable in the light
I tried the puck type lights but didn't care for the little spots of light
on the countertop. They also ran rather hot.
Instead, I chose low profile fluorescent lights. I got mine at Home Depot,
in the fluorescent light section, not with the other undercabinet lights. I
think mine are made by GE and are their "premium" line. They come in
various lengths and are fairly expensive (about $40 for a 2' long light),
but they put off a nice even band of light and turn on instantly without
any flicker. They're only about 1" thick, so they hide easily behind the
face frame of the upper cabinets. They also run cool, so I can set a
chocolate bar or something in the upper cabinet without fear of it melting
from the light.
The fluorescent lights came with a cable that plugs into the wall, and the
other end goes into the light. You can plug it into either end of the
light, so it's really flexible. They also come with a connector cable to
daisy chain multiple lights together.
I used four of these lights in our kitchen and plugged them into outlets I
have connected to a light switch. I can flip one switch and turn all four
I also used two of these lights in my home office, but opted to just use
the rocker switch on the lights themselves to turn them on/off.
Hope this helps,
HomeOwnersHub.com is a website for homeowners and building and maintenance pros. It is not affiliated with any of the manufacturers or service providers discussed here.
All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.