Undercabinet Lighting is Better Than Ever
LEDs set a high bar for kitchen-workspace illumination.
Synopsis: Light-emitting diodes (LEDs) are setting a high bar for kitchen-workspace illumination. Available in different color temperatures, LEDs have conquered the stigma attached to their cold, blue light with phosphor coatings that cast a warm, pleasant light. Managing editor, Debra Judge Silber, takes us inside the various lighting technologies in “Undercabinet Lighting Is Better Than Ever.” By showing what makes the new breed of tape- and puck-style LED technologies more versatile and practical for illuminating the undercabinet workspaces than fluorescent, halogen, and xenon fixtures, lowering cost and development cost-effective replacements will be manufacturer’s greatest challenge.
There may be no place where advances in home lighting are more apparent than under kitchen cabinets. White-hot halogens and temperamental fluorescents are making way for a new crop of LEDs that are not just superefficient — they’re as aesthetically pleasing as the long-dominant incandescent. “Undercabinet lighting is one of the areas where LED…