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Cabinet lights explored

Author: Glenn Harper
Published: October 10, 2013

There are many reasons to install cabinet lights, both practical and decorative. It all depends on what you need them for. For example they make great task lighting for the kitchen, but can also be used as display lighting in the dining or living room.

Uses for cabinet lights in the home

Kitchen task lighting

Kitchen under-cabinet lighting helps to eliminate shadows when you are preparing food. Fluorescent tubes are a very popular choice for under-cabinet lighting. They use a fraction of the energy of filament-burning lights, last about five times longer and produce very little heat.

T4 and T5 fluorescent tubes are both appropriate choices for this type of task lighting. The main difference between T4's and T5's is the thickness of the tubes. The T4 has a half-inch diameter, while the T5 is five-eighths of an inch.

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The high-quality Mantova T5 Switched Striplight with adjustable frosted glass head that allows you to direct the light to where you need it. This modern fitting does not have the monotonous flicker and hum of earlier-generations.

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Discreet display lights

If you need subtle display lighting for your favourite ornaments or trophies you may want to consider strip lighting like these Surface Mounted LED's. Remember when installing display lighting to try to make sure the fittings are out of sight.

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Small cabinets? No worries

The size of your cabinet is very important when choosing suitable lighting. For example, if you are concerned that it may be too small to install lighting into then you may want to consider a Set of 4 Surface Mounted LED Downlights. Simply use the included self-adhesive pads to fix them as required.

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Displaying sensitive objects

For heat-sensitive objects the Mica LED Cabinet Light is a sound option for showing off delicate items. These LED fittings produce very little heat and no UV radiation making them a good choice if you want to prevent the deterioration of books and other delicate ornaments.

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A low voltage option

An alternative under-cabinet choice is the contemporary Satin Chrome Low Voltage Linkable Triangle Light. Smart in appearance, you can run up to five of these low voltage lights from a single transformer, and with their bright white halogen output these discreet lights will perform admirably. They are not only cost efficient to run but also incredibly chic for kitchen style.

Happy to help

Having touched upon some of the points to consider when installing cabinet lights, remember that the Lighting Direct staff are always on hand to offer advice specifically tailored to your needs. Give us a call or order online today.

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