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LED Under Cabinet Lighting
Hardware Hut offers a wide selection of energy-efficient, long-life cabinet lighting and accent light options in our cabinet hardware collection. Choose from LED tape lights, LED puck lights, and under cabinet LED strip lighting from manufacturers such as Tresco Lighting and Loox5 by Hafele.
Under Cabinet LED Strip LightingUnder the counter LED lighting serves both decorative and functional purposes. Adding LED strip lights to your kitchen can highlight workspaces, illuminate attractive backsplash tiles, and add brightness to countertop workspaces. Connected to dimmers, LED undercounter lighting adds ambiance to kitchens, bathrooms, and office spaces. Choose strong, direct LED under cabinet lighting for work areas to reduce shadows, and select softer, warmer light temperatures for eating and accent areas.
Basic Under Cabinet Lighting Terminology
- Foot Candles: the amount of light falling onto a surface. The common U.S. unit of lighting level (illumination) is the foot-candle (fc). The international unit of measurement of illumination is the lux (lx), which is about 10x the foot candle metric (one fc = 10.764 lux). One foot candle is equal to 1 lumen per square foot.
- Lux: The metric way of describing illuminance on a surface. Rule of thumb, divide lux by 10 to get foot candles.
- Lumens: Metric term measuring the total light output of a lamp at the lamp. More is better.
- Watts: An obsolete way of describing incandescent lighting, although it is still listed on Lighting Facts Labels by law, LED's use about 1/5 the wattage of halogen or incandescent sources to produce the same lumen, in other words, more lumens per watt.
- CRI (Color Rendering Index): A measure of a lamp's ability to render colors accurately in objects. The CRI is expressed on a scale of 0-100 (1=low pressure sodium, with poor color rendering, to 100=the sun), a CRI of 85 and above is considered very good. Limitations are that it uses a pastel palette, and is non linear in the red range.
- K (Kelvin): Measurement of correlated color temperature (CT), originally, a term used to describe the "whiteness" of incandescent lamp light, or color "temperature" expressed in degrees Kelvin. Although it may not seem sensible, a higher color temperature describes a visually cooler, bluer light source. The color temperature has nothing to do with how hot the lamp will get or how much heat is given off by the fixture.
- HUE: The variety of color, dependent on it's dominant wavelength.
- ETL or UL: The ETL or UL marks serve as proof of product compliance to Canadian and U.S. standards. When products bear these marks, this indicates to the consumer that the products have passed a complete and thorough set of tests and certification requirements.
The color of light, also referred to as color temperature is the rating a particular color renders on the Kelvin scale. These color temperatures will alter how an object or room is perceived when illuminated. LED cabinet lights are typically available in a wide selection of warm & cool temperatures ranging from 2700-6500K.
- 2700K Warm White: Recommended for Earth Tones; Mimics Incandescent; Highlights Wood Grains; Primarily for Residential; Not Recommended for White.
- 3000K Warm White: Recommended for Earth Tones; Slightly “Whiter” Than Incandescent; Highlights Wood Grains; Primarily for Residential; Not Recommended for White.
- 3500K Warm to Neutral: Transitional Between Warm and Cool; Will Equally Highlight Earth Tones and Cool Tones; Recommended for Residential and Commercial Use; Will Give White an Off-White Look
- 5000K Cool White: Highlights Whites/Blue/CoolTones; Primarily Commercial Use; Recommended for White; Not Recommended for Wood Grain/Earth Tones
- 6500K Daylight: Has Bluish Tint (Sky Color) ; Primarily Used for Backlighting/Sign; Not Recommended for Residential
In addition to our under cabinet LED strip lighting, check our LED cabinet lighting selection for even more lighting options. Our LED undercounter lighting works well with our collection of furniture components, especially when combined with bookcases, shelves, workspaces, and office desks.
If lighting is new to you, call us today at 800-708-6649 for options on available Layout Assistance Programs!