Your Guide to Kitchen Cabinet Refacing
Cabinet lighting brightens up kitchen workspaceby Karl Fendelander
Face Your Kitchen Columnist
A dark kitchen isn't just depressing; it can also be a recipe for disaster. Without proper lighting on your food prep area, you could chop your finger instead of your fingerling potato or filet your hand along with the fish. Even if you've got a sizable ceiling light, the simple fact is that the light doesn't illuminate your workspace as much as your body casts a shadow on it. A kitchen might seem nicely and appropriately lit up until you have to work in it. Two solutions are in- and under-cabinet lighting, both of which throw light from different angles, brightening things up and letting you get a better look at the tasks at hand.
Types of cabinet lighting
Placement is key when it comes to lighting:
Take a stroll around your kitchen looking for dark spots, factoring in daylight and ceiling light blockage. This helps you gauge how much light you need and where. Do you want even lighting throughout or spotlights? Do your cabinets have room underneath to conceal unsightly fixtures or should you opt for something more stylized? Once you've got the basic idea of how much illumination you'd like and where the lights might go, it's time to think about different types of lights.
While retrofitting your kitchen with these lights isn't necessarily a major project, having these lights installed by a professional contractor when you reface your cabinets can be a good idea. Choose someone who is experienced with handling electrical wiring. One of the local bonded, licensed and insured* contractors found through this site can integrate these cabinet lighting solutions for you.
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