If you have been thinking about adding lighting in your kitchen and/or the pantry to improve your work spaces, consider under cabinet lighting. Under cabinet lighting is an example of task lighting, which assists us to see more clearly while we are working on a task. You may need additional light in your food prep area, the pastry zone in the kitchen or you may simply want more light in the area where you prep your coffee in the morning. Contact Mister Sparky electrical contractors in Huntsville, AL to schedule lighting installation.
With the wide availability of lighting available, selecting the right one for you and your kitchen needs may seem confusing. The following overview can help you to decide. First, lets look at some tips for lighting installation.
Tips for Under the Cabinet Installation
Lighting options have undergone extensive redesign for the kitchen. The redesign offers small lighting choices without the bulk to get in the way, and that will remain out of sight. With this in mind, under the cabinet fixtures should be installed on the front edge of the cabinet underside. This position will provide you with the most light possible shining on the work area. In addition, it is essential to select cool lighting, this avoids the potential for damage to your cabinet and its contents or of your burning your hand.
Next, you should select lighting without glare, and choose small fixtures without the heavy weight. Ensure you choose lighting that can take an impact in the event you strike it accidentally during meal preparation activities. Consider how you want your light fixtures to be powered. Your options are battery operated, plug in and hard wired into the electrical system. The latter is the best choice as this avoids the inconvenience of changing batteries and of plug in lighting taking up your outlets. However, hard wiring will require electrical contractors in Huntsville, AL to provide the necessary electrical services.
Under cabinet lighting should provide a uniform lighting surface. Furthermore, dimmable lighting is available enabling you to adjust the level of lighting from task to mellow ambiance when entertaining. Look for lighting that provides task lighting of 500 Lux for work areas, such as a food preparation. For areas where you read recipes look for 300 Lux on the packaging for comfortable reading. Lighting is an essential tool in creating both appeal and function in your home. Mister Sparky electrical contractors in Huntsville, AL can provide the installation you require.
Slim Fluorescent Strips
Slim fluorescent strips are not large, bulky lights like their predecessors. They are small enough to mount under the cabinet’s bottom, and are directional, enabling you to cast the light down onto the work area, or the wall to avoid glare.
Puck lights are round fixtures typically with halogen or xenon light bulbs. Xenon will outlast halogen three to one, however, xenon will burn hotter than halogen. However, you will need to be cautious with xenon and select lower heat producing fixtures. In addition, puck lasts cast a pool of light, and will require a number of them in order to overlap the light for complete coverage of an area. Generally, a puck light every 8 to 12 inches will provide uniform coverage. Contact our electrical contractors in Huntsville, AL to ensure the proper installation.
LED Strips and Packs
Small LED fixtures can also be mounted on the front area underneath upper cabinets. As they are energy efficient LED’s, they provide a long service life, lower operating costs, and a different quality of light. They may cost more initially, but will save you energy for years to come. LED lighting is also cool lighting and ideal for under the counter lighting.
You can select LED lights that provide a pleasant, warm ambiance to any space, or opt for a selection that offers a bright quality of light. There are a variety of options in LED lighting to choose from. In general, look for 300 Lux or above. Selecting Energy Star approved lighting ensures you receive the highest reliability and energy efficiency.
Only select light fixtures certified by the Underwriters Laboratory (UL). The UL tests products for safety and writes the standards. When you plan to hard wire light fixtures, hire licensed electrical contractors in Huntsville, AL to ensure the proper installation, safety and long term performance of the product.
Remember, hiring an our licensed electrical contractors in Huntsville, AL to hard wire your lighting choices into the electrical system will prevent the need to use the outlets in your kitchen. It often seems there is never enough outlets in the kitchen. Even for those who have sufficient outlets, using all available receptacles often results in a thrown circuit breaker. When this occurs, it means the electrical circuit is overloaded, drawing more electricity than the circuit was designed to provide. Mister Sparky electrical contractors in Huntsville, AL can take care of this issue for you, ensuring you have adequate electricity for your needs. Our skilled electricians can provide for all your electrical needs.
Contact Mister Sparky electrical contractors in Huntsville, AL to schedule the electrical installation of under cabinet lighting or other services. Our licensed electricians in Huntsville, AL offer the residential and commercial services you need and the expertise you can trust. Mister Sparky serves the North Alabama region, and is a member of the BBB with an A+ rating.