Cabinet lighting can be functional or it can highlight a decorative centerpiece in any room. At first, this technology was primarily used to provide illumination for work spaces or for counter tops. While this is still a popular reason for installing the technology, homeowners, museums, and art galleries are also adopting it for decorative reasons. It can be installed inside furniture to brighten up a set of shelves or it can be placed along an outside edge. This will better illuminate the surrounding area, and can create some dramatic, eye-catching effects. No matter the application a custom set of fixtures will ensure the right amount of illumination is produced, and that the fixtures themselves stay out of sight.
Many cabinet lighting installations are placed in the kitchen. The most popular application is beneath a set of hanging cabinets, because this provides soft illumination in a small area. It’s perfect for food preparation, and for night owls grabbing a late night snack. The soft light isn’t bright enough to disturb anyone else in the home, but it still provides enough illumination to see clearly. This provides extra safety and security when moving around the kitchen. Homeowners can also have cabinet lighting installed inside the furniture. This helps a person see when looking for cookware, and also imparts a touch of elegance in the kitchen.
These fixtures can also be set up in other rooms, and are perfect for bookcases, closets, and display shelving. When spread throughout a home, they can provide ample illumination at night without having to waste electricity on brighter bulbs. In fact, safety and power efficiency should be considered before selecting any fixtures. For this reason, many homeowners consult with an expert in the industry before installing anything. An experienced company like Phantom Lighting will be able to produce a custom solution using the best technology available. Before setting the fixtures, the surfaces that will be attached to are measured out. This ensures the product will fit on the piece of furniture, and remain invisible while switched on. Cabinet lighting is typically low voltage, so it uses less electricity and produces less heat than traditional bulbs.
Until the late 20th century, puck lights and fluorescent bulbs were the first choice when it came to cabinet lighting. At first, puck fixtures were popular for their high brightness, which was ideal for food preparation in the kitchen. Puck bulbs, though, were expensive to operate regularly. So, many homes started transitioning to fluorescent fixtures. Fluorescent bulbs are still common in kitchens around the country for general illumination, but they are no longer used for cabinet illumination. Their cool color hues mute other colors, and leave the room feeling cold and harsh.
This is why experts in the industry have switched over to low voltage LED bulbs and festoon lamps. These fixtures have an extremely low profile, and can be placed nearly anywhere without standing out. Their cutting-edge technology allows them to output constant levels of soft warmer hues. They are safe to use, and can create dramatic silhouettes when installed properly. This technology is one of the easiest and cost effective ways to improve the elegance and functionality of any room in the home.