Inside cabinet lighting is something a lot of homeowners don’t think about when decorating their home, but these fixtures offer a major enhancement to any built-in shelving units or freestanding display furniture pieces. Display furniture is typically used to show off a treasured collection, be it photos, sports memorabilia, books, artwork or something else. The point of a collection is to impress visitors and remind the homeowner of certain life events or important time periods and without the right fixtures, the collection will not be showcased in its best light. Fortunately, Phantom offers a number of accent lighting fixtures for this type of display and can be fitted into nearly any application. In this article, we will be discussing the many benefits of adding Phantom cabinet lighting to the displays in your home.
Phantom’s cabinet lighting is one of the most luxurious enhancements you can make to the displays in your home. The visual impact created by a finely-tuned cabinet lighting system is unparalleled in terms of interior design. Our recessed LED linear lighting systems are available in a variety of options that make them the perfect building blocks for any lighting design project.
With Phantom’s proprietary concealed mounting and wiring methods, no visible fixtures will interfere with your displays or the high-quality illumination we’re known for, giving the meaning to our motto, “see the light, not the fixture.”
The lighting designers at Phantom have years of experience in cabinet lighting and would be more than happy to help you come up with a lighting design plan for your home or business. These are some of the areas in a home where cabinet lighting can be the most beautiful and beneficial:
These are just a few of the places throughout a home that benefit greatly from cabinet lighting – the possibilities are endless with Phantom’s variety of mounting methods and trim profiles. If you are a business owner or proprietor of a retail space, Phantom’s adjustable cabinet lighting series are the perfect addition to any retail display because the shelves can be adjusted without the need for rewiring – click here to learn more.
How long do LED cabinet lights typically last?
LED cabinet lights, like most other LED lights, have a rated life of around 30,000 hours, though many will last far longer. How long is 30,000 hours? If operated 24 hours a day, a light rated for 30,000 hours will last for nearly 3.5 years, and if operated for 12 hours a day, that light will provide almost 7 full years of illumination. No other technology compares to LED in the longevity department, and this keeps replacement frequency and operating costs down.
How do Phantom cabinet light systems work?
There are several proprietary components of Phantom’s cabinet lighting systems that make them the premiere option on the market in terms of display illumination. We’ve written an article that explains each of these components in detail – click here to learn more.
Are LED cabinet lights dimmable?
It depends. Not every LED light is dimmable, though many are. Whether a fixture is dimmable or not is rarely apparent just by looking at it. In most cases, you’ll have to check with the manufacturer to know for sure. If you’re working with a cabinet lighting designer, they will usually have dimmable LED lights available, so no calls to the manufacturer are necessary.
It’s not enough to have dimmable LED cabinet lights, though, because LED fixtures aren’t compatible with leading edge dimmers. Leading edge dimmers are used with incandescent fixtures and are the most common in residential buildings. They are calibrated for dealing with higher wattage fixtures, and this includes incandescent lights. LED lights are on the other end of the wattage spectrum, as they require much less energy to output the same amount of illumination. This is great for efficiency, but it means leading edge dimmers may not handle LED lights properly. For example, the dimming range may be reduced when pairing a leading edge dimmer with an LED fixture. Since LEDs operate at such low wattages, the dimmer may consider the LED light “off” when it is really set at a low output level.
Trailing edge dimmers are the solution to this problem, as they are calibrated specifically for LED fixtures and their low wattages. With a trailing edge dimmer, and a dimmable LED fixture, homeowners have the same level of control that a comparable incandescent or xenon system could provide. Trailing edge dimmers can be installed quickly and inexpensively by an experienced electrician.
Will my photos and decorative objects be safe under these lights?
Absolutely. Phantom’s cabinet lighting systems utilize LED technology, which doesn’t produce any heat or UV radiation, so anything you put on display will be safe while it is beautifully illuminated! If you have an existing halogen cabinet lighting system and are worried about the heat produced by this older technology, we now offer retrofit LED festoon lamps.
Can Phantom’s cabinet lights be installed in a free-standing piece of furniture?
Yes – Phantom’s cabinet lighting systems are perfect for free-standing furniture, including corner cabinets! Click here to read more about lighting curio cabinets and antique furniture.
What makes Phantom systems better than the kind I can buy at a big-box store?
There is a stark difference between garden variety fixtures at a retail store, and the expertly crafted fixtures that an illumination design firm like Phantom offers. Phantom’s cabinet lighting systems are custom-built to the exact specifications of your cabinetry, not pre-made in a range of “standard” sizes. Our wiring systems are concealed, increasing the aesthetic result. Brightness isn’t enough to properly illuminate a display – Phantom’s cabinet lighting systems are controlled, subtly metered, and versatile. Our aiming trims, with shielded or lensed profiles, allow unparalleled control of the light’s direction, which makes a huge difference compared to the results achieved by a standard cabinet light, which blasts light in all directions, creating hotspots and dark zones.
If you have any questions about cabinet lighting or are ready to get started on enhancing the displays in your home or business, give Phantom Lighting a call toll-free at 800-863-1184 or request a quote using our online form. We look forward to working with you!