When was the last time you set out to prepare a meal, mix a drink, sign a document, or fix something in the garage without first making sure you had proper lighting? Few fixtures can provide aesthetics and functionality in a single package, but that’s exactly what under-cabinet LED lighting systems do. Though these fixtures are most commonly installed in the kitchen, under-cabinet task lighting is a welcome addition to any office desk, garage workstation, residential cocktail bar, or walk-in closet. What makes them so effective is their quality design, as they are an unobtrusive yet effective addition to the space – when set up right, they not only add functional light, but can provide an extra layer of color and visual interest to a room.
When setting up under the cabinet LED lights, the fixtures have to be concealed from view and metered properly to get the most out of the system. From a concealed position, the fixtures can produce a glow like effect that is soft and sophisticated. This effect is enhanced with the presence of glare shields built into the fixtures, and by softening the illumination, there is no chance of hot spots or sharp light contrasts taking away from the display. Still, because the fixtures are placed in close proximity to counter tops, they make it easier for people to prepare food and clean with the added brightness. These systems are called task fixtures for a reason.
Under-cabinet or LED task lighting fixtures are typically concealed under the upper cabinet, providing a wonderful glare-free light source for kitchen counters, cocktail bars, garage workstations, office desks or anywhere that functional lighting is needed for performing a task. By design, LED light sources produce very little heat and offer a continuous linear light source, making them the most desired task light. Gone are the days spent tinkering away at your garage workstation only until the headache from a flickering fluorescent bulb sends you back inside the house. LED lights are far superior to fluorescent or incandescent lighting fixtures in efficiency and longevity.
In a residential or professional office, under-cabinet lighting provides you with enough light required to read and write at your desk without having to turn on the overhead room lights, which can certainly affect both the temperature and the comfort of a space. With the right combination of accent lighting and task lighting, you can create the ultimate workspace that makes both you and your clients feel at home in your office.
Phantom can execute such a cabinet lighting system with its proprietary mounting trims and with dimmer controls, which allow homeowners to set the system’s output level and get the look they prefer. For example, task lighting in a home’s cocktail bar can be dimmed to introduce an inviting glow that also provides enough ambient light to properly mix drinks in the evening hours. That same fixture can then be turned up to its full brightness to allow the bar area to be thoroughly and safely cleaned once the party is over.
Phantom Lighting has a number of tools and customization options to optimize a system, and they can be used in an endless number of combinations to produce just as many looks. If we can help with your under-cabinet lighting project, just give us a call toll-free at 800-863-1184 or request a quote using our online form.