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Under Cupboard Lighting Solutions

We enjoyed our kitchen in Mumbai and the rest of the house that we had redesigned to suit our tastes and needs. While we continue to live in a rented house in Hyderabad, it doesn’t stop us from reading about, researching and continuing to look for a forever home for ourselves. With home design solutions constantly getting better and the options increasing we looked at lighting – such an important aspect especially for the kitchen and study of our dreams.

Under cupboard lighting solutions to consider for your home

The under cupboard lights you currently have may have seen better days. Whether they look unsightly and old-fashioned, take an age to come on or have started making a noise, it could be time to replace them. You may also be thinking of fitting under cupboard lighting for the first time.

Whichever of these situations applies, you have options when it comes to which type of lighting to choose. Let’s take a look at three popular choices.

Fluorescent strips

You may shiver at the mere thought of having fluorescent strips fitted in your home. The truth is that the modern version of this form of lighting is much improved. There are none of those annoying buzzing sounds. You should also find that the light comes on straight away and provides a good shade of lighting. One important aspect of modern fluorescent strips is that they are far sleeker than their predecessors.

Puck lights

These lights look like a hockey puck. The best thing about this type of under cupboard lighting is that it does not need to be wired. These lights come with battery power and can simply be stuck on. This makes them a good choice as temporary lighting.

LED strip lights or tape

Technically two different forms of lighting, but both with the power of LED. The biggest benefit of LED strips is that they last longer than fluorescent strips. One thing worth pointing out is that the colour is sometimes a duller shade, so you need to make sure that you are happy with this before you buy. The other negative aspect of LED strips is that they tend to be more expensive than other options.

LED tape is only really suitable as a support to already strong overhead lighting as it does not emit as much light as strip lighting. The main positives of this type of lighting are that it’s thin, unobtrusive and flexible.

Which type of light should you choose?

There is no one size fits all solution when it comes to choosing under cupboard lighting. The type that you choose will depend on your own situation and budget. If you want permanent lighting with a high colour intensity you may feel that fluorescent strips are your best option. If you are looking for longevity then you should consider LED strips. Puck lights enable you to be flexible with your under cupboard lighting. LED tape can be more suitable in areas where fitting traditional lighting is tricky.

The most important thing is to do your research, take your time and make the right choice for you. It’s also important to remember that if you have any electric lights fitted they need to be maintained.  Professionals such as Electrical Detectives can help with maintenance and make sure that the lights remain safe and in good condition. This is important, not just from a safety point of view, but also because you want to ensure you get the best possible life and performance from your lights.


Image of under cupboard lighting via Shutterstock


  1. Shalini Shalini April 5, 2017

    Wow, I have never tried them at all. Will definitely take a look, for we are again moving in two months 😛

  2. Deepa Deepa April 3, 2017

    Under cupboard lights are really helpful and I loved the fluorescent option you suggested. They are all wireless and that’s the biggest benefit. Going to check them all now.

  3. Amrita Amrita April 3, 2017

    I think I was directed to this post by God .I ned those Honey puck lights.They sound perfect for my cupboard woes.I need a no wires solution
    urgently.Thanks for the suggestions Corinne

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | April 3, 2017

      Ah, so nice to know, Amrita. Hope you find just what you need.

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