Undercabinet Lighting Buying Guide

Undercabinet lighting can be surprisingly easy to install, even for first-time do-it-yourselfers. Here’s how to sort through the various types of undercabinet lighting and choose the right type for your needs.

Types of Undercabinet Lighting

Types of Undercabinet Lighting

All undercabinet lighting casts small amounts of light in fairly directed positions. The glow can be enough to offer specific task lighting—say, in a kitchen—or illumination that accents a particular feature in a room such as an office or laundry space. The type of undercabinet lighting—strip, puck, recessed, or rope—you choose depends on the size of the area you want to light as well as how invasive the installation.

Strip

Strip lights, undercabinet lights that are strung together, have a very low profile and can be installed either during construction or postproject. As with other undercabinet lights, strip undercabinet lights can be directed upward or downward.

shop Strip
Legrand
$87.99

Legrand APST9TM1 Designed for use with shorter cabinet sections to extend the under - cabinet system throughout your kitchen. Feat...ures: -Includes end caps.-Includes one outlet module and can support one puck or linear LED light.-Tamper - resistant outlets are designed with a patented shutter system, keeping children safe by preventing them from pushing small objects into the outlet.-Enables direct wire connection to wiring behind the wall.-Cannot be connected to any other modular track segment.-Sleek titanium finish.-adorne collection.-Made in the USA.-Product Type: Strip light.-Collection: adorne .-Finish: Titanium.-Bulb Type: LED.-Dimmable: No -Compatible Dimmer Type: .-LED Dimmable: ..-Commercial Use: Yes.-Country of Manufacture: United States.Dimensions: -Track is 10" in length but can be cut down to 8" to fit a smaller cabinet section.-Overall Height - Top to Bottom: 3.-Overall Length - Side to Side: 12.5.-Overall Depth - Front to Back: 2.75.-Overall Product Weight: 0.75. read more

Elk Lighting
$174.00 $116.00

Elk Lighting Aurora 26" Under Cabinet Strip Light Aurora under cabinet lighting features more diffuse glass and easy-to-use fricti...on clips for door release. Captioned door provides easy lamp and installation access, and mounting screws come captioned... read more

Puck

Puck lights resemble a hockey puck and are often attached to cabinets with adhesive. They can be grouped together under a long stretch of cabinets or used here and there as needed.

shop Puck
Dainolite
$37.39

DAY2618 Features Bulb type: Xenon Safety rating: CSA/UL Product Type: Puck light Bulb Type: Xenon Mounting Method: Screw-In Bracke...t Fixture Power Type: Hardwired Dimensions Overall Product Weight: 2 lbs read more

Vaxcel
$24.00

VXL3145 Features Finish: Bronze Material: Plastic Frosted diffuser Rating: Interior damp Eco friendly Bulb type: LED bulb Product ...Type: Puck light Finish: Bronze Bulb Type: LED Bulb Included: Yes Primary Material: Plastic Linkable: Yes Switch Included:... read more

Vaxcel
$24.00

VXL3143 Features Smart Lighting collection Finish: White Material: Plastic No glass Wattage: 3 W Rating: Interior damp Product Typ...e: Puck light Finish: White Bulb Type: LED Bulb Included: Yes Primary Material: Plastic Linkable: Yes Switch Included: Yes... read more

Luminance
$24.99

• Dimmable White Puck Light • Wattage 3w 24v • Lumens 240 • Color 3000K • Lamp Life 50,000Hrs • CRI 90 • Beam 120° • M.O.L 0.31" •... M.O.D 3.54" • UL Listed • Warranty 5 Years read more

Recessed

Recessed undercabinet lighting resembles traditional recessed cans; the lights are mounted so they sit flush with the cabinet. They offer an almost invisible profile but require more involved installation.

Rope

Rope undercabinet lights come strung together in a rope that plugs into an outlet. Some rope undercabinet lighting can be trimmed to desired lengths. Clips can adhere rope lighting below cabinets, or the rope can simply be placed on top of cabinets to send a glow toward the ceiling.

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

Undercabinet lighting is often selected because it will not draw attention to itself, but rather blend into the background. Because of that, most of the purchasing decisions to take into consideration focus on how invasive the installation will be, as well as the type of light provided. Before you choose undercabinet lighting, review the installation method and electrical source; controls; and light color and source to ensure you’re making the best choice for your home, time, and budget.

Installation/Electrical Source

Undercabinet lighting attaches to a plug-in, operates by battery, or gets wired to a switch. The fixture you choose depends on several factors, including cost (wiring is more expensive), stage of project (battery-operated versions offer a simple upgrade), and the time available for installation.

Controls

Many battery-operated lights operate via touch or a hand switch. Undercabinet lights that plug-in can be hooked to an outlet that operates through a wall-mount switch. Wiring offers the most control options.

Light Color and Source

Many undercabinet lights provide a directed beam, which may or may not be what you need. Evaluate the square footage to be lit as well as the type of light cast by the fixture. In addition, whiter light portrays food as more palatable, so review the package before buying bulbs for your undercabinet fixtures.

Decor on sale

Lithonia Lighting
$175.00 $131.25

Lithonia Lighting UCLD 24 M4 24" LED Under Cabinet Light Light up your day to day tasks with proper under cabinet lighting! Cabine...t lights are ideal for use under and over cabinets, display cases, task lighting, office lighting, coves and utility/work areas. Lithonia Lighting UCLD 24 M4 Features: Low profile design, with on/off rocker switch Rugged low profile aluminum housing includes 13" connector cord for linking multiple lights together Provides warm color, 3000K with 83 CRI Can be used with standard dimmable switches Swivel head allows light to be directed to desired areas Dimmable 5-Year Warranty All mounting hardware included Energy Star and Title 24 Qualified Can be direct wired or powered by 5' cord and plug (included) CUL Listed to US and Canadian safety standards Lithonia Lighting UCLD 24 M4 Specifications: Bulb Lifespan: 50000 Hours Bulb Type: LED Color Rendering Index: 83 Color Temperature: 3000 Height: 1" Length: 24" Wattage: 11.8 Width: 3" read more

AFX
$72.60 $48.40

AFX T5U213 24" Two Light T5 Fluorescent 120v Features: Direct wire Includes: smooth white acrylic diffuser Includes...: hardware connector Designed to cast light in a downward direction Sturdy steel construction Multiple knockouts conveniently located Low profile: 1-1/4" UL and cUL Rated for Dry Location 2 Year Warranty Other lengths available in the T5U Collection: 12", 21", 34", 42" Options also available separately in the T5U Collection: with outlet, on/off switch, and lamping included (RT suffix) Lamping Technology: Bulb Base - CFL Plugin: This is a quad-pin base with two bi-pin pairs. These are used with compact fluorescent tubes that plug into a light fixture that has a permanent ballast. Dimensions: Height: 1.25" Width: 3.625" Length: 24.375" Product Weight: 3.2 lbs Electrical Specifications: Bulb Base: CFL Plugin Bulb Type: Compact Fluorescent (T5) Bulb Included: No Number of Bulbs: 2 (F8T5) Watts Per Bulb: 8 Wattage: 16 Voltage: 120v Electronic ballast Compliance: UL Listed - Indicates whether a product meets standards and compliance guidelines set by Underwriters Laboratories. This listing determines what types of rooms or environments a product can be used in safely. read more

AFX
$128.70 $85.80

AFX T5U213 42" Two Light T5 Fluorescent 120v Features: Direct wire Includes: smooth white acrylic diffuser Includes...: hardware connector Designed to cast light in a downward direction Sturdy steel construction Multiple knockouts conveniently located Low profile: 1-1/4" UL and cUL Rated for Dry Location 2 Year Warranty Other lengths available in the T5U Collection: 12", 21", 24", 34" Options also available separately in the T5U Collection: with on/off switch and lamping included (RT suffix) Lamping Technology: Bulb Base - CFL Plugin: This is a quad-pin base with two bi-pin pairs. These are used with compact fluorescent tubes that plug into a light fixture that has a permanent ballast. Dimensions: Height: 1.25" Width: 3.625" Length: 42.375" Product Weight: 3.2 lbs Electrical Specifications: Bulb Base: CFL Plugin Bulb Type: Compact Fluorescent (T5) Bulbs Included: No Number of Bulbs: 2 (F13T5) Watts Per Bulb: 13 Wattage: 26 Voltage: 120v Electronic ballast Compliance: UL Listed - Indicates whether a product meets standards and compliance guidelines set by Underwriters Laboratories. This listing determines what types of rooms or environments a product can be used in safely. read more

WAC Lighting
$112.38 $81.00

This miniature adjustable LED low voltage recessed trim is designed for use lighting up cabinets or display cases. Product Feature...s: May be dimmed with electronic low voltage (ELV) dimmer 40° adjustment angle from vertical 350° horizontal rotation... read more

WAC Lighting
$112.38 $81.00

This miniature adjustable LED low voltage recessed trim is designed for use lighting up cabinets or display cases. Product Feature...s: May be dimmed with electronic low voltage (ELV) dimmer 40° adjustment angle from vertical 350° horizontal rotation... read more

Access Lighting
$138.00 $92.00

Product Features: Fully covered under Access Lighting's 1-year warranty Fixture housing is constructed of aluminum - ensuring year...s of reliable performance Features a rectangular shaped acrylic shade Designed to cast light in a downward direction... read more

Maxim
$48.00 $32.00

Features: Part of the CounterMax MX-X120 Series Surface or recessed installation Perfect of the DIY customer Fully covered under M...axim's 1-year limited warranty UL Listed for Dry Location Dimmable fixture - designed to work with most standard dimmer... read more

WAC Lighting
$32.38 $23.50

This low voltage under cabinet puck light is designed for lighting cabinets and display cases. It is not intended for use in ceili...ngs or walls. Included Components: Inner housing for recessed installation 72" of lead wire 20W Xenon bulb Product... read more

Sea Gull Lighting
$26.60 $19.00

Features: Reflector offers 40 degree task lighting 80" cord and plug included for use with 9875 plug-in transformer Surface mount ...ring and mounting screws included or a 2 3/4" diameter hole may be drilled in shelf for recessed mounting Can be recessed... read more

This item has been added to your list

This item has been added to your sale alerts