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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 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.

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Maxim Lighting

Strip Light by Maxim Lighting from the Under Cabinet suite. Available in Metallic Bronze. Features ABC. Maxim Lighting Under Metallic Bronze Strip Light 89933MB UPC: 783209104266 SKU: Maxim Lighting 89933M 89933 8993 9933MB 933MB 33MB read more

Lite Source
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Lite Source - Need to light up those special areas? The undercabinet lighting will shed some light on any bookshelf, cabinet, or d...isplay. White cabinet lite bar is an energy saver and slim for saving space, and easy installation.28W Fluorescent T4 Type Bulb (LT4-28) On Off SwitchBulb Type: Fluorescent Bulbs Included: Yes Collection: Slim Lite Color Temperature: 4100K Finish: White Length: 46-1 2 Number of Lights: 1 Plug Included: Yes Style: Functional Suggested Room Fit: Kitchen Wattage: 28 Weight: 2.2 lbs. Width: 1-1 2. read more

Bazz Lighting

Shop for Lighting & Ceiling Fans at The Home Depot. BAZZ LED RGB strip kit with (4) 10 in. Strips that are dimmable and linkable u...p to (8) 10 in. units. Also includes a remote with a multitude of color options to enhance any room in your home needing... read more

Bazz Lighting

Shop for Lighting & Ceiling Fans at The Home Depot. BAZZ LED RGB strip kit with (4) 10 in. Strips that are dimmable and linkable u...p to (8) 10 in. units. Also includes a remote with a multitude of color options to enhance any room in your home needing... read more


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.

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Maxim Lighting

The CounterMax MX-LD Series LED discs mount easily under any cabinet and can link up to 30 discs without additional hardware using... MXInterLink2. The energy efficient LED disc uses only 1.7 watts, requires no additional driver, and stays cool to the... read more

WAC Lighting

WAC Lighting, HR-LED87, Under Cabinet, LED Button Lights, Indoor Lighting, Puck and Button Lights, WAC Lighting 1 Light LED Puck L...ight from the LED Button Lights Collection Features: Die-cast aluminum construction Recessed or surface mount Replaceable... read more

American Lighting

Kit:4 Light Kit, Finish:White, Light Bulb:(4)20w T4 G8 120v Xenon Xenon puck lights are dimmable and easy to install either as sur...face mount or recessed. Up to 10 lights may be linked together. The cover of the light has a non-glare lens that twists off for easy bulb replacement. Note: Cord and plug included with all one-, two- and four-light kits; product LVPX20-B still requires that cord and plug be purchased separately. read more

WAC Lighting
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WAC Lighting HR-LED272R-W Contemporary / Modern 1 Light 3000K Dimmable Recessed LED from the LEDme Collection Less than 1/16" thic...k, super low profile die-cast aluminum trim. Features: Square open reflector. Dimming from 100% to 5%. Light level for... read more


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 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.


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.

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Illuminate your task area or add ambient lighting to your space with this four-light cabinet light. This 30? stainless steel installs at the back of the cabinet (single BX connector included). The Easy-Lock? poly tempered glass diffuser sna read more

Series II Xenon Stainless Steel 30-inch Under Cabinet Light Kichler 10584SS

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