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Kitchen Under Cabinet lighting is a set of lights installed underneath the cupboards in your kitchen, illuminating the counter and the wall splash area. Some of the systems could be installed inside of the cupboards as well. It lights up your kitchen working area with a local task light using less electrical power than the general kitchen light, and adds value and style to your kitchen.

Most of the systems available on the market are supplied from 12V DC transformers included, or optional, when you buy the system. These systems could use LED or incandescent bulbs. Advantage of the 12V system is fact that it is allowed to be installed inside the cupboard for the purpose of illumination of the shelves, if required. The big drawback of every system with transformer is the transformer, being one more thing to break down. Some power loss in the transformer occurs. 12V DC LED fixtures represent a wide game of interesting design choices, but luminosity of used LEDs is poor and installation will require more lighting units than expected. Power consumption is excellent, often below 20Watts per kitchen. Before the actual installation, check if the luminosity of the 12VDC system is up to your expectations.

Some of the systems
available are supplied from the house 120V AC circuit. These systems could use LED, fluorescent or incandescent (halogen or xenon) bulbs. 120V AC systems can't be installed inside cupboards. Installation on the bottom surface of the cupboard makes them hard to notice. They come in a two basic shapes: narrow, elongated boxes or small, round pucks. Fluorescent under cabinet lights are a thing of the past. Incandescent (halogen or xenon) under cabinet 120V AC present good light, but are very hot to touch and power hungry. The average kitchen would require from 120 to 200 Watts. Arguably, your best choice would be LED 120V AC, but they are rare and few in between. Power consumption is excellent and well below 20Watts per kitchen.

The Green Electrician usually keeps a small stock of 3" DIA LED 120V AC pucks with great luminosity, but check availability if interested. The big advantage of 120V AC installation is the possibility of switching it with a regular in-the-wall switch. It will require access into the kitchen wall and may be limited by existing ceramic tiles and other in-the-wall installations.

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