How to Light Your Kitchen With LEDs – LEDs, or light-emitting diodes, are energy-saving light sources that last for years and offer tremendous flexibility for your design project. They can be used for task lighting, general room lighting and accent lighting. Here are some sensible-style ways to incorporate them into your kitchen.
LEDs make great accent lights for floating shelves. Their slim profile makes them ideal for this application.
Recessed ceiling lights are a primary source of room illumination in many kitchens. Traditionally, they’ve used halogen or other incandescent sources. New remodeling kits let you replace those fixtures easily and more affordably with long-lasting, energy-saving LEDs. Another benefit: If your ceilings are high, you may not ever have to drag out the ladder again to change a bulb: LEDs can last up to 20 years.
Glass countertops can be lit from below by LED lights. They provide dramatic accent lighting for a glass countertop’s beautiful translucent surface. LEDs can be used to highlight architectural features, like the tray ceiling or cove molding in a traditional kitchen.
Under-cabinet lighting is an ideal application for LED lights. Unlike halogens, LEDs stay cool, so your hands don’t get hot while you’re working below them.