Lighting Under Cabinets
Written by charlesgriffin on August 12, 2016
Lighting For Luxury
There are basic ways to light up a space and they are increasingly becoming more and more numerous, almost infinite. There is even a pen that can draw connections on paper to connect led lights. Lights are being printing in some places. No doubt we love good lighting, and nothing makes a luxury hotel, home or living space more fun, or relaxing than a well light space. Since the variations on what can be done with light is so vast we will focus on a few things in this article: 1. The basics of most lighting spaces, 2. The best sources of light and how to get them.
There is a multitude of purposes for light today, but a few good categorizations are: 1. Task oriented, 2. Ambient or outdoor lighting 3. Accent lighting. These are all separated by practicality and the function of the light. There are uses that keep pushing the boundaries of light such as incorporating it into clothing but the best way get a basic handle on how to properly light your living space or business is by the 3 ways listed above.
Task lighting essentially can be broken down into working lights. These are cooking, working in the shop, under a car, or somewhere where work is being performed. In other words a certain “task” needs to be accomplished. The light that needs to be considered is 3 fold in this case, brightness, color temperature, and amount. The typical task lighting is best carried out with an Ultra Bright. In the case of a shed, workshop or cooking and cutting this type of brightness is best since there is an immense amount of light that is introduced into the area.
Color Temperature and amount
There are 3 basic color temperatures that need to be considered for Task lights. All of these can be applied to the other types of lights such as ambient and accent, but the most popular for task lighting is 6500K or a Cool White light. This is the best for performing tasks and can be most associated with surgical and medical industrial uses. The more intense and bright light really allows details to be focused on and allows the eyes to absorb the most depth of the object being lit. The amount of lighting needed refers to the length of the light strip. Typically the best LEDs are made in strips or panels that will provide a long length to light the most area.
Ambient lighting preferences
The amount of ambient light or “outdoor” lighting depends on the function of the light. This is where the other 2 types of color temperature meet. It is also why the color temperature of “pure white” or 4200K is the recommended temperature. This color temperature replicates sunlight, which can have a nice warm feel for a home without blue or intense hues; however, it is also bright enough to not be too yellow or dim so it could be used for tasks. The ambient lighting is typical for behind TVs to help ease eye strain while in a dark room, but also is very popular in function as being used under beds, in the closet and under and over cabinets in the kitchen.
The best accent light is the one that really compliments whatever object or space that it is complimenting. This is the typical use for artwork and is really the most frivolous lighting use but also very high end and luxurious. Vanity comes to mind such as behind vanity mirrors, behind Large Flat Screen TVs but also used to light artwork, sculptures, outdoor trees, and even outdoor and indoor design features. This is a rapidly growing part of the lighting industry as people who want to live in a more luxurious space discovery the dramatic effects of accent lighting.
Color Temperatures are personal preference
When it all comes down to it color temperatures are a personal preference for the designer. If you are in the Golf resort industry, resorts, rentals, hotels; your designer should consider the target market and audience. If your resort is bent on a warm get away experience for relaxing, the warm white or 3000K color temperature would be the best bet for lighting inside; however, if the feel of the space needs to be more business focused, then a cool or pure white light would be necessary.
Taking it up a notch
To really enhance a living space, especially in luxurious hotels, the designer really needs to purchase cut and connect light strips. These types of LED lights are customizable in length and can be installed in numerous places as well as tied together seamlessly through the hardwire option in the walls and connected to wall mounted switches or remotes. This makes for the most upscale look and design of any interior space.
Best lighting sources
This leads us into our discussion with the best possible light sources and how to obtain them. According to the Energy.gov LEDs are the best. LED strips and LED light bars, LED light panels are all the rave right now and I believe it is because of the next level it brings the lighting industry toward. The idea of modern lighting is meshed together with classic lighting all while being able to hide the lights of a living space. Interior design is not something that can be cheap; however, with LED lighting options it can be a very luxurious and cost effective way to light your area.
How to purchase LED lights
Remember that not all lights have been created equal. Remember the variations in light that I listed above and that the light can effectively be the most incredible enhancement any Golf Resort can add to its ambiance. Just think of the details when doing design. This final detail can sometimes be viewed as small but in the grand scheme of Golf clubs and gatherings it is a critical part of the design detail to project an image of luxury, relaxation, opulence and wealth.
Amazon or Google
So naturally the best places to go for deals to be very cost effective is Amazon or Google. Buyer Beware that the Amazon marketplace can tend to be a place of cheaply made materials sold at a cheap price but you get the cheapest product available. There are good companies on Amazon though and they tend to be either made in America products, or more likely they are manufactured in America. The single best company on Amazon is Inspired LED. You can visit one of their most popular products here, Hardwired LED Under Cabinet Lighting. You can also find them by Google Searching, “Under Cabinet Lighting Scottsdale”. They are a local Arizona Company which is find to hard quality these days. They also have incredible American customer service.