Avoiding Reflection From Under-Cabinet Lighting
Our expert, Randall Whitehead, IALD, suggests a bit of “counter” intelligence to eliminate glare.
What is the best way to avoid glare on a granite counter when using under-cabinet lighting?
While highly polished granite counter tops are still popular, what we are seeing in the design world is a move toward more matte finishes. Designers and builders are using concrete, marble, slate, soapstone, quartz and other composite materials for their countertops and moving away from the highly reflective surfaces. Granite too, is being specified in honed finishes. My favorite is a “flamed” finish, where the granite has a wonderful textural feel. Face it: A spectral surface is a mirror. It will reflect any light source, whether it is incandescent, fluorescent or LED. You can’t make a mirror stop being reflective unless you alter the surface. Or you could consider not dusting.
Randall Whitehead, IALD
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