Where to Mount LED Lighting Under Cabinets
Our expert describes his favorite mounting position ... for kitchen task lighting.
 
LED lighting is an up-and-coming new market, which is exciting for manufacturers as well as electricians like me. I have a question about undercabinet LED strip/tape lighting. Where under the cabinet is the best place to put this type of lighting?

I, too, am excited about everything that's happening with LEDs. As far as undercabinet task lighting goes, I like to mount the fixtures toward the front of the cabinets, pointed toward the backsplash and the countertop. If the fixtures are mounted at the back of the cabinetry, they could look like glaring bands of illumination when you're sitting at the breakfast table or in an adjoining room. I like the LED tape lighting to be pointed at a 45-degree angle. Manufacturers like Environmental Lights and Aion LED offer aluminum extrusions that position the lights at a 45-degree angle and can be ordered with an accessory lens to help spread the illumination more evenly.

Randall Whitehead lighting designer
Randall Whitehead, IALD

Randall Whitehead, IALD, is a professional lighting designer and author. His books include "Residential Lighting, A Practical Guide." Whitehead has worked on projects worldwide, appeared on the Discovery Channel, HGTV and CNN, and he is regular guest on Martha Stewart Living Radio. Visit his website www.randallwhitehead.com for more information on books, upcoming seminars and the latest lighting trends.

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