For decades, incandescent (especially halogen and xenon) light sources dominated the undercabinet lighting market. Fluorescent versions made some inroads because they last longer and are more energy-efficient, but now LED is fast-becoming the leader with its low heat, no UV, no mercury, and super-bright illumination. Best of all, many new models eliminate the problem of seeing pinpoints of light reflected onto shiny granite countertops.
Bruck Lighting: The LED wUndercab is a low-profile (0.96-inch x 3.78” wide) LED line-voltage undercabinet light offered in four lengths to accommodate standard undercabinet sizes. The wUndercab houses an Osram LED behind a frosted, opalized lens for even illumination. It has SDCM of 3 in 3000K or 4000K for 250 lumens per foot. www.brucklighting.com
Sea Gull Lighting: The new LED Light Guide technology in the Ambiance Glyde LED Module provides even illumination on counter surfaces below. With an ultra-thin profile of only ½-inch, it not only provides direct downlight, but also throws illumination forward for wider coverage. Available in four lengths – 6, 12, 18, and 24 inches. All lengths come in a color temperature of either 2700K or 3000K and have a 90 CRI. www.seagulllighting.com
Elco: These Mini LED Recessed Undercabinet Lights have adjustable gimbals, a Nickel finish, and come in a kit of three mini LED lights (1 watt each) and an LED driver (3 watts, 120VAC). www.elcolighting.com
GM Lighting: The dimmable LARC4 Series Architectural LED Linear Lightbar provides 24VDC energy-efficient LED lighting in an enclosed, wet-location housing that is an ideal low-profile undercabinet solution for outdoor bars or in undercabinet installations where the fixture is in close proximity to steam and dampness. The light bars come in three lengths, four color temperatures (from 2700K warm white to 5500K pure white), and in a Brushed Aluminum finish. www.gmlighting.net
Halo: Featuring a low-profile design, the patented connector technology allows each LED luminaire to connect to the low-voltage track system with magnetic contact that can be easily moved and relocated. Track sections are available in 12-, 18-, or 24-inch lengths and can be linked together, or the sections can be field cut to fit nearly any application. Smooth dimming is available down to 15 percent using an ELV dimmer. www.cooperlighting.com
Progress Lighting: The new Hide-a-Lite 4 LED linear undercabinet tape light offers a low profile to aid in task lighting for kitchens and other areas within the home. The low-voltage, 100-watt LED tape can be lengthened with a 6-inch connector cable or 90-degree connector. www.progresslighting.com
Legrand: Driven to deliver both power and elegance to the kitchen, Legrand’s adorne™ Under-Cabinet Lighting System is a modular track system that fits under kitchen cabinets to discreetly deliver light, power, and music to the space. Hidden from view, it enables the backsplash to be clear of outlets and cord clutter.
Tivoli: The TivoliTape™ Indoor XS Premium Color is a high-output static LED tape light strip that emits sharp, pure color for unique effects in undercabinet and architectural applications. The flexible flat conductor strip has closely spaced LEDs, allowing for wide range of installation possibilities. It is sold per foot, manufactured in continuous lengths (up to 22 feet per run) and shipped manufactured to specified lengths with factory- attached end preps. www.tivolilighting.com
CSL: CounterAttack LED is a 120V portable/hardwire fixture that offers a lifetime of 35,000 hours, is 2850K +/- 150K, and 80 CRI. It is dimmable with a standard incandescent dimmer (must meet minimum load of dimmer) and a maximum of 120 LED light engines per power feed. It can be ordered in Bronze, Stainless Steel, and White finishes. www.csllighting.com
Edge Lighting: The Millwork Light Channel is an LED solution for shelving, undercabinet, closets, and displays. The dimmable linear LED system recesses into ¾-inch wood boards, and the fixture’s slim aluminum extrusion is paintable. The 24-volt model provides 80+ or 85+ CRI, consumes 2.3 or 2.5 watts per foot, links end-to-end for a maximum run of 40 feet. www.edgelighting.com
Nora Lighting: The Marquise Series of high-performance LED downlights with Comfort Dim™ have a warm new lumen range that allows smooth, gradual, even line dimming from 2800K to 1800K with an energy-efficient, integrated CREE LED package. Comfort Dim has lumen levels of 850, 1250, and 2000. The series is available in several apertures and can be installed in new construction or remodel applications. The fixtures are offered in 90+ CRI and in 2700K, 3000K, 3500K, and 4000K. www.noralighting.com