How to Use LED Strip Lighting in your Kitchen
LED strip lights are a brilliant way to conveniently add in contemporary task and ambient lighting to your kitchen. They are versatile, reasonably priced and can change the look and feel of a room instantly. Here’s what you need to know about the latest LED light strip trend.
What is LED strip lighting?
Strip lighting consists of a thin, self adhesive strip with small, low voltage LED lights placed at regular intervals along it. The strips are flexible and can even be bent around corners and curves to fit in any space required. Most can even be cut to specific sizes. Each LED strip is connected to a driver which is used to power them; multiple strips can be connected to one driver. Once they have a power connection, the LED strip lights provide bright, focused illumination in a variety of colours. LED strip lights are suitable for home and commercial use.
Colour Changing LED Strip Lights
Strip lights often come with the option of a range of colour changing LEDs. Choosing colour changing LED strip lights is a perfect way to add some mood lighting to your kitchen. Using a remote, the colour can be altered to suit any occasion. Blues will create a cool, contemporary look, whilst yellow will add warmth to the kitchen. Low red lights are ideal for setting up a romantic scene and white adds a classic neutral source of illumination. The beauty of colour changing LEDs is that you can change the look whenever you want and you have control of a range of colour-changing effects.
Using LED Strip Lighting in your Kitchen
LED strips have become an increasingly popular choice for kitchen lighting solutions; they create a stylish and contemporary look and add a ‘wow’ factor that can’t necessarily be achieved with a simple ceiling or wall light. As strip lighting is so versatile, they can also be used to add practical task lighting to a kitchen by illuminating work areas that are often darkened by shadows from overhead lighting. The options are endless when it comes to using LED strips in your kitchen.
Here are a few examples of where you can install them:
- Along kitchen plinths: a kitchen plinth is the length of wood along the bottom of a cupboard; adding LED lighting to this area with open the room up and make it look bigger. It works by illuminating a normally dark area and flooding the floor with light.
- Under kitchen cabinets: kitchen worktops can often be cast into shadow from cupboards, making food preparation an issue. Lighting up kitchen wall cabinets with hidden LED strips underneath; this will provide practical task lighting above work surfaces which makes cooking easier.
- Along shelves: does your kitchen have shelving or alcoves which are often left in the dark? Adding strips of LED lighting to the inside of alcoves and along the back of shelves for a hidden glow.
- Inside cupboards or display cases: light up glass-fronted kitchen cupboards and display cases by placing LED strip lights inside. This will highlight objects and create a modern feel for your kitchen.