Strip lights and spotlights have their own installation benefits, depending on which features you want to emphasise in your kitchen. There are many ways you can arrange under cupboard lights to create the look you want in your kitchen.
Alternatively, dark colours or wooden finishes will absorb light. If you want to bring a calmer mood, consider pairing under cabinet lights with rich or matt-coloured cabinets and countertops.
Strip lights are a long and narrow sequence of lights. They may be structured as a band containing a row of small individual lights or as a long, singular bulb. They are designed to provide unbroken illumination over a wide area.
Spotlights are single lights that provide concentrated illumination over a smaller area. They can be used as an independent feature light or placed across an area in a series.
For more lighting ideas, check out our kitchen lighting guide.
Kitchen task lighting is designed to create a shadow-free work environment when you’re doing things around the kitchen, like cooking at the hob or chopping at a work surface. But it needs to work with the style of your kitchen, and the rest of the lighting across the room. To do that, you need to understand the different lighting options, and know where in the kitchen it’s best installed.
That’s why Wren Kitchens offers a huge range of kitchen lighting options, including under-cabinet strips, brightening spotlights and square plinth lights – to ensure you can cook with ease and in comfort!
Low lights: We have more detail on this in our plinth lights guide, but you place under cabinet lights at the base of your units, so they sit a few inches off the ground. If you can’t fit lights around the entire layout, consider highlighting one wall to create a contemporary effect.
Create a zone: You can highlight a designated food prep area in your kitchen. Place under cupboard lights over an integrated chopping board to make your culinary environment more comfortable, or simply use them section off an area of your worktop where you tend to do most of your chopping, stirring and mixing.
Read our guide on task lighting for more ideas. Light it up: If you have a small or dark kitchen, using under cabinet lighting across your entire layout will bring an extra layer of illumination to the room, especially if ceiling space is limited.
You’ll benefit from functional lighting when you’re cooking as well as added brightness for when you’re socialising in the kitchen. Show off your stuff: Under cabinet spotlights can also be used artistically, to emphasise a favourite picture or highlight a beautiful set of crockery – consider placing them on the underside of an open cabinet to help show off whatever prized item is on the shelf below.
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If your kitchen doubles up as a dining room, follow Wren Kitchens’ guide to illuminating the room with dining lights.
You can use your kitchen design and features to complement under cabinet lighting.
Track lighting can transform your kitchen design, setting the atmosphere across your entire layout, or enhancing a specific area. Whether you want to boost your general lighting scheme or highlight a key feature, track lighting is a contemporary and versatile solution for your kitchen.
Lighting under wall-hung cabinets can help create a welcoming atmosphere in your kitchen, whether you want to add subtle illumination or make a bold statement with rows of LED bulbs. By carefully deciding the placement and the type of lights, you can make your kitchen a little extra special with under cabinet lighting.
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Choosing the optimum kitchen lighting is one of the most important considerations in the design and planning of your cooking space. And Wren Kitchens is on hand to shine a light on picking the best lighting for your room.
Creating a dramatic space to entertain guests or a practical solution to get the job done; spotlights provide a subtle way to transform your kitchen.
Build a kitchen that combines practicality with style, using our handy tips and ideas.
Our guides can help you make all the right choices when it’s time to kit out your kitchen.
For example, glossy, pale-coloured surfaces will reflect light, instantly creating a bright and cheerful atmosphere. If you don’t have much natural light in your kitchen consider choosing cabinets and worktops in a gloss finish and using them with under cabinet lights to make your room feel more awake.
When you’re chopping salad, flicking through a magazine or tucking into a dreamy dessert, under cabinet lighting is a small addition that can instantly transform the way your kitchen looks and feels. Remember, all electrical work needs to be carried out by a licenced electrician – our installation experts can help you let in the light.
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The right lighting choices can transform an average kitchen into a showstopper. Whether you’re looking for lighting that is a design extravaganza itself, or you want to learn about how subtle placement can create soft illumination, this series of guides will give you a helping hand in choosing the right kitchen lighting for your needs.
Pendant lighting makes an impactful design statement in a very simple way. This contemporary lighting choice, which hangs from the ceiling to provide spot lighting, can transform your kitchen into a masterpiece of style. But it’s possible to get it wrong and make the room look cluttered and impractical. It’s important to choose your size, placement and style so your pendant lights work perfectly in your kitchen.
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Integrated LED lights are ideal for a contemporary home, but for a more traditional setting, you might find warm whites and soft uplighting more to your taste.
The two most popular types of under cabinet lighting are strip lights and spotlights:
In addition to lighting structure, the type of bulbs you choose will have a different effect in your kitchen:
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By carefully deciding the placement and the type of lights, you can make your kitchen a little extra special with under cabinet lighting.
Not just essential for practicality while chopping, blending, grilling and boiling, Wren Kitchens pride themselves on offering kitchen lights that are aesthetically pleasing, whether illuminating a dimly-lit dining area in winter or a shaded serving area in summer.
Lighting under wall-hung cabinets can help create a welcoming atmosphere in your kitchen, whether you want to add subtle illumination or make a bold statement with rows of LED bulbs.
Fluorescent lights are budget-friendly, energy efficient and long-lasting, but can take up to a minute to reach their full brightness. LED lights have a long lifespan and are highly energy efficient. They instantly provide full illumination and can be paired with a dimmer switch, so you can alter the brightness to suit.
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