If you ever find yourself wondering why interiors on Instagram look so good, part of it is undoubtedly owed to creative staging and a little Photoshop. But a big piece of the puzzle is the lighting. The right lighting can brighten your living room and set the mood for your bedroom, but you also shouldn’t overlook more utilitarian rooms like the kitchen and bathroom.
Most kitchens have overhead lighting, and it’s easy to just settle with the dull bulb and ugly fixture that’s been there since the Carter administration. Modernizing your kitchen lighting can be as simple as adding under-cabinet LEDs. Hidden modular lighting adds a sophisticated and modern touch that all your dinner guests will enjoy (the best conversations are had in the kitchen, anyway). Plus, you’ll enjoy the subtle lighting when you’re sneaking into the kitchen for a late-night snack.
Under-cabinet lighting is relatively affordable, and it serves a practical purpose of making it easier to see what’s on the counter while you’re cooking. These lights can also be installed in other places like bookshelves or any room where extra lighting is needed, and several reviewers recommended them for workbenches.
1. Lightkiwi Modular LED Under-Cabinet Lighting
These 12-inch panels come in a pack of 3. They’re available in warm or cool white, and they come with a dimmer switch to easily customize the brightness. The lights come with a mounting bracket and screws for easy installation.
Pros: Comes with a dimmer and installation equipment, the product is available in warm or cool white.
Cons: Some reviewers were disappointed with the mounting equipment, specifically the screws.
2. EShine LED Under-Cabinet Lighting Kit
This set is available in warm or cool white, and each of the 3 panels is 12 inches long. Installation can either be done with 3M adhesive or screws. The most impressive feature is that these lights come with a motion sensor. You can turn them on and off by waving your hand, and even dim them by holding your hand under the sensor.
Pros: Can be dimmed and turned on and off with the included motion sensor, available in warm and cool white.
Cons: Some reviewers noted that the included wiring is short, which can make installation and placement difficult.
3. Phonar 12 Inch Under Cabinet Lighting
If you’re worried that lighting panels only come in packs of three, don’t worry. This singular panel is available in 12, 24, 36, or 48-inch lengths, making it easy to find the right fit for your cabinet. Each length option is available in warm or bright white.
Pros: Good option if you just want to light one cabinet, available in two color temperatures. Can be turned on and off with the touch sensor on the unit.
Cons: Not dimmable.