LED Light Bars
This is the easiest option to install and use immediately. These lightweight fixtures attach to the underside of a cabinet or shelf with either screws or velcro strips. Simply plug them into an outlet to charge them. Most have built-in motion sensing technology and auto-off timers to control the lights automatically when they sense movement close by. Highly versatile, these lights can be conveniently installed almost anywhere, and easily moved when necessary. No wires, no tools, no mess, no damage. The only downside is the need to recharge the batteries after approximately every 20 hours of use, and they may not provide a bright enough light. Another option is to keep them plugged into an outlet, which can add to a cluttered look.
LED Puck Lights
Operating on the same principles as light bars, these under-cabinet lights are easily installed and moved from place to place. These lightweight rechargeable discs operate with either motion-sensors or can be turned on and off with a simple tap of the hand.
Mounted Strip Lights
For brighter under-cabinet lighting, choose a fluorescent strip or track light with halogen bulbs. Benefits include surface mounting, easy installation, and wireless technology. Most come in several wattages to provide bright light. Be careful with placement, however, as these higher-wattage halogen bulbs can generate more heat and shouldn’t be installed near anything flammable.
For a more permanent and professional look, consider investing in hard-wired light fixtures. Recessed puck lights offer a low-profile option and must be installed directly into shelves and usually require modifications to cabinets. A licensed electrician will need to install these and other hard-wired lighting, which must tap into a power source or have a new circuit added to the area. Other hard-wired options include custom under-cabinet track lighting and strip lights. Switch placement is also something to consider when taking the hard-wired route.