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LED Strips for Kitchens

Thu, 14 Sep 2023

Unlock the full potential of your kitchen’s aesthetic appeal with the power of LED strips. Kitchen strips are not only functional, providing convenient, energy-efficient lighting, but they also serve as a powerful design tool that can utterly transform your kitchen. This article will guide you through the process of harnessing the full potential of striplights in kitchens, from choosing the right LED strip kit to installation and beyond.

Table of Contents

  1. The Magic of LED Strips in Kitchens
  2. Kitchen Strips - A New Era in Kitchen Lighting Design
  3. Choosing the Perfect LED Strips for Your Kitchen
  4. Installation Ideas for LED Strips
  5. How to Select the Ideal Strip Light Kit
  6. Kitchen Strip, layout and lengths
  7. Why LED Strips are Your Ideal Choice
  8. Taking Your Kitchen to Next Level with Dimmable Strips
  9. Kitchen Strips and The Art of Creating Ambience
  10. The Future of Kitchen Lighting with LED Strips

1. The Magic of LED Strips in Kitchens

The world of interior design has been revolutionised with the advent of LED strips. No longer do we have to rely on clunky, inflexible lighting fixtures, with the potential of glass tubes that can be broken. Instead, these versatile strips allow us to illuminate our homes with a touch of creativity and flair.
In the kitchen, they offer a unique opportunity to accentuate design features, illuminate workspaces, and create a warm, inviting atmosphere. LED strips can breathe new life into even the most mundane kitchen, transforming it into a vibrant, dynamic room that is a  joy to enter and spend time in.
Dotless LED Strips under Kitchen Worktop

2. Kitchen Strips - A New Era in Kitchen Lighting Design

The use of striplights in kitchens is a relatively new trend in the world of interior design. Rather than simply serving as a practical source of light, they have become a staple element of modern kitchen design. It's not hard to see why.
LED Strips are incredibly versatile, offering the ability to contour to any surface and highlight features in a way that traditional lighting simply would not be suited. They are also energy-efficient, long-lasting, and safe to use, making them an ideal choice for the kitchen environment.

3. Choosing the right LED Strips for Your Kitchen

There are several factors to consider when choosing the right LED strips for your kitchen. These include the type of light (warm or cool), the brightness level, the length of the strip, and whether it is waterproof. The choice of colour is also important, as different hues can create different moods and atmospheres.
LED Strips inside kitchen cabinets

4. Installation Ideas for LED Strips

There are countless ways to incorporate LED strips into your kitchen design. Here are a few ideas to get your creativity flowing:
  • Under-Cabinet Lighting: This popular choice provides functional task lighting for the worktop, while also adding a warm, inviting glow to the room
  • Above-Cabinet Lighting: Installing LED Strips at the top of your cabinets to create a wash on the ceilings will effectively flood you kitchen with an ambient wash of light. This is particularly effective in kitchens with tall ceilings.
  • Inside-Cabinet Lighting: Illuminate the contents of glass-fronted cabinets or open shelving with LED Strips to highlight glassware or ornaments
  • Plinth Lighting: Create a floating effect by installing LED strips at the base of your units. This is a particularly effective way to showcase a beautiful floor.
  • Lighting under Kitchen Worktop: Highlight the rail, groove, or inset underneath the worktop with LED Strip, these can be single colour or colour changing.
  • Kitchen Island Lighting:  Light under the worktop to illuminate the rebate and drawer tops, or light the plinths or kickboards, or even both if your budget allow.
  • Kitchen Ceiling Lighting: LED Strips are bright enough to be set onto the ceiling or into the ceiling with our Plaster-in Profiles, and 120 LED/M Litewave Pro Strip which will give a dotless appearance behind the frosted diffuser (supplied), it includes a 6 year warranty on the Strip - the longest on LED Strip that we know of in the UK.  This is our Ceiling Lighting Kit

LED Strip in the Ceiling with Plaster-in Profiles

5. How to Select the Ideal Strip Light Kit

When selecting a strip light kit for your kitchen, there are several key factors to consider:
Waterproofing: Depending on where you intend to locate the Strip it may need to be waterproof.  Another option is to use the Strip within our Aluminium Profiles, this gives a factory fitted appearance and provides a level of protection for the LED Strips.
Brightness: Having the ability to adjust the brightness level of your LED strips is a big plus. This allows you to change the ambience of your kitchen at the flick of a switch.
Colour options: The colour of your LED strips can greatly affect the mood of your kitchen. Remember, you're not limited to just white - a whole spectrum of colours is at your disposal!
Colour Changing LED Strips on top of kitchen cabinets

6 Kitchen Strip, layout and lengths

Measure the length of the area where you plan to install the LED strip and purchase the appropriate length.  Some kitchens are an L-shape, others follow the contour of the room, so you may require several lengths.  We can provide a solution to light the most complex kitchen.  You do not need to buy an LED Driver or PSU for every length of Strip, we can match the total lengths of Strips being used to the appropraite high quality LED Driver, or Dimmable Driver - if you would like brightness control.  The same applies if you would like colour changing LED Strip, we can supply a bespoke solution with installation diagrams.
LED Strip Lightgs inside and underneath Kitchen Cabinets

7. Why LED Strips are Your Ideal Choice

There are several reasons why LED strips are the perfect choice for your kitchen:
Energy efficiency: LED strips consume less power than traditional lighting solutions.
Long lifespan: The average lifespan of an LED strip is several years, making them a cost-effective choice in the long run.
Low heat emission: Unlike traditional light bulbs, LED strips emit very little heat, making them a safer option for the kitchen.
Ease of installation: LED strips are easy to install, with many options featuring adhesive backing for easy attachment.
Versatility: With the ability to adjust brightness levels and change colours, LED strips offer unparalleled versatility.

8. Taking Your Kitchen to Next Level with Dimmable Strips

Dimmable LED strips offer an extra layer of versatility to your kitchen lighting. With the ability to control the intensity of the light, you can easily change the mood of your kitchen. Bright light is perfect for food preparation, while a softer glow creates a relaxing atmosphere perfect for dining.

9. Kitchen Strips and The Art of Creating Ambience

Beyond their practical uses, LED strips can also be used to create a unique ambience in your kitchen. Strategic placement of these lights can highlight architectural features, display pieces, or simply add a touch of elegance to your space.
LED Strips under cabinets along Plinth or Kickboards

10. The Future of Kitchen Lighting with LED Strips

As we look towards the future of kitchen design, it's clear that LED strips will continue to play a significant role. With advances in technology, we can expect even greater efficiency, longer lifespans, and more innovative uses for these versatile lights.
In conclusion, LED strip lights offer a perfect blend of functionality and style, making them an ideal choice for modern kitchens. Whether you're undertaking a full kitchen remodel or simply looking to update your lighting, consider the benefits of LED strip lights. Once you have seen your kitchen properly illuminated with LED Strips you won't want to switch them off!
Remember, not all kitchen cabinet manufacturers have the knowledge and expertise to offer LED strips that are designed for longevity.  We have been working and selling LED Strips since 2007, we've used our expertise to develop our Litewave ® Professional range of LED Strips.  Unlike the majority of Strips being sold in the UK and around the world that are basic with just resistors to protect the LEDs, we've developed our Strips with on-board drivers, this ensures maximum performance without fast detrioration in brightness.  We provide a a six-year warranty, offering you complete peace of mind.