If your kitchen lighting is lackluster, under cabinet lighting can enhance the overall ambiance and also make it easier to see while cooking and prepping. The best under-cabinet lighting have fuss-free installation and an easy way to power them — through battery, USB-charging, or wall outlet, depending on your preference.
Most under-cabinet lighting options are LED, which is long-lasting and affordable, but you'll have to choose between wireless and plug-in lights. Wireless under-cabinet lighting is easier to install, but you’ll need to remember to change the batteries or recharge via USB from time to time. Plug-in lights require less upkeep, but installation can be more time-consuming if you want to hide the power cords. To keep it easy, I've organized this list based on power source, so you can star there.
Beyond that, there are three main light styles to choose from: bars, strips, and pucks. Bars and strips provide even lighting, with light strips having the benefit of length customization. Puck lights — a more affordable option — create a spotlight effect.
You might also want extra features like dimming, remote control, voice control, or a timer function. No matter what kind of lighting is perfect for you, these are the best under-cabinet lighting options for your kitchen and beyond — stock up on some to illuminate closets, bookshelves, display cases, and more, too.
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