Should in-cabinet and undercabinet lighting match?

wi-sailorgirlFebruary 20, 2013

We'll be doing LED UCLs as well as LED in-cabinet lighting. We're still determining color temperature, etc. (leaning heavily towards a cooler but not super cool white, about 3,500-4000K). What I'm wondering is whether the temperature of the lights in both areas (in and under cabinets) should match. Or whether a warmer color would look better in cabinets? (I don't care for how the warm white leds work with our backsplash and counter).

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I don't know the answer but we did the same (3000K) for the UCL and the in cabinet lighting. I think warmer does look good in the cabinets but I thought seeing 2 different temps of light might bother me so I kept it the same : )

    Bookmark   February 20, 2013 at 4:08PM
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There is no right answer. If you think it looks good then go for it.

    Bookmark   February 20, 2013 at 4:14PM
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Thanks, Fishies!

I understand there is no "right" answer (heck, I'm one to advise ignoring all the rules about clearances etc. if that's what someone wants in their own kitchen). Perhaps I should have asked what other people did and what they thought about it. Obviously I can't test a full lighting plan before it is installed so I won't know what looks good and what doesn't until it's all done.

    Bookmark   February 21, 2013 at 12:00PM
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I think it would bother me if I could see that the lighting was significantly different. Can you see how different the colors are at a lighting store or test a couple of bulbs? Your personal sensitivity to light colors may vary as well as factors such as cabinet finish, splash, and other surfaces that will reflect the light.

I don't remember the temp of my cabinet lighting, but the recessed LEDs are 3500K and they read well with the white, cherry, dark wood and the colors in my kitchen,

    Bookmark   February 21, 2013 at 12:41PM
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