What type of light bring out the best in granite

jjaazzySeptember 18, 2012

Just got my counters installed. Hooray! I chose Metalica which is very similar to Cosmic,Saturnia, and some other stone I can't remember now, anyway they all have space names. Lol. This stone is stunning it has deep pools of silver like crushed up diamonds and silver jewelry. It has all sorts of grays and browns and even a few areas of white. But the stones base color is charcoal. Anyway to the point, we temporarly put up some led strips and it did nothing for the stone. it just sat there and washed out the stone. I have halogens as a light source and it looks good under that, but even better under the regular light from my microwave. It's so weird and rather disappointing as I already purchased the led's and i like them very much. Could it be I just need more? I have not tiled the back wall yet and it's just regular drywall right now so that could be zapping my light. Any thoughts on under cabinet lights?

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What kind of general lighting do you have?

I will be at this stage soon - I selected LED under cabs and viewed them with my granite sample (bianco antico) in the shop. While I liked hallogen better, I thought the LEDs were just fine with mine.

I have put LEDs in for the general lighting as well. The regular lights were just too hot with my low-ish ceiling. Come to think of it, I have not brought the sample in since those went in.

Have you tried different kinds of LED lights?

    Bookmark   September 19, 2012 at 7:26AM
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Love those tiny sexy strips you get with LED, I have not tried others I was not aware there are different types. What am I looking for? I got mine from ikea. We used them in bathroom under the floating vanity and love them. I too would rather not use holegens under, we had them before and would like to do something different. Let me know what happens with you sample. .

    Bookmark   September 19, 2012 at 8:41AM
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Sounds like your stone looks best under warmer light. Not warm temp, but warm color. I have almost all LED lighting in my kitchen, between 2700 and 3000 degrees Kelvin on the color scale. It feels warm and cozy. Cooler lighting is less inviting to me, and maybe your stone feels the same way. ;) What color temp are your UCLs?

    Bookmark   September 19, 2012 at 8:50AM
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Halogen is the best light to bring up the sparkle in the stone that is why when you go to jewelry store diamonds and other stones have more sparkle,jewelers use halogen lights in they show cases.Hopes this helps

    Bookmark   September 19, 2012 at 9:03AM
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I have a dark granite counter and backsplash, I also have 3000 warm LED UC lighting and love it.


    Bookmark   September 19, 2012 at 9:05AM
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foramblues, I have no idea what the numbers are. I got the led strips from IKea and you don't get much info from them. Agreed the Halogen is probably going to be best it's weird how the bright little LED don't make the sparkle bits sparkle.

    Bookmark   October 1, 2012 at 11:56AM
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fouramblues, I am getting LED and deciding between 2700 and 3000 K. I'm worried if the 3000 would be too cool?

We have yellow and white cabinetry, white marble and walnut island top.

jjaazzy- I think jewelry stores also use LED now. There are so many varieties so it's very tricky. Maybe you can bring a piece of your granite to a lighting store?

    Bookmark   October 1, 2012 at 12:20PM
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One of the happy surprises I got with my hood was how much I like the halogen lights. It's very warm. I only use them on low.

When I get ready to cook, the first thing I do is turn on those warm inviting lights.

    Bookmark   October 1, 2012 at 1:11PM
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You should try some better LED lights - warmer color and better CRI (color rating index) quality. I got mine from Environmentallights.com. But they do require a transformer.

    Bookmark   October 1, 2012 at 1:13PM
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I have been researching this all morning it seems that the IKea lights are 2700 and considered warm. Talked to a Lighting guy this AM and he suggests a 6600 cool light for the granite. Oh boy!

    Bookmark   October 2, 2012 at 1:25PM
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