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Request for 2LittleFishies

Posted by babushka_cat (My Page) on
Sun, Dec 2, 12 at 12:51

Hi Fishie,
Hoping you can help me out. I am designing a light rail for my cabinets as when seated in the livingroom I can see too much of the undercab lights and it is driving me batty. I am considering an approach that I think may be similar to your's. Can you take some close up pics of your installed lightrail -front on, profile and underneath and post here? Any details you think would be helpful. Thanks in advance for any assistance you can provide!

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RE: Request for 2LittleFishies

Hi Babushka!
I don't know much about light rails, but here are some photos : ) I hope they help you. Let me know if you need anything else!








RE: Request for 2LittleFishies

thank you so much, this is very helpful!

RE: Request for 2LittleFishies

And my thanks, too, 2LittleFishies. Your excellent and generous pics helped me clarify what I wanted as well!


RE: Request for 2LittleFishies

Ours is very similar but not as ornate.
One thing to consider is your under cabinet light placement.
We used LED light bars mounted on the front but had to move them back about an inch as the trim only allowed the light to shine on the back half of the counter. Now they are perfect.
Fishy used a different style light, so was able to front mount.
I will try to post a picture tonight

RE: Request for 2LittleFishies

One approach to light rails I've seen in a kitchen lighting guide that makes a lot of sense is this: especially with directional lighting like LED (we're using LED strip lights), to point the light toward the back splash. This will ensure that lights are not shining in anyone's eyes from almost NO angle, and that you'll get even, glare-free indirect light that bathes the whole area. This will work best with a light-colored counter, back splash, and cabinet bottoms so they reflect the light rather than absorb it. Our counter is white, our back splash is a light gray glass tile, and our cabinet undersides are natural birch, so I'm optimistic for a nice even light.

I can't vouch for it yet, this is all just theory. My kitchen is being installed right now, and the under-cabinet lighting will come last after all the cabinets and appliances are in, but it makes a lot of sense. We have full overlay slab doors (Danish modern esthetic) and almost no upper cabinets, but where there are uppers, our light rails are about 2" high and are integrated into the bottom of the cabinets (no visible light rail with the doors closed, opening the door reveals a partial face frame at the bottom, the bottom shelf of the upper cabinet sits 2" higher than a plain box).

I'll try to remember to report back in a couple of weeks when I get it installed.

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