Return to the Lighting Forum | Post a Follow-Up

Warm white light for undercabinet

Posted by kayl (My Page) on
Mon, Aug 23, 10 at 9:11

I am remodeling and will be replacing the old fluorescent under cabinet lights. I need good task lighting; but the old fluorescents give me a migraine. I read that you can get warm white fluorescents. Will these look a bit more like incandescent? Any pictures? Good sources to recommend? Thanks!

Follow-Up Postings:

RE: Warm white light for undercabinet

Newer fluorescents are far superior to older ones. Look for a lamp with a color temperature of 2700K to 3000K for a nice blend with incandescents. The CRI (color rendering index) should be at least 80. A CRI of 82 is good, 86 is better, and at 90 or 92 you'll see a huge improvement.

The old cool white fluorescents were 4100K and usually between 50 and 70 CRI. The low CRI is the main reason for the ghastly quality of light they produced, but the bluish cast of the 4100K CT didn't help.

Don't go to a big box store. A good lighting store or large electrical jobber will have a much better selection and (at least in my town) the prices aren't drastically higher. You should expect to pay more than the generic cool white price, however. :)

If the fixtures are old, also consider either replacing them or upgrading the ballasts to new electronic ballasts. These completely eliminate the flicker associated with old fluorescents. It's a fairly easy DIY job to change them; just follow the wiring diagram on the new ballast.

RE: Warm white light for undercabinet

I just got my new LED under cab from Environmental Lighting powered up today. Warm color. Gorgeous! and just the "non-flourescent" look I was looking for (and it had to be low efficacy here in CA). They look exactly like incandescent in my opinion.

 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!

Return to the Lighting Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Please review our Rules of Play before posting.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.

Learn more about in-text links on this page here