The Complete Guide to Under Cabinet Lighting HTML version

Under Cabinet Lighting Maintenance
Whether you installed them last year or last week, you want to get the most out of your
under cabinet lighting. This chapter will provide you with all the information you need to
optimize, maintain, and troubleshoot your kitchen task lights. What daily practices can
you keep in mind to extend the life of your lights? What can you expect from your lights
as they age? When should you replace a part of your fixture, and when is it time to get
an entirely new light? Read on to learn this and more.
Best Practices For Operating Under Cabinet Lights
Keep these principles in mind to increase the longevity and efficiency of your under
cabinet lights.
Xenon Lights
Xenon under cabinet lights thrive when you dim them. If you dim a xenon light fixture by
25%, it will use 20% less energy, and last 4 times as long. If you dim a xenon light
fixture by 75%, it will use 60% less energy, and last 20 times as long.
So, make a point to dim your xenon lights whenever you can. You’ll probably want to
operate them at full brightness when preparing meals or cleaning, but at all other times
when you’re in the kitchen, you should keep them dimmed or off.
Fluorescent Lights
When you turn a fluorescent light on and off frequently, it degrades the fragile
electrodes used to create light, reducing the lamp life. Therefore, you must be more
mindful of how you operate them on a daily basis. You don’t want to shorten their rated
lives, but you also don’t want to leave them on when you don’t need them, using energy
to power lights that you don’t need.
LED Lights
LED under cabinet lights are very efficient, long lasting, and durable on their own, but
there’s one pesky little thing that can upset their equilibrium – heat. While cold
temperatures actually make LEDs last longer, heat can increase the degradation rate of