Smart Solutions: Under-Cabinet Lighting

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If there's one thing you should have in your small kitchen (well, besides this and this), it's under-cabinet lighting. Small kitchens are a challenge to begin with, but especially when they have poor lighting. A few under-cabinet lights can go a long way towards making your cramped kitchen feel a little more cozy, not to mention way more functional and workable!

Here are five under-cabinet lighting solutions to try:

• 1 Utilitech 24 in. 60W Xenon Under Cabinet Light, $37.50 from Lowe's: these enhanced incandescents give off "a really beautiful light," warm and golden, as Faith wrote here. They are a pain to install and they run hot, but they're still a great option for the price.
• 2 LED Tape Lights, $30-$40/lineal foot from E2 Contemporary Lighting: more streamlined and minimal, LED tape lights are a great option for under-cabinet lights. The "color reads a bit cooler than a traditional incandescent," as Lauren wrote here, but she found it worked well in the kitchen. LEDs might be more expensive up front, but they'll last 25,000 hours!
• 3 INREDA LED Cabinet Light, $14.99 from IKEA: a more affordable LED option, this cabinet light is bulkier than LED tape, but still emits low amounts of heat and doesn't require hardwiring.
• 4 LED Puck Lights, $5.85/each from Pegasus Lighting: these battery-operated round puck lights provide small spot lighting. You won't get a continuous light source with these, but they are usually more affordable and easier to install than strip or tape lights.
• 5 Super Bright Flexible Strip, $10+ at Inspired LED: available in warm or cool white, red, green or blue, this LED strip light is built to your specifications, and comes with connectors soldered on each end.

Do you have under-cabinet lighting? What brand or type of lighting did you go with? Share your experiences!

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(Images: 1. Faith Durand; 2. Lauren Zerbey; all others as linked)