Natural Stone Kitchen Backsplash

Natural Stone Kitchen Backsplash While it is true that most fluorescents are housed in frosted fixtures that minimize glare, they do not render color with enough detail to do justice to the subtle shades and variations that custom counter tops feature.  Puck lights, with halogen lamps, render color better, but they are simply too intense and will almost always throw reflected light back into the eyes.

In this type of setting, it is almost always better to go with custom cabinet lights in the form of linear strips.  These fixtures add value through both their low profile design and the unique qualities of glare free light they produce as an accent lighting source.

Each custom lighting strip is custom fabricated rustic natural stone to exact kitchen cabinet or shelf dimensions.   It is virtually invisible to the casual eye and features special shielding that reduces reflective glare to near-undetectable levels.

Linear strips, such as the ones manufactured by Phantom, accommodate a wide variety of festoon bulb options.  A very popular bulb type for under cabinet kitchen lighting is xenon.  Xenon low voltage lamps render colors at a level almost equivalent to that of sunlight.  As a low voltage, dimmable lighting strip, it will bring out the subtlest red of granite and the multi-dimensional hues of marble like no other form of light—at a fraction of the cost of competing linear strip lights.

Linear strips fitted with incandescent festoons are ideally suited for interior kitchen cabinet shelf lighting.  Incandescents produce the “whitest” form of light and make everything within the cubic interior of the cabinet clearly visible.  Unlike puck lights, they consume virtually no cubic space within cabinets, leaving more room for storage and a more balanced presentation when the cabinet is opened in front of guests.  

Restaurants should consider retrofitting any existing kitchen cabinet lights strips with LED replacement festoon lamps.  These lamps produce a lumens output equivalent to that of incandescent and fluorescents, but they use 80% less electricity.  Although a restaurant kitchen requires little, if any, aesthetic consideration, employee comfort and cost consciousness are of vital importance.  Fluorescents emit UV radiation that is never good for anyone’s eyes, and incandescent lights left on for long hours will result in expensive light bills.  LED energy saving light bulbs are simply a good investment.

Replacing low voltage festoon lights with a one-time LED light bulb upgrade will bring immediate, recurring, monthly return on investment, and it will create a more comfortable working environment for cooks.

Indonesia Natural Stone is also good for residential homeowners to consider installing at least one LED kitchen under cabinet light as a cost-conscious safety measure.  This eliminates the need to stumble through a dark kitchen to rely upon the refrigerator light as one’s sole source of illumination, and it adds a bit of comfort as well for the overnight guest who needs a midnight snack.