There are several common ways to conceal under cabinet lighting in your kitchen or under your upper cabinets. Concealing your lighting helps hide unsightly wiring and can help redirect the lighting downwards to higher usage countertop areas, which can be helpful in a kitchen. Let’s explore our most popular options.
STRAIGHT VALANCE MOULDING
This is most common light valance option. This is a piece of matching straight material that gets cut and attached to the bottom of the cabinet using L Brackets or Pin Nails from the inside. This type of light valance comes in many different heights, routing and design types. This is by far the most economical choice for your space.
LIGHT BOX MODIFICATION
The light box cabinet modification can be built into your upper cabinets, which is used to house and conceal wires and under cabinet lighting. Puck lights can also be recessed into the cabinet floor when the light box modification is used. This cabinet modification also allows the height of the light box to be manufactured as low as 7/8” for simple wiring and up to 6”high, allowing space to conceal electrical outlets to be mounted and exposed on the bottom side of the cabinet for that streamline look. The best part is that it can be removed to allow the installer to drill for wiring, recessed puck lights and electrical boxes. The light box will match the cabinet interior so it esthetically blends with the inside of the cabinet and you’ll hardly know it’s even there.
RECESSED FLOOR WALL CABINETS
Another option is called the recessed floor option. This is done by raising the floor or bottom of the cabinet upwards so the cabinet door hangs past the bottom floor of the cabinet. This remaining area or void is perfect to conceal puck or LED strip under cabinet lighting when the cabinet door is closed.
Using an under cabinet lighting valance or a concealment method is an optional and not mandatory. Some opt to have the lighting fixture exposed and forfeit the light valance for a more streamline look. Of course you’ll want to choose a sleeker lighting and have tidy wiring, as everything will be exposed.
Always consult with your kitchen designer or interior designer to ensure that proper design measures and heights are allocated to ensure you are in compliance with building code clearances.