Best Under Cabinet Lighting

Review & Comparison, Last Update October 29, 2019
Under cabinet lighting kits will let you light up just about any corner in the house. The best under cabinet lighting kits also let you control the brightness levels and access otherwise inaccessible places. ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2019
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Kit Contents
Key Specs
Controls
Power Source
Mounting Method
Warranty
 
PROS

You can use the remote to choose the lights' brightness. The preset dimmer buttons will let you switch between 50% and 100% brightness. You can also use the "+" and "-" buttons to select the exact brightness level. The optional timer automatically turns the lights off in 15, 30, 60, or 120 minutes.

CONS

The light is not as bright as described. 

OUR VERDICT

Brilliant Evolution BRRC135 is the best under cabinet lighting setup on this list. These lamps aren't the brightest but the controls more than make up for the LEDs' relative shortcomings in other departments. At 100% brightness, the batteries last for 100 hours minimum. 

detailed parameters
Kit Contents

6 LED lamps

Key Specs

Color: warm white (3000 K)

Brightness: 55 lumens per lamp

Controls

IR remote control (adjustable brightness, timer), on/off switch (lens tapping)

Power Source

3 "AA" batteries per lamp (18 batteries included)

Mounting Method

Screws or adhesive tape (both included)

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The motion sensor automatically activates when there's any movement within 10 feet. You can use the magnets on the lamps' back to stick them to any iron item around the house. Equipped with built-in rechargeable batteries (1000 mAh), these lamps will save you from the inconvenience that is swapping dead batteries for new ones.

CONS

The package includes only one USB cable. 

OUR VERDICT

These pure white (6000 - 6500 K) LED lamps will be able to light up any setting. They're more than suitable for cabinets, closets, stairwells, basements, indoor garages, and more. The LEDs themselves last for 60,000 hours, so you won't be replacing them anytime soon.

detailed parameters
Kit Contents

3 LED lamps

Key Specs

Color: pure white (6000 - 6500 K)

Brightness: 160 lumens per lamp

Controls

Built-in switch (on/off/motion sensor)

Power Source

Built-in rechargeable battery (1000 mAh)

1 USB charging cable included

Mounting Method

Magnet or adhesive tape (both included)

Warranty

Lifetime

PROS

You can always easily access the lens to turn the lamp on/off. The warm white (3000 K) light looks and feels really nice and doesn't strain your eyes. The supplied adhesive tape remains its adhesive properties for years to come. 

CONS

The batteries are not included. 

OUR VERDICT

Brilliant Evolution BRRC116 keeps things simple and affordable. It is bright but not too bright. The bar is less than one inch thick, so you'll be able to install this lamp practically anywhere. You can use the screws and/or adhesive tape (both come supplied with the package). 

detailed parameters
Kit Contents

1 LED lamp

Key Specs

Color: warm white (3000 K)

Brightness: 65 lumens per lamp

Controls

On/off switch (lens tapping)

Power Source

3 "AA" batteries (not included)

Mounting Method

Screws or adhesive tape (both included)

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The extension cables will let you install the lights in barely accessible places. The package includes tie mounts and wire clips that you can use to hide these cables and make that setup as nice-looking as you want. You can use the rotary in-line dimmer to adjust the light's brightness anywhere between 0 and 100%.

CONS

It might take you some time to set up these lights. 

OUR VERDICT

Litever LL-008-6W is that under cabinet lighting kit that will let you make any corner as lit as you want. You can set these six slim LED bars anywhere you want, from kitchen cabinets and counters to any place under the shelves, bookcases, closets, and so on.

detailed parameters
Kit Contents

6 LED bars with 4 extension cables

Key Specs

Color: pure white (5000 K)

Brightness: 333 lumens per lamp

Controls

LED in-line dimmer (adjustable brightness, on/off switch)

Power Source

AC (~4 ft. power cable included)

Mounting Method

Screws or adhesive tape (both included), tie mounts and clips for cable (included)

Warranty

1 year

PROS

Featuring 275 lumens per strip, these things are ridiculously bright. You'll be able to use these strips to light up any place/space around the house. The LEDs feature 80+ high CRI (Color Rendering Index), meaning that these lights reproduce colors accurately and pleasantly. Plus, the strips are cool to the touch. 

CONS

The lamps don't fare well in humid settings. 

OUR VERDICT

WOBANE CL02-2700 is the most flexible kit on this list. The three "U-style" connectors and three extension connectors that come supplied with the package will let you access any corner. Kitchen islands, workbenches, desk hutches, bookshelves, wardrobes, cabinets, bedrooms, pretty much any place is fair game here.

detailed parameters
Kit Contents

4 LED strips, 3 "U-style" connectors, 3 extension connectors

Key Specs

Color: warm white (2700 K)

Brightness: 275 lumens per strip

Controls

On/off switch

Power Source

AC (4.9 ft. power cable included)

Mounting Method

Adhesive tape (included)

Warranty

1 year

Brilliant Evolution BRRC135

Control the Light

Brilliant Evolution BRRC135 is as brilliant as advertised. The six 55-lumen LED lamps are really bright (although not necessarily always as bright as described). The 3000K LEDs give off that warm white glow that's both attractive and pleasant.

Of course, we've seen these numbers before. That's not necessarily what sells this product. What sells the product is controls.

The IR remote that comes supplied with the package will let you control the lights from 15 feet away. Naturally, you'll be able to use the remote to turn the lights on and off (you can do that via lens tapping too).

The difference here is that the remote will also let you choose the lights' brightness. You can use the preset dimmer buttons to switch between 50% and 100% brightness. You can also use the "+" and "-" buttons to select the exact brightness level.

Apart from that, the remote will also let you access the optional timer that automatically turns the lights off in 15, 30, 60, or 120 minutes.

The lights run on AA batteries. They don't burn through these batteries as fast as other LEDs do. At 100% brightness, the batteries last for 100 hours minimum.

In other words, Brilliant Evolution BRRC135 is the best lighting setup on this list. These dimmable lamps with remote aren't the brightest but the controls more than make up for the LEDs' relative shortcomings in other departments.

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HIBOITEC HB002B

Almost too Bright

HIBOITEC HB002B are the brightest. These three undercounter LED lamps pack 160 lumens per lamp.

Needless to say, you'll be able to put them anywhere without worrying about sufficient lighting.

Plus, there are two ways you can set these things up. You can use the magnets on the lamps' back to stick them to any iron item around the house. You can also use the orthodox adhesive tape approach (the tape comes supplied with the package).

You will not have to worry about replacing the batteries every few months too. Equipped with built-in rechargeable batteries (1000 mAh), these lamps will save you from the inconvenience that is swapping dead batteries for new ones.

The only issue here is that the package includes only one USB charging cable, so you'll have to purchase two extra cables separately or charge these lamps one by one.

Having said that, you won't have to charge these lamps all that often. One full charge will give you eight hours under the regular on mode and 1-2 months under the motion sensor mode. Plus, the LEDs themselves last for 60,000 hours, so you won't be replacing them anytime soon.

Bottom line, these pure white (6000 - 6500 K) LED lamps will be able to light up any setting. They're more than suitable for cabinets, closets, stairwells, basements, indoor garages, and more.

Review of HIBOITEC HB002B Under Cabinet Lighting

 

Brilliant Evolution BRRC116

Keeping Things Simple and Affordable

Brilliant Evolution BRRC116 keeps things simple and affordable. What we're dealing with here is one LED light bar. The LEDs in the lamp are as long-lasting as these things usually are. The bar is less than one inch thick, so you'll be able to install this lamp practically anywhere. You can use the screws and/or adhesive tape (both come supplied with the package).

The low-profile lamp runs on batteries. You'll need three standard AA batteries to use this under cabinet lighting bar.

The biggest problem we have with the product is that these batteries don't come with the package, so you'll have to purchase them separately. Of course, the problem is easily solvable since you can buy those at any convenience store or order online separately from the lamp.

As far as the lighting part is concerned, the 65-lumen lamp is more than bright enough for most settings. Its warm white (3000 K) light looks/feels really nice and doesn't strain your eyes. As per usual, you'll have to tap the lens to turn the lamp on/off.

In short, Brilliant Evolution BRRC116 is the most unassuming/traditional solution on this list, and we've no problems with that. The super-slim design will make sure the lamp doesn't stand too much out and ruin your kitchen setting.

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Litever LL-008-6W

Light up any Corner

Litever LL-008-6W is that under cabinet lighting kit that will let you make any corner as lit as you want. You can set these six slim LED bars anywhere you want, from kitchen cabinets and counters to any place under the shelf, bookcase, closet, and so on.

The self-adhesive taps will have no issues keeping these bars mounted for years to come. At the same time, you can use the supplied screws too.

What we especially like about this kit are these extension cables that let you install the lights in barely accessible places. The package includes tie mounts and wire clips that you can use to hide these cables and make that setup as nice-looking as you want.

It might take you some time to set all these things up but, as far as we're concerned, the reward will be worth the effort.

The aluminum PCB with thermal paste ensures excellent heat dissipation and extends the LEDs' lifespan.

Other than that, these lamps distribute soft pure white (5000 K) light. You won't have to deal with any LED dots/glaring issues. Plus, you can use the rotary in-line dimmer to adjust the light's brightness anywhere between 0 and 100%.

Bottom line, the Litever LL-008-6W under cabinet lighting kit puts you in charge. You'll be the one choosing the brightness. You'll be the one choosing where to put these things. The options are practically limitless.

Review of Litever LL-008-6W Under Cabinet LED Lighting Kit

 

WOBANE CL02-2700

Any Place is Fair Game

WOBANE CL02-2700 is the most flexible kit on this list. You'll be able to install these four LED strips anywhere you want.

The three "U-style" connectors and three extension connectors that come supplied with the package will let you access any corner. Kitchen islands, workbenches, desk hutches, bookshelves, wardrobes, cabinets, bedrooms, pretty much any place is fair game here.

You probably wouldn't think so but the LEDs here are ridiculously bright. Featuring 275 lumens per strip, you'll be able to use these things to light up any place/space around the house.

The only limitation that these LED strips pose is that you shouldn't install them in humid settings (the circuits aren't moisture-resistant enough).

Apart from that, the aforementioned "U-style" connectors and extension connectors are strong, super-thin, plenty flexible. There's practically no place where you cannot put them.

The supplied 4.9-feet power cable won't limit your options too. Plus, the included adhesive tape is really strong and durable, so you won't have to worry about setting these strips somewhere up above.

In closing, WOBANE CL02-2700 LEDs feature 80+ high CRI (Color Rendering Index), meaning that these lights reproduce colors accurately and pleasantly. Plus, the strips are cool to the touch, so you won't have to worry about any unpleasant encounters that kids and/or pets will likely have with these things.

Review of WOBANE CL02-2700 Under Cabinet Lighting Kit

 

What Is Under Cabinet Lighting?

Under cabinet lighting is that umbrella term that doesn't necessarily always refer to lighting kits that you can put under kitchen cabinets and nowhere else. More often than not, these lamps can be put pretty much anywhere.

Of course, there are major differences between every entry on this list. Sometimes, we're talking about one massive LED lamp that has its limits as far as placement is concerned. Other times, we're talking about tiny LED strips that you can install pretty much anywhere you want.

Setting these major differences aside, the key specs here are the lights' brightness and correlated color temperature (CCT). The latter will determine whether the distribute light is closer to that traditional warm white or pure daylight white.

Keep in mind the power source too. Sometimes, these kits run on AA batteries that you can always replace. Other times, you'll have to deal with AC cords.

Other than that, certain lights will also let you adjust the brightness and, provided you don't have any major issues with these kits on other fronts, we couldn't recommend these products highly enough.

You can put these lights around these garage cabinets and medicine cabinets, so consider looking into them too if you haven't already.

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Publish Date: 2019-10-29 12:08:15