Sep 22, 2010 8:37 pm
Ok, I need some help please.
Now the 2 frosted cupboards have ''up'' lighting inside them. I also wanted lighting underneath to shine down onto the bench.
Should the under lights be positioned in the middle of the frosted cupboard to shine down or should they be moved over in between the two cupboards (as in the end cupboards)? They can't go where the cupboards join but the can go slightly off the centre. Would this look stupid and drive me nuts?, would it be really noticeable as they are flush but the light spread would be off centre slightly.
Any ideas please?
Re: Positioning under bench lights2
Sep 23, 2010 10:01 pm
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Re: Positioning under bench lights3
Sep 23, 2010 10:15 pm
Oooooh, didn't see this until now! Coming to the rescue !! (not! ... but I'll give it a go )
OK, firstly, can we see how the "Up lights" look? And also together with the r/hood lights?
I think if you only have the "down" lights on, either way would look totally good (ie. off-centre more to the sides, or just in the middle of the inner cabintes).
If all lights are on ... maybe it's better that it's not all concentrated in the central section (where all other lights are). So, maybe better to the sides, as close as possible to the joins, but still within the inner cabinets.
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Re: Positioning under bench lights4
Sep 23, 2010 10:42 pm
Does your rangehood have a light? If so, you may be able to get away with putting your undercupboard lights in the corners - that way you definitely wouldn't have any off-centre issues!
Re: Positioning under bench lights5
Sep 24, 2010 9:24 am
Thanks so much. Good points lex and kb46. I will take a pic early this evening and post it. See I knew you'd have some great ideas!!!
Re: Positioning under bench lights6
Sep 24, 2010 7:25 pm
Is that STREAKS I see on the glass??
Perhaps the under lights should be in the centre of the end cupboards??
edit- PS - the lights are purely for aesthetics (the look) not for functional usage.
Re: Positioning under bench lights7
Sep 24, 2010 9:05 pm
Yeah, I think in the centre of the end cupboards, anywhere else'd look funny me thinks
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Re: Positioning under bench lights10
Sep 25, 2010 1:45 pm
If its just for ambient lighting, will you actually have your rangehood lights on or just the glass cupboard lights and the new lights? I would probably never have the range lights on unless cooking and in that case i think your new lights would look best under the glass cabinets but closer to the edge of the last cupboard.
Re: Positioning under bench lights12
Sep 26, 2010 10:00 pm
Thanks catjim but it would have to be just "off" centre. Thanks also to DH.
Mango, that's another good point, hadn't thought of that (re the rangehood lights), Thanks, will have a think on that one.
Thanks sleven, mmm, my DH agrees with that too.
Re: Positioning under bench lights13
Sep 28, 2010 2:49 pm
Ok, I'm here to throw a bit more confusion over the subject.
We have a similar set-up with underbench lighting, BUT our overhead cuoboards are uneven. One side has three cupboards the same size and one side has three but the end cupboard is bigger (this is due to the breakfast bar overhang wich made one side of the stone bench deeper), but it had to be like this to keep the rangehood centred over the hotplates that had to be centred over the ovens. Is anyone still with me?? I'll had some pics becasue otherwise this post will make no sense whatsoever.
Our lights sit in different spots on both sides , they are just off centre (slightly closer to the rangehood) and as each side is a different size, that means a different position. You don't really notice them when they aren't on, and when the are on, you really only notice that the light is even over the bench top in relation to the walls that frame at either end. It was really the only way they could do it with our kitchen configuration. I'm a bit OCD and it actually doesn't bother me because the light looks even when it's on at night. What I'm trying to say, is that the centring of the light in relation to the expanse of bench is more important than positioning the light in relation to the cupboards IMO.
Anyway, with this is mind, I'd be tring to centre the lights as much as possible, either under the end cupboard as close to the other cupboard as possible, or under the frosted cupboard as close to the end cupboard as possible. Personally, I'd go with Mango and have them under the frosted cupboards but closer to the end cupboard. The things is, you don't even notice them during the day, only at night. I'd buy two cheap little stick on light thingys from **** Smith or somewhere and play around with the positioning at night for a couple of weeks before you get the permanant lights installed.
Here's some pics of mine. (If you have serious OCD problems, I will not be held responsible for the possibility that my kitchen may do your head in. ) I will take a pic tonight to show you how it looks at night.
Light under three even cupboards.
Light under 3 cupboards with big cupboard.
Lights on (uneven in relation to the cupboards, but not in relation to the bench IYKWIM) It is noticable how uneven it is here, but at night when we sometimes have them on, you don't notice it at all as you only see the bench underneath. I really need to get a night pic to demonstrate.
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Re: Positioning under bench lights15
Sep 28, 2010 6:19 pm
TM, I'm not really going to be very helpful to you. I just wanted to know if these lights were wired during the build or if you are adding them after. I really need some lighting in my kitchen and of course I didn't think of it or nobody suggested it at the time of the build. I suppose I am wondering if it is still possible to do it now. Thanks for reading my ramblings!
PS. My vote is to have the lights centered under the end cupboards.
Re: Positioning under bench lights18
Sep 28, 2010 9:21 pm
Oh gee thanks so much everyone. Gorgeous kitchen joles . Yes, I am a lot OCD (I was going to say a "bit" but it's actually a "lot") with this type of stuff.
I appreciate all your points of view and I am still wondering about it. I think I may put them as close to the centre as possible which would bit a bit to the right of the centre of the 2 last cupboards.
FB, the wires for the lights were pulled through in the build but the lights themselves have been wired in since. They also built us a light "box" (false box bottom inside the cupboard for the transformer to sit inside invisibly.) Not sure if that helps you at all. I am sure that you could do it now.
I am very thankful for all your responses
I will let you know what I decide.