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Earlier in the week, I showed you how putting an antique light bulb in the pendant light above my sink/bar area helped create a warm mood which pleased my family. I also expressed lament for a thirty second lighting design creation which did not win the approval of my spouse. Now I am back with a compromise – an under cabinet LED light that provides much needed task lighting in our very warmly lit apartment kitchen. That’s right, folks. I had an itchin’ in my kitchen, and only a cool LED task light could soothe it. I can’t tell you how happy we are with this wireless LED under cabinet light. So see for yourself below! It’s awesome!

If you’ve read the title of this post, then you know that I live in an apartment. If you have ever lived in an apartment, then you know that any lighting changes can’t (or at least SHOULDN’T) require wiring. You also know the way AC adapters seem to multiply around your precious few power outlets. That’s why I decided to go with a battery operated LED under cabinet light. I used to be skeptical about battery operated lights until I realized how far LED technology has come in terms of efficiency. Because I’ll only use the LED under cabinet light for short tasks, and because LEDs are so efficient, I know that I won’t be changing these batteries very often at all.

But which battery operated LED under cabinet light would I choose? I wanted something inconspicuous but good-looking, versatile but rigid, so  I chose our LED Battery Operated Slim Under Cabinet Light with Hi/Lo/Off Push Button.

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I chose this particular battery operated LED under cabinet light because of its sleek design. I love the thinness and metallic sheen of the adjustable light head, and, of course, 10 super bright LEDs don’t hurt. I also like that the cleverly designed button allows you to choose from between high and low light levels. Like I said, before this advanced stage in the development of LED lighting, I would have been skeptical about a battery operated LED light. But since I’ll only be using this light for simple tasks and not mood lighting, I know that I won’t be changing any batteries for a darn long time. That’s awesome!

A little background: I became inspired to install an under cabinet light while watching a movie with my wife one rare night while our little son was at his Grandma’s. We were having a bottle of Oregon pinot noir to celebrate our temporarily reclaimed freedom. After the third time I got up and flicked on the overhead fluorescent light fixture to refill wine, I realized that it just didn’t have to be that way. An under cabinet light would have allowed me to refill without blinding everyone.

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As you may infer from the photo above, my family dabbles in something of a “bohemian chic” (emphasis on the bohemian, lol) aesthetic, so, of course, we do have string lights running around some cupboards, and this maybe sort of counts as under cabinet lighting? But in reality the light is just too warm and low to carry out tasks precisely. It’s important to remember that the counter is useful for preparing food, and it also needs to be cleaned daily. As attractive as the string lights may be (and the same goes for our brand new antique light bulb), a cool white light is necessary to cut through the amber tones.

So this is how the very simple installation of the wireless LED under cabinet light worked.

1. I chose the cabinet. (You know, the wine one.)

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2. I prepared my pathetically small assembly of required equipment and tools.

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Included: A drill (or screwdriver), the included screw mount bracket, the included screws, and the light.

3. I fastened the bracket to the cabinet in one minute.

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4. I popped 6 AA batteries in the back and snapped the light into place. 

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Would you LOOK at that? Nothing like big results from minimal effort to boost the ego. But seriously, it looks great. Here’s what the light looks like from below, when it’s turned on:

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That’s the cool light I was looking for! Yes! Shine your beams upon my otherwise warmly lit counter top, you glorious LED light!

As you can probably guess, I am very happy with this battery operated LED under cabinet light. It has exceeded my expectations in terms of light output, ease of installation, and design. It’s inconscpicuous but good-looking, versatile but rigid. This is exactly what our apartment kitchen lighting scheme needed.

So here is what it looks like to adults. First off and then on.

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The verdict is in, folks: $15 kitchen lighting makeover for the win!!!

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Tom SowdersAfter majoring in creative writing at NC State, I worked in the home remodeling industry. Then, I attended graduate school for a really long time and gained experience as a writer and writing instructor. I live in the Raleigh-Durham area with my wife and baby boy, and you can find me around the Triangle anywhere there's good music and/or NC-style BBQ.

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