If your last bathroom or kitchen remodel was several years back, chances are that you are set up with the traditional types of lights, such as regular incandescent, xenon incandescent or halogen incandescent, or fluorescent lighting fixtures.
You are looking for an upgrade or replacement of burnt-out (or intermittently functioning) fluorescent bulbs, or perhaps you are unhappy with your electric bill that you feel could be a lot lower if you had the right lighting in place.
Regardless of your situation, LED light manufacturers are well aware that, perhaps you do not want to do a complete kitchen cabinet makeover, and not even a complete light fixture remodel.
You just want to replace a faulty bulb with an energy efficient new bulb! You want replacement under cabinet lighting.
Great! That way, if you choose wisely, and choose under cabinet LED lighting, you will keep the same or similar light characteristics as your previous lights such as under cabinet fluorescent lighting, halogens or xenon lights, all the while reducing the heat output and saving money every time you turn on the light switch.
Let's look at some of the possibilities of replacement under cabinet lighting.
Standard screw base LED replacement under cabinet lights
If you are replacing burnt-out incandescent lights such as xenons or fluorescents, or if you noticed that your CFL (compact fluorescent lights) are taking a lot of time to warm up to the full light output (and you need full light output at the flick of the switch), then standard screw base LED replacement under cabinet lights are right for you. They will use your standard 110V / 120V power. Here are some selected options for LED under counter kitchen lights:
MR11 base LED under cabinet lights
MR11 stands for Multifaceted Reflector type, 11/8 inch diameter bulb that produces sharply focussed light. These bulbs are typically halogen incandescent, but are today replaced by much more energy efficient LED MR11s:
MR16 base LED under cabinet lights
MR16 stands for Multifaceted Reflector, 2 inch wide bulb with narrow focus:
T8 LED under cabinet fluorescent tube replacement lights
T8 stands for 8/8 inch diameter tubes, typically fluorescent, but now increasingly replaced with T8 LED undercabinet lights.
T5 LED under cabinet fluorescent replacement lights
T5 stands for a 5/8 inch, narrower diameter of fluorescent tube lights.
C7 LED replacement bulbs
These are "Candelabra style" threaded base typically used for night lights and Christmas lights.
- White LED C7 Replacement Bulb, a very inexpensive replacement light that is kid friendly, animal friendly, can be used outdoors and won't burn out.
GU10 MR16 LED replacement lamps
GU10 stands here for a turn-and-lock base, which ensures that these lights, being high voltage, can not be accidentally interchanged with the low-voltage lights. The 10 in GU10 stands for the distance of 10/8 between the pins.
GX23 LED compact fluorescent replacement light
GX23 stands for a special base for compact fluorescent lights.
These are the most commonly used LED replacement under cabinet lighting options. To investigate non-replacement LED under cabinet options, see sections low voltage under cabinet lighting and dimmable led under cabinet lights.