Adding lighting can be a game changer to any room in your house. These days, LED lighting components are easy to use and install without the help of an electrician.
With puck lights you can illuminate the underside or inside of kitchen cabinets, light up your closet or bookshelves and even put them in pantries or drawers.
Batteries and remotes eliminate the headache of trying to fish wires through to reach a power outlet. In this post, I’ll briefly cover some nuances when it comes to LED lights and suggest some ideas that might help get you started on your lighting project.
Wireless LED Puck Lights
Having no wires means less complicated installations…we like that. How does the light get power though? Well, it’s most likely a battery or a rechargeable USB light. Depending on the brand, you may need to purchase AA or AAA batteries to use with the puck lights.
Keep in mind, if you are looking at working with more than a handful of puck lights you may want to go with a more professional set up that uses a power supply and 12V low voltage wires and fixtures. For fun small projects however, battery operated lights are great.
Where to Use Puck Lights?
Puck lights can be used in various places all around the home. They are ideal for:
- Accent Lighting in Bookcases
- Under Kitchen Cabinets
- Entertainment Centers
- Custom built-ins
With wireless puck lights and a remote control you have the freedom to add them wherever lighting is needed.
If you are looking to install them under your kitchen cabinets, I would typically recommend using a linear light or stick light for that application as stick lights provide the most even source of light.
That’s not to say puck lights aren’t suitable. In many cases they are a perfect source of light for that area too.
To learn more, check out this post on the importance of light spread and how it can help you optimize your lighting.
How to Install Wireless LED Puck Lights
Having no wires is the best part about using a wireless puck light set up! Most puck lights will be able to mount with provided screws or strong double-sided adhesive (I like using the 3M VHB tape). Puck lights are relatively light in weight, so they can mount easily.
- I would do a quick mock-up with the wireless LED puck lights on your specific project
- Make sure to evenly space the light(s) for optimal coverage.
- Secure puck lights with screws or double-sided tape
- Make sure any wireless sensors are not covered up
- Make sure the wireless remote is properly reaching the lights
Surface Mount Vs. Recessed Puck Lights
The easiest way to install puck lights is to mount or adhere them to the surface of the cabinet or substrate. Most manufacturers will supply screws or double sided tape for this installation.
Surface mounting also makes the puck light more noticeable as it does not sit as flush as the recessed puck light does.
Recessing lights is commonly done within under cabinet lighting, or ceiling fixtures as it is a cleaner look. Recessing a puck light means to drill out a hole diameter within the substrate to allow the puck light to sit flush with the surface.
Which to do? If you are looking for a quick and simple solution as we state in this post, it might be best to surface mount them with screws or double sided tape.
The remote control is where you’ll operate the puck lights. LED remotes usually feature an on and off button, dimming button and occasionally a timer.
Most remotes can operate lots of puck lights or if need be, you can use multiple remotes to control the same puck lights. The range can be anywhere from 10-50 feet depending on your set-up. The remotes are operated by battery which need to be activated by pulling on a plastic tab on the back of the remote.
LED Color Temperature
What is Color Temperature
Color temperature is the rating a particular color renders on the Kelvin scale. You no doubt have heard words like “warm” or “cool” when discussing lighting. Maybe even 2700K or 4000K rings a bell. Color temperature is just the look and tone of the light emitting diode.
How to Choose the Right LED Color Temperature
This plays a bigger role than you may think. Color temperatures can alter how a room or an object is perceived when being lit up.
I know this is something that a lot of people struggle with and it’s for a good reason. Color temperature is really subjective to each individual. The color temperature of light that I love may not be what you enjoy. I know some people who need 6500K (a cool/blueish tone) in their kitchens and others that need a 2700K (a yellowish tone).
What LED Color Temperature to Use for White Cabinetry
What’s the best way to choose? Take a look at some different color temperatures and see what fits your space and your aesthetics.