For decades, incandescent (especially halogen and xenon) light sources dominated the undercabinet lighting market. Fluorescent versions made some inroads because they last longer and are more energy-efficient, but now LED is fast-becoming the leader with its low heat, no UV, no mercury, and super-bright illumination. Best of all, many new models eliminate the problem of seeing pinpoints of light reflected onto shiny granite countertops.
GM Lighting: The dimmable LARC4 Series Architectural LED Linear Lightbar provides 24VDC energy-efficient LED lighting in an enclosed, wet-location housing that is an ideal low-profile undercabinet solution for outdoor bars or in undercabinet installations where the fixture is in close proximity to steam and dampness. The light bars come in three lengths, four color temperatures (from 2700K warm white to 5500K pure white), and in a Brushed Aluminum finish. www.gmlighting.net
Halo: Featuring a low-profile design, the patented connector technology allows each LED luminaire to connect to the low-voltage track system with magnetic contact that can be easily moved and relocated. Track sections are available in 12-, 18-, or 24-inch lengths and can be linked together, or the sections can be field cut to fit nearly any application. Smooth dimming is available down to 15 percent using an ELV dimmer. www.cooperlighting.com