By Russell Neal
Phantom Linear Lighting Strips can be used to build entire cabinet lighting systems for displays, book shelves, break fronts, antique cases, armoires, and custom kitchen cabinets. Their low profile design allows them to be concealed along the interior of interior vertical or horizontal cabinet surfaces. Our patented shelf support and buss bar technology eliminate the need for external, visible wiring, making our cabinet lighting fixtures much easier to conceal, and allowing the collector to move the shelves at will when cleaning and redecorating.
Phantom cabinet lighting systems are the only decorative luminaires that can be customized exactly to the furniture they illuminate with minimum cutting or drilling. These linear light strips can be fitted with any number of LED, xenon, and incandescent festoon lamping options to create the color temperature most appropriate to the quality and texture of the furnishing itself and any contents on display within its interior. These wireless undercabinet lighting strips are fully dimmable, giving the end-user full control over lighting levels and power consumption at all times.
Display Cabinet Lighting Systems
Phantom linear strips can be mounted in any number of unique positions within display cases, armoires, breakfronts, corner cabinets, and free standing book cases. Because each linear lighting strip is custom manufactured to the precise dimensions of an interior horizontal or vertical cabinet surface, it is possible to completely conceal our cabinet lighting systems in most antique and reproduction display cases. For breakfronts and display cases that measure 30 or more in height, vertical strip lights are normally mounted on the interior surface of the vertical styles. For display cases with a large horizontal space that significantly exceeds vertical space, we often install horizontal cabinet strip lights along the interior header–shining indirect, ambient light into the entirety of the cabinets interior cubic space. Furniture with shelving, such as bookshelves and antiques, can be lit by concealing lights under the surface of each shelf near the front. The light shines backward and downward, illuminating space, contents, and shelving below.
Not every cabinet was made with a lighting system in mind, however. Many furniture pieces were designed to be enjoyed only in the daytime and gave little or no consideration to the need for any type of interior lighting after sunset. This accounts for why many very old breakfronts and antique china cabinets lack any sort of header or vertical styles. To conceal our custom furniture lights in these furnishings, we work around this challenge by custom building each lighting strip to fit the vertical interior surface of the cabinet door. Even though a visitor may open the glass door and expose the shelf light strips, the compact, wireless design of these low voltage cabinet lights nonetheless maintains a sufficiently aesthetic presentation as to compliment the overall attractiveness of the piece.
Kitchen Cabinet Lighting Systems
Phantom builds both undercabinet lighting and in cabinet lighting systems for modern kitchens whose function and aesthetic rely heavily on custom cabinetry. Almost every cabinet will be unique to its own respective kitchen, which is why it is so important to use a cabinet lighting system that is equally customized to the furnishings and environment it is intended to illuminate. With Phantom, homeowners experience a number of benefits that cannot be obtained from incandescent strip lights or large fluorescent undercabinet lighting systems,
A good example of this is Phantoms unique color selections and glare shielding technology. Phantom strips mount near the front of the cabinet and feature special optics and shields that direct the light toward the wall in the back. Most linear lights mount toward the rear and shine light forward, which then reflects upward from countertops and appliances and into peoples eyes. If guests are seated at nearby tables below normal eye level, the light from incandescent and fluorescent fixtures may actually shine directly into their eyescreating even more of an annoyance.
Simply by changing the angle of incidence, our hidden cabinet lighting systems transform glare into aesthetic and protect the balance of interior design when viewed from tables and chairs. This works toward creating a warmer, more complimentary aesthetic form of showcase lighting both under the cabinet glow and within.
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