What is a Puck Light? [A Quick Guide]

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LED puck lights are a great way to light your home quickly, easily, cheaply, and with the added benefit of being able to control it remotely with a remote control or your smartphone.

But what are they? Are they a good option for lighting your home? And where can I use them?

Let’s take a look.

What is a Puck Light?

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Puck lights, also known as under cabinet lights, are small, circular light fixtures that are designed to be mounted underneath kitchen cabinets, shelves, or other surfaces. They are battery operated, meaning they can be installed in areas of your home where it may not be practical to install wiring for a light. 

Because they are so easy to install and practical to use, you’ll normally find them used in kitchens and other areas of the home where task lighting is needed.


Benefits of Puck Lights

Puck lights are very versatile

One of the main benefits of puck lights is their versatility. 

They can be used to highlight specific areas of a room, such as a kitchen counter or a bookshelf, or they can be equally be used just as well to provide general ambient lighting to a space.

With puck lights, the limit really is your imagination. We’ve seen some really cool examples of lighting homes with puck lights, from placing a few at floor level in a hallway/corridor to placing one or two inside a kitchen cabinet to turn on when you reach in for a bowl.


Puck lights have a low profile

Another benefit of puck lights is their low profile.

Because puck lights are small and can be mounted pretty much flush against a surface, if you place them well they can be virtually invisible when not in use.

A good example of this would be placing them underneath a kitchen cabinet, where the cabinet itself has a small lip that extends down a bit further. Placing them behind this lip would mean no-one would know they are there until they are switched on, and because of this under cabinet puck lighting is a very popular option.

This low profile quality makes them a great option for those who want to add lighting to a room without detracting from the room’s overall aesthetic. As we said, you just need to be smart with your placement!


Puck lights are easy to install

Lastly, puck lights are also incredibly simple to install, making them a popular choice for DIYers and homeowners.

Plus, because most puck lights are battery powered and so don’t need to be hard-wired in to a wall, they are the perfect option for renters who aren’t allowed to re-wire their homes.

In fact, we have a guide here showing how to install wall lights without needing to wire them in, where we essentially strip the wiring elements out of the light and instead replace it with a battery-operated puck light.


Closing Remarks

Overall, puck lights are a versatile and stylish lighting solution that can be used to add both function and aesthetic to any room in the house. And they’re so simple to use!

Whether you're looking to highlight a specific area or simply add some ambient lighting, puck lights are a great option to consider.