Custom cabinets are exactly what their name indicates: custom. As such, generic cabinet lighting solutions seldom deliver what they promise when installed in antiques, antique reproductions, and high-end display cases. Retail linear light fixtures are designed for retail cabinets built to standard dimensions. Seldom are these types of cabinets the ones found in the living rooms, family rooms, dens, and master bedrooms of larger homes ranging from 5,000 square feet on up.
In these homes, residents typically have a number of fine furniture pieces ranging from breakfronts to secretaries, bookcases, and armoires. Those pieces which are antiques and true-to-form antiques were manufactured prior to the invention of cabinet lights and as such are not constructed in a manner that typical retail linear fixtures can adapt to. What is needed for illuminating these pieces is an intelligently plan of action designed built on consultation, expertise, and access to specialized equipment manufactured specifically for lighting the most rare, beautiful, and valuable cabinets in the world.
Illuminations Lighting and Design specializes in custom cabinet lighting consultations that allow for any cabinet to be impeccably illuminated from within with custom linear strips which are tailor made by partner manufacturing firms. These strip lights can be mounted either horizontally or vertically, depending on the dimensions of the cabinet and the type of craftsmanship that characterizes its build. Our cabinet lighting design consultants are trained to closely examine every piece of furniture in order to determine which linear models are best suited to that particular lighting application.
They are also trained to further customize each cabinet lighting fixture to any special challenges they encounter in a particular piece of furniture. In many instances, they must deliver special instructions to the manufacturer that call for vertically mounted strips to be segmented and wired in a contiguous array. This is often done as a workaround to shelves that extend too close to vertical styles and door interiors and block the installation of single-piece fixtures.
As a custom cabinet lighting company, ILD consultants also protect the value of antiques by drawing upon a wealth of expertise in hidden wiring techniques. These configurations require only minimum wood penetration and prevent visible damage to the cabinet. Decorators and collectors can pass on their wish list of lighting effects, and our team can accommodate their desires with any number of trim options and unique glare shields that will conceal the visible presence of cabinet lighting fixtures and fill the display’s interior with an ambient magical presence.
What this essentially amounts to is a turnkey installation of a cabinet lighting system that is built strip by strip, wire by wire, and lamp by lamp for each and every piece of furniture we encounter. Such a highly sophisticated and individualized approach to cabinet lighting services can only be accomplished by a team with the wherewithal to match technology to aesthetic demands without losing awareness of the many complex challenges that face the designer working with rare or sensitive pieces.
This wherewithal has evolved over the past 30 years into a multi-specialty turnkey system and services repertoire. Lighting floor plans, fine art lighting, outdoor lighting services, landscape lighting maintenance contracts, and home automation are just a few of our services that light both the interior and exterior realms of human living experience.