Brilliant Design

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Carla Jordan is a professional journalist and nationally published home design and lifestyle writer. Her work has appeared in well-regarded magazines, newspapers and websites like:, House Beautiful SIPs, Coastal Living, Better Homes & Gardens, Woman's Day, The Dallas Morning News, Dallas Modern Luxury and (Showtime Network). 
Today's lighting is all about strategic design. Lighting is used to define spaces, create focal points, vary moods and increase functionality. As LED lights grow in popularity (90% of NKBA designers surveyed now specify them), new options for designers are emerging. Among the newest is a comprehensive lighting program from Wood-Mode featuring Hafele LED solutions.
What sets this program apart from many others is the integrated methods of lighting, wiring and switching that can be specified so the cabinets are modified and prepared to receive seamless lighting solutions. This eliminates the need for on-site retrofits (a common approach taken to cabinet lighting) and makes a ton of sense because it brings lighting into the design equation up-front rather than treating it as an after-thought. The Wood-Mode approach makes it possible to keep sight lines clean and unobstructed (no more partially exposed light bulbs, electrical cords or wiring) no matter where in the home the cabinets are located. 
As part of this unique program, designers have access to Hafele Lighting Specialists familiar with Wood-Mode capabilities, along with an entire lighting catalog of LED products. This industry-unique collaboration gives designers access to lighting experts (Hafele Lighting Specialists) and custom cabinet experts (Wood-Mode) to support them in solving a wide range of lighting challenges unique to the spaces in which they're working. 
The program focuses on seven lighting applications.
Interior Drawer Lighting – Exclusive Solution
Placing lighting inside drawers illuminates the entire interior and its contents, so it's easy to see what you've stored where. By design, lights turn on and off as drawers glide open and shut.
One of the most challenging applications for lighting, this exclusive solution from Wood-Mode requires very little field work. Each cabinet is delivered with light bar, wiring and switches built in to the cabinet. It’s a plug-n-play installation. 
Under Cabinet Lighting
Puck and ribbon lights are long-time favorites of homeowners because they illuminate countertops and other work surfaces while reducing shadows from overhead lights. It's easy to see why the Wood-Mode integrated approach is better than a retrofit. Thoughtfully placed lip trim camouflages the ribbon light behind it and puck lights are embedded flush to the bottom of the cabinet, keeping sight lines clean and unobstructed. All you see is the light.
Interior Cabinet Lighting
This china cabinet is transformed into a focal point by combining puck lights with sleek vertical ribbon lights. Proper depth of LEDs and the lens cover provide a balanced distribution of light throughout the cabinet.
Down Lighting
Down lighting brings illumination to typically dark spaces like this display cubby.
Mirror Lighting
LED lights embedded into the interior sides of this cabinet eliminate harsh contrasts and deep shadows, flattering both the mirror and all who look into it. Down lighting, integrated into the bottom of the cabinet, completes the soft, ethereal feel.
Shelf Lighting
Light ribbons illuminate dark shelf interiors. By recessing the drawers, as shown here, the effect of light cascading onto the drawers below is intensified.
Wardrobe Lighting
Here's how to make clothes easy to locate, even in the dark.  Embed a light ribbon into the shallow recessed profile of the closet pole and vary its power with a dimmer switch.
Integrated lighting options like these will help you see your home in a new light.  That's brilliant, by design.