LED Tape for Lighting Alternatives

One of the more challenging parts of a renovation is finding creative ways to update lighting. At times, simply replacing out-dated fixtures with a more modern look is often a solution to the lighting problem. However, there are instances when, for any number of reasons, this particular solution is not the most desirable.

One of our favorite products to incorporate into our renovations when presented with a lighting challenge is LED tape. LED tape is a flexible ribbon of tiny LED lights that can be cut to any length. LED tape offers an enormous amount of options for unique lighting in the home. The flexibility of the product allows for a great deal of creativity where lighting would normally be problematic. Aside from the ambiance and warm glow provided, LED tape offers a highly functional lighting alternative. Because it remains cool to the touch, LED tape is ideal for installation in a home with children to avoid any accidental burns from touching hot lights.

LED Tape in Kitchen
LED tape was used in this kitchen renovation in Great Falls, Virginia.

The soft glow from the LED tape provides ideal nighttime light in any room of the house, but particularly for installation in a kitchen or bathroom. They provide a much broader range of installation options for counters when compared to other lighting options (spotlights or bar lights). Another benefit, LED tape lasts longer than traditional lights making it well worth the investment.

In this particular renovation, we installed LED tape on the underside of kitchen cabinets. Note how the light from the tape provides enough light for those late night trips to the fridge while not casting too much light.

Reston Master Bathroom Gets A Facelift

Previous Poorly Installed ShowerIn this bathroom facelift, the homeowners’ shower stall was poorly constructed by a previous contractor, leading to leaks through the floor into the kitchen ceiling below. The old bathtub was too short for the tall homeowners, so we took out the tub structure to make way for a longer, more elegant stand alone tub. Fortunately the homeowner had extra floor tile from the previous renovation, so we patched the floor and purchased new shower tile to blend with the existing tile.

We tore out the old shower and installed proper water proof membranes behind the Durock walls. Then we re-tiled with a very organic set of flat pebbles for the shower floor, porcelain wood plank tiles for the shower walls, and a touch of marble mosaics to the shower and new bathtub niches (“Claros Silver Tumbled Cobble” from the Tile Shop, “Rain” porcelain plank tiles from the Mosaic Tile Company, and “Arabescato Seaweed Wave” from the Mosaic Tile Company).

Renovated Bath

The new taller, frameless shower glass enclosure allows for these tall homeowners to easily access their new towel warmer (“Infinity” by WarmlyYours).

The new stand alone tub (“Emily” 69″ acrylic tub from the “Wyndham Collection”) is longer, yet still allows enough leg space for the toilet, and helps make the room feel larger. New modern polished chrome fixtures tie the new pieces together with the existing vanity.

Finally, a soothing coat of aqua (“Catalina Blue” from Benjamin Moore) was applied to the walls to give this Master Bath retreat a truly spa-like feel!”