Under-lighting a sink can showcase its extraordinary beauty while providing a unique and sophisticated night light. Happily, there are several ways you can achieve this.
One way is to work with a lighting design specialist to tailor a plan especially for your project, if you have a budget to work with. We have also had clients use LED rope lights around the inside of their cabinets. Some have even used a string of Christmas lights.
Make sure it is one that does not build up heat inside the cabinet when the cabinet doors are closed. For best results when under-lighting, mount the sink fully under the counter.
For a partially recessed bowl, the lights will show best on the lower recessed part, while the portion above the counter will likely be noticeably darker, giving a 2 tone effect. You will also see a darker “waistband” on the bowl where the sink transitions from above to below the counter.
To under-light a vessel that is fully on top of the counter, light would need to be able to pass through the counter, such as with translucent glass.
You can also add plenty of drama to a vessel sink with targeted accent lighting from above the bowl.
If you are considering under-lighting a clear glass sink, remember that you will be able to see every detail of the type of lights, cords, and the way in which the lights are positioned to shine through.
Most other stones such as onyx, granite, marble, travertine, limestone, sandstone, and river rock are very densely formed to the point where little to no light can pass through them. They can be stunningly showcased with targeted overhead lighting for that beautiful ambiance you are looking for.