Light Rail Molding for Kitchen Cabinets

Light rail molding today is typically used under the wall cabinets to conceal the under cabinet lighting and/or to add a decorative element to the overall design.  We offer two specific styles of under cabinet molding, Light Rail Classic and Light Rail Transitional, but there are multiple moldings that can be used creatively at the bottom of the wall cabinets to add that extra design detail.

Years back most under cabinet lighting options were limited to bulky fluorescent lights that were often visible when installed underneath the wall cabinet. The available light rail molding styles  were often 2” in height, which did a fine job of concealing the lights, but tended to looked a little bulky. But faced with the choice of looking at the lights or concealing them with a trim piece there were few options.

Late 80's, early 90's light rail cabinetry 

Today, under cabinet lighting is available in many different styles, strip, tape, puck and light bars to name a few.  The light source itself has also advanced from just your average fluorescent bulb. There are compact fluorescents, LED, Xenon, and Halogen options to consider. With all of these choices the good news is that today’s lighting is extremely low profile, usually an inch or less in height.

Our framed cabinetry lineCrestwood, has a 1” recess underneath the wall cabinets which accommodates a large variety of lighting options. The addition of light rail molding would be the finishing touch.

Light Rail molding used as a decorative detail on the bottom of a wall cabinet.

Our frameless line, Bria Cabinetry has no recess on the bottom of a wall cabinet so any lighting that is installed underneath the wall cabinet would be visible.  If you are using frameless cabinetry and plan to have under cabinet lighting, light rail molding of some type should be considered.

A Low Profile Light Rail on home office cabinets in a dark gray paint finish.


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