How to Wire Under-Cabinet Lighting

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How to Wire Under-Cabinet Lighting
Under-cabinet lighting (Photo by Lori Butterton)

Under-cabinet lighting is easy to install and adds value and functionality to your kitchen. Under-cabinet lighting comes in a variety of options and styles. Among them are halogen lighting, which provides a warm glow, and LED lighting, which has more of a cool white feel. Both provide bright lighting that will enable you to see and use your workspace like never before.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Under-cabinet halogen lighting kit
  • Small 1/2" screws
  • Screw driver
  • Wire clips (sometimes provided with kit)
  • Available plug
  • Zip-ties

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Determine where you want the cabinet lighting.

  2. 2

    Prepare the halogen lights to be mounted by removing the bases from the lamps. Once the bases are removed, you will see screw holes in the mounting plates.

  3. 3

    Place the mounting plate in your chosen location for the lighting. Using the screw driver, secure the mounting plate to the underside of the cabinet.

  4. 4

    Repeat Steps 2 and 3 for the number of lights that you have.

  5. 5

    Find a mounting place for the transformer box, which will transfer power to all the lights.

  6. 6

    Secure the transformer to the underside of the cabinet.

  7. 7

    Locate the ends of the wires for all of the lights and insert them into the proper location on the transformer.

  8. 8

    Using the plastic wire clips, secure the wires to the underside of the cabinet. Ensure that you cannot see the wires from a distance. You may also want to use zip-ties to bunch up loose wires.

  9. 9

    Find an available electrical socket and plug your new lights in. Also find a suitable place to locate the switch and secure it.

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