How to install LED lighting

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How to install LED lighting
LED lights can fit discretely under shelves. (Digital Vision./Photodisc/Getty Images)

LED lighting is a newer way to provide light to various places, such as under a kitchen cabinet. This type of light is typically more energy efficient than a standard incandescent light. Depending on how your cabinets are built the lights are designed to have a low profile so they cannot be seen under the cabinet. Installing LED lights can be done by first deciding where to place the LED light assembly.

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Things you need

  • Screwdriver
  • Power drill
  • Voltage tester
  • Wire cutters

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  1. 1

    Mark the placement for the LED lights so that so you know where the electrical wiring needs to be located.

  2. 2

    Find a place for the electrical source for the LED lights. The electrical source is typically located within a kitchen cabinet.

  3. 3

    Drill small pilot holes in the underside of the cabinet to see where the wiring will need to go.

  4. 4

    Locate a circuit to use for the LED lighting on your home's junction or circuit box.

  5. 5

    Turn off the circuit that is going to be used for the LED lighting.

  6. 6

    Feed the electrical wire from your basement junction or circuit box, through the floor, up to the cabinet.

  7. 7

    Connect the electrical wire from the lighting source to the LED lighting. Refer to the LED lighting instructions to properly connect the electrical wiring.

  8. 8

    Connect the ground wires from the electrical source for the LED lights to the switch box.

  9. 9

    Turn on the circuit from the junction box and test the lighting by turning the light switch to the "on" position.

Tips and warnings

  • You can use an existing electrical socket of a telephone jack to install a switch box.
  • Install a dimmer switch to control the amount of light that you need.
  • Electrical wire from the junction box is typically fed up through a wall using a stiff wire, called a fish tape.
  • Hire an electrician if you require assistance installing the electrical wiring for your LED lights.
  • All power should be turned off before attempting any electrical work.
  • Improperly connecting the electrical wire can create a short or damage the lighting source.

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