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How to install LED lighting

Updated February 21, 2017

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tip

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.

Warning

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.

Things You'll Need

  • Screwdriver
  • Power drill
  • Voltage tester
  • Wire cutters
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Cameron Easey has over 15 years customer service experience, with eight of those years in the insurance industry. He has earned various designations from organizations like the Insurance Institute of America and LOMA. Easey earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and history from Western Michigan University.