How Can I Light Up a Display Cabinet From Inside?

Updated March 16, 2017

Lighting can completely change the ambience of a room. From uplighters in a living room corner to toe-kick lighting around a kitchen island, the right lighting can have a tremendous impact on a space. When you fill a display cabinet with collectibles, art or other treasured items, lighting showcases these pieces. Advances in the lighting industry have led to much easier installation options and a wider array of lighting products. Whether you choose linkable LED lights or traditional fluorescents, a ray of light can transform your display cabinet.

Disconnect electricity at the breaker box before beginning installation. Turn off electric switches. Use a flashlight or natural light from a window to install cabinet lighting.

Install LED wafers. Connect desired number of wafers with linking cord. Mount wafers to cabinet with double-sided tape, or drill holes and install with screws. Direct-wire or drill hole and run cord through to nearest outlet. Follow specific manufacturer instructions in the product manual for the brand of LED wafers you have purchased, if you choose to direct-wire.

Install LED sticks. Link LED sticks together. Read manufacturer's instructions for maximum number of links for transformer voltage. Insert a connector cord between links if spacing between lights is preferred. Attach to cabinet with double-sided tape or secure with brackets using screws. Drill a hole into cabinet for the cord, and run it to the nearest outlet or direct-wire. Follow specific manufacturer guidelines in your instruction manual for direct-wiring the type of LED sticks you have purchased.

Install a fluorescent cabinet light. Drill a hole in the cabinet where you are placing the light. Run cords through the hole to the nearest outlet. Mount light to the cabinet with screwdriver.

Things You'll Need

  • Flashlight
  • Double-sided tape
  • Drill
  • Screwdriver
  • LED wafers
  • LED sticks
  • Fluorescent cabinet lights
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Kelli Peacock Dunn has been a news editor and photographer since 1998, working at a weekly newspaper in Northwest Florida. Her articles have also appeared in "Panama City Living" magazine and "The Lookout."