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How to Install Kitchen Cabinet Lighting

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One of the first things they teach in interior design school is how to plan for lighting. Good lighting really does make such a difference. No one wants to feel like they are under interrogation lights while eating dinner!
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When we made over our kitchen last year, we planned on adding over and under cabinet lighting. Fortunately, my husband is very experienced at electrical work so this was an easy DIY for him. He says this is relatively easy and low voltage for anyone who has some basic electrical knowledge. If not, hire out. Safety first.
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We used LED tape lights. We first measured out the sections where we needed the lighting to go, and then cut the lights accordingly. Be sure to follow the included directions on where to make the cuts.
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We started with the upper cabinets, because that is where our outlet is. He drilled holes between each of the sections to run the wires through. He also drilled holes between the upper and lower cabinets to make a path for connecting the top to the bottom.
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He used connectors to connect the sections of tape lighting together. The LED tape lights have a sticky backing which makes them easy to attach underneath of the lower cabinets.
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Since our outlet is located in the upper cabinets, we also picked up a wireless remote for turning them on and off. If you would like further details on this project, visit the link below.

To see more: http://thehoneycombhome.com/how-to-install-cabinet-lighting/

  • Kim
    Kim Racine, WI

    I have over the cabinet lights too, and I never thought of a remote, but I put mine on a timer, so they come on every evening. I love them!

  • Bonnie
    Bonnie Palmyra, PA

    Your kitchen is so pretty. I love the lights in the glass cabinets. I also love the wine rack above your refrigerator. I remember a previous post about how you did that. The whole kitchen looks amazing and just some welcoming.

  • Patricia
    Patricia Lebanon, OH

    I don't think I would have noticed the lack of lighting until the "after" photo, and then WOW what a difference it makes! Great job.

  • Marialadrian

    I love the kitchen and the lights. 😄

  • Starr
    Starr Belleville, IL

    This is great and gives me some ideas, not just with the lights but with your decorating. What do you have on the front of your cabinets?

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