Under-Cabinet Rope Lighting

2 Materials
30 Minutes

If you're like me and find yourself wanting a little mood lighting in your kitchen (or any other room, really), here's a great way to do that with just a few supplies and steps.
BEFORE: Today is a gloomy, rainy day so my house is just as gloomy and dark with all the lights off, even though I have tons of windows. So days like today, as well as in the evenings, I realized I wanted some light to brighten up my kitchen.
SUPPLIES: -rope/tube lights (I purchased 18' but probably could have gotten away with 10'.) -Command rope lighting hooks *Note: The rope lighting came with clips and screws to install the lights, however, I found that they were impossible to work with. The screws were the size of the ones you find holding the ears of your sunglasses together. They were horrible so I decided to try out the Command brand clips--this way they were also easy to remove and wouldn't create permanent holes under my cabinets.
STEP 1: Apply Command clips To adhere the tape tabs to the Command clips, I first removed the blue paper as directed on the packaging.
Then, I stuck the tape tab to the back of the Command clip and applied pressure.
Next, I took the paper off of the other side of the tape tab...
and here is what the clip should look like once the tape tab is correctly applied.
STEP 2: Attach Command clips to cabinet Next, I took all of my Command clips and adhered them to the under side of my cabinets. Make sure that the wood is free of cobwebs and anything other debris--the surface should be clean.
Apply pressure when sticking the clips to the wood. I used all of my Command clips, spacing them out every 4" or so. *Note: if you're able to install the clips with the tiny screws that came with the rope lights, STEPS 1 and 2 would basically just be you installing the clips with a drill (or screw gun as Rob calls it). Please comment if you end up doing this project and use the provided screws and clips! I'd love to know how in the world you accomplished it! :)
STEP 3: Clip in lights Finally, just snap in the rope lights into the clips. I tried to keep mine as tight as I could so that there was no slack.
I'm not crazy about how the lights reflect against my hardwood floors (the parts where you can actually see the rope reflection) but I love how they brighten up my kitchen, especially at night. UPDATE: I've gotten so many people asking me how/where I plugged in the rope lighting so here is the answer: We have an outlet on the wall above the far right of our countertop so I hid the excess rope with our Keurig machine (it sits right in front of the outlet), then snaked the rope down the side of the cabinet, securing it against the side of the cabinet with Command hooks, and hid that part of the rope with our trash can since it sits in that spot. Also, a few of you asked about the lights going under the oven. I tried to make my rope lights as straight as possible and went under the oven without touching the drawer so the rope is essentially laying on the floor underneath the oven. I haven't had any issues with heat/melting.
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Suggested materials:

  • 18' rope lights  (Amazon)
  • Command rope light clips  (Target)

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  • Dodie Sanzone
    on Jan 13, 2019

    What do you use for an electric source? Did I miss something?

    • NancyMaria
      on Jan 22, 2019

      She plugged the rope lights in at the counter height, then went down the side of the cabinet.

  • What about running them under your top cabinets and use a peice of the conductor to cover the cord the

    Color of your cabinets. It would be similar to having a stove hood light.😉

    • Pampam
      on Nov 19, 2019

      I think it is tubing but not sure. Ask a hardware electrical salesman

  • Sharji
    on Dec 22, 2019

    We did this in 2001, plugging it into a circuit controlled by a motion sensor switch. When we approach either end of our kitchen, the lights come on and stay on as long as there is movement in the kitchen. There’s a position on the motion sensor switch that allows us to leave the tube lights on continually. The motion sensor lighting has saved many a stubbed toe.

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  • CeeJay
    on Feb 13, 2019

    I like the idea of putting them on top of the cabinets better. Under the toe kick would just highlight where I "should" have swept after dinner.

    Around the bottom of the bed is a terrific idea. Perfect for people with pets, young kids that wake often, or just get up themselves often. I'm going to do this one!

  • Deneen Saunders
    on Mar 6, 2019

    I really like this. I wonder if you could add some sort of motion detector to it. That would be cool.

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