Easy Way to Upgrade Your Kitchen in Minutes (& It's Renter-friendly!)

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I've done a lot of DIY projects in my rental kitchen to make it feel like home and more functional and the under cabinet lighting I had installed just wasn't bright enough. So I recently upgraded it with these amazingly bright LED lights that come with motion sensor switch!

This is before having the lights

I got these LED lights on Amazon and I love that they are very thin so you hardly see them when they are installed and they also come with a motion sensor switch so you can turn them on/off with a wave of the hand.

You can install the lights with screws or with the double sided pads that come with it. I chose to use the pads and to make them more renter-friendly and easier to remove later, I used removable double-sided tape on the side that will be attached to the underside of the cabinet.

I spaced out the lights evenly to cover the entire area of the counter top.

And then it was just a matter of sticking the lights to the pads.

I used cable staples to secure the wires - they are really inexpensive and only make very small holes. I used more double sided tape to secure the sensor and then plugged the power cord into the outlet.

And this is after! So much better and I love that these LED lights only took a few minutes to do AND renter-friendly!

This video has the installation of the lights and other DIY projects I did, including a pull out drawer that has a special feature to make them renter-friendly.

Suggested materials:

  • LED lights  (Amazon)
  • Double-sided tape  (Amazon)
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Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!


Have a question about this project?

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  • Pat
    on Sep 30, 2019

    Could you tell me exactly which lights you used? I can’t seem to find which ones look like yours on Amazon- thanks! Pat D

    • RJ Baetig
      on Mar 26, 2020

      your Link doesn’t work to ship internationally. Is there anyone else you can recommend. I could check ikea out. We have one, 45 mins away!!

  • Judith Benavente
    on Sep 30, 2019

    you Are a genius, I’ll do all u did, yes I can!! Thank u genius!!!

  • Elliek19
    on Oct 1, 2019

    Do these lights tend to heat up quickly? I have older LED lights under the cabinets that get hot quickly so I don't use them often.

    • Phyllis
      on Oct 7, 2019

      LEDs should not get hot like that. I think yours need to be replaced just to be safe.

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  • Joan
    on Oct 12, 2019

    Yes, my favorite is the under counter LED lights. Then the bracket to hold the trash can. I will try to install them both. I would love to acquire your website.

  • Amanda Estrada
    on Oct 14, 2019

    Odors in house

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