How To Install LED Strip Lights

2 Materials
2 Hours

Steve and I were trying to figure out ways to wake up our all white kitchen. We happened to see a neighbor who had these incredible colored lights above their kitchen cabinets, so we thought we would try to do something similar. So we found out about LED strip lights, bought a set and went to work.

We only needed a 25 foot set, but always make sure you buy a little more length than your space. They sell it in 50 foot lengths as well.

Tools & Supples Needed

  • LED Strip Lights
  • Drill
  • Scissors

How To Install LED Strip Lights

When you go to install your LED strip lights, figure out what space you are going to use them in. You want to avoid having an ugly power cord running down the wall, right? We were installing ours above the kitchen cabinets and we had an outlet in one of the top cabinets, so we drilled a hole in the top of the cabinet large enough for the power cord to fit through. See photo below.

(Many kitchens that have a microwave built in will have a cabinet above it where the microwave plugs in)

Start installing the lights by peeling the backing off the end where the power cord will connect.

Start at one end of the kitchen cabinet and attach the adhesive side of the LED light strip to the top of the cabinet.

You can get all the details  on our blog and see our complete step by step tutorial.

We went pretty much down the middle, but just a little closer to the wall. When you get to a turn, you can just fold the light strip and make the turn.

When you get to the point where the lights should stop, you will need to cut the light strips. Check out our full tutorial on our blog for complete details.

There are obviously many other Led strip lighting ideas. You could install them under the cabinets, behind a bathroom mirror, under a bed, behind a TV… seriously the ideas are pretty endless.

Most strip light sets come with an app or a remote. You can set them to do a slow fade color changing effect, to have them come on in the morning, or go off in the late evening. Lots of possibilities.

I really don’t think there was a color we didn’t like, and they all pop against a white or neutral background.

We are loving our kitchen LED strip lights! This was a pretty transformative project for less than $20!

More details on our blog. Stop by and check it out!

Suggested materials:
  • LED Strip Lights   (Amazon)
  • Scissors   (any store)
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  • Brenda Brenda on Oct 19, 2022

    Love this kitchen and the adjacent room as well. The lights do add a very contemporary look. Good job

  • Marcia Marcia on Nov 19, 2022

    I bet having this type of illumination will save money also! Here in RI we were told that this winter our electricity bill will jump 50%. I am looking for ways to cut my usage. This looks like one way.