How to install under cabinet lighting is a simple job that can be tackled with just a few hours and tools. Under cabinet lighting can help brighten up any kitchen. It brings out and accentuates your counter tops. There are all sorts of options available in under cabinet lighting. Sound simple? It can be. Let’s get started.
The first step to any home improvement project is to take a trip down to the hardware store.
You’ll need the following items
A roll of #12 wire
Under cabinet lights
2 way light switch
First thing to do is plan out the cabinet lighting. Take a measurement of the depth of the cabinets then center the lights and nail them into place. Space the lights equally apart for even counter top lighting. Run the power cable between the lights in series. For a neat appearance use some wire ties with double backed tape stuck to the under side of the cabinet. These will stick to the cabinet and you can use the zip ties to hold everything in place. Poke a hole through the under side of the cabinet and run the power cable up through the hole.
The next step is to run power from the circuit panel to the lights. Punch a small hole in the back of the cabinet and then another through the drywall behind it.
Now it’s time to put in a light switch. To save time and wire just cut out a square between two studs and nail in an electrical box. Run the #12 wire from the attic down through the wall to the outlet box. Run wire from the switch box up to the hole behind the cabinet. Here you’ll tie in the lighting wire with the switch wiring. Use some wire nuts and make up the lighting end of the circuit. For a neater appearance push the wires back into the wall. Now move back to the outlet box and wire up the light switch and screw it into place. Then install the cover plate over the whole thing.
Next move to the fuse box, kill power to the panel and wire in the new circuit. Reenergize the panel and head back into the kitchen. Grab a package of light bulbs and start install them in your new under cabinet lighting.
Now it’s time to test. Just flick the switch and make sure that everything comes on.
All that’s left is the clean up.
Go back to the holes you made in the wall and fill them with a silicon sealant.
Sweep up any sawdust followed by a wet rag for a final dusting.
That’s all there is in figuring out how to install under cabinet lighting. All you need are a few simple tools and parts. A few free hours on the weekend and you’ll have a great set of under cabinet lights. It’s a cheap easy way to make over any kitchen. So why not block out a Saturday afternoon and spend a little time revitalizing your kitchen