How to Install Lights Under Cabinets


There is something cozy and inviting about turning off the overhead kitchen light and turning on the lights under the cabinets. They add a softer light that is illuminating without glare. They are great to install when you have a dark corner of your kitchen that just comes to life with the addition of these little lights. You can install them yourself with just some simple tools within an hour. They tend to be inexpensive but add a nice modern touch to the kitchen.

Things You'll Need

  • Pencil Phillips head screwdriver
  • Determine what kind of lighting you like. There is the fluorescent type that tends to be the least expensive but does not add a friendly light to the room. The puck halogen lights cost a little more but add a light that is more pleasant to the eye and mood of the room. Both can be purchased with a plug in cord as opposed to hard wiring them.

  • Place the lights under the cabinet, usually centered adds a nice circle of light and mark where you want to install them with a pencil. Plug the string of lights in and make sure it reaches as far as you need. You can get different sized sets, depending on how many lights you want to add.

  • Read the directions on the manufacturer's paperwork that came with the light for mounting. Usually there is a light holder that gets screwed in first and the puck will be inserted into it. Drill pilot holes for the screws so you don't run the risk of cracking your valuable cabinets.

  • Screw the mounting plates into the underside of the cabinets in the positions you marked. Add the puck lights and plug into the wall outlet. Make sure all the lights work properly.

  • Turn off the halogen lights when you leave the room for an extended period of time as they do tend to produce a lot of heat. Always unplug them when you leave the house.

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