How to Install LED Lighting


LED lighting is a newer way to provide light to various places, such as under a kitchen cabinet. This type of light is typically more energy efficient than a standard incandescent light. Depending on how your cabinets are built the lights are designed to have a low profile so they cannot be seen under the cabinet. Installing LED lights can be done by first deciding where to place the LED light assembly.

Things You'll Need

  • Screwdriver
  • Power drill
  • Voltage tester
  • Wire cutters
  • Mark the placement for the LED lights so that so you know where the electrical wiring needs to be located.

  • Find a place for the electrical source for the LED lights. The electrical source is typically located within a kitchen cabinet.

  • Drill small pilot holes in the underside of the cabinet to see where the wiring will need to go.

  • Locate a circuit to use for the LED lighting on your home's junction or circuit box.

  • Turn off the circuit that is going to be used for the LED lighting.

  • Feed the electrical wire from your basement junction or circuit box, through the floor, up to the cabinet.

  • Connect the electrical wire from the lighting source to the LED lighting. Refer to the LED lighting instructions to properly connect the electrical wiring.

  • Connect the ground wires from the electrical source for the LED lights to the switch box.

  • Turn on the circuit from the junction box and test the lighting by turning the light switch to the "on" position.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can use an existing electrical outlet of a telephone jack to install a switch box. Install a dimmer switch to control the amount of light that you need. Electrical wire from the junction box is typically fed up through a wall using a stiff wire, called a fish tape. Hire an electrician if you require assistance installing the electrical wiring for your LED lights.
  • All power should be turned off before attempting any electrical work. Improperly connecting the electrical wire can create a short or damage the lighting source.

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