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How to Install Lighting Under Your Kitchen Cabinets

Installing under-cabinet lighting can enhance your kitchens functionality, decor and will brighten your workspace. There are many different designs of cabinet lighting available, so make sure you pick one that suits you. You will need an under cabinet lighting kit, Phillips and standard screwdrivers, a drill with bits, a hammer, pencil and safety glasses. To begin, clear your countertop and cabinets to route wires. Figure out where you are going to place the lights. Most manufactures recommend 12" between each light for heat and safety reasons. Place the lights closest to the front of the cabinet as possible to get maximum lighting. Normal cabinets will hide the lights face with the cabinet edge. Next is wiring. Some wires can slide between cabinet space and down to an outlet, but for others you may need to drill through the cabinets. After you've marked where you will be placing the lighting fixtures and have the wires routed, you are ready for installation. To install, remove the lense cover from the housing. Hold the lights in the appropriate position with the wire notch towards the back of the cabinet, and then mount the housing assembly with wood screws. If you are going to recess the fixture such as inside the cabinet, drill a recess hole with a hole saw and route the wires through the hole before installing the light. Next, hide the wires along the route to the power supply. In this kit there are clips that we will use that will go right in with just the tap of a hammer. Connect the connector body over the 3 installed pins and plug them into the cable. Finish mounting and assembling the rest of the fixtures. Our system also has a dimmer that plugs into the main power supply. Stick to the cabinet and route the wire to the power supply. Check to make sure that the lights work. If not, check the rewiring. Attach the lense covers back to the housing. Now you have some lights to enhance your kitchen and make counter work easier. Visit for other great kitchen ideas. Subscribe to Lowe's YouTube for great how to videos and home improvement tips: Or head to our channel:
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