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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

5 Tips for Installing Under-Cabinet LED Lighting

Under-cabinet lighting can be a perfect addition to your home, whether you’re installing the lighting in your kitchen, office, garage or another area of your home with shelves or cabinets. Illuminating the area under your cabinets can help you find things quicker and give you space you might not have even known you had. You can improve your home quickly and easily with the contemporary and subtle task lighting you get from under-cabinet lights.

As you may have guessed, installing under-cabinet lighting isn’t as easy as changing a light bulb. However, with a couple of hours and the right tools, it’s not too difficult or dangerous. Here are our top tips for installing under-cabinet lighting:

  1. Turn off the electricity to the kitchen from your main electrical panel. You don’t want this project to end with a shock and a trip to the emergency room, so cut the power before you begin. To be sure you’ve cut the power, plug in a lamp in your kitchen and make sure it doesn’t light up.
  2. Make sure you have the right tools. Pull together the tools you’ll need before you start to prevent having to make a run to the home improvement store mid-way through the project. Some of the tools you might need: a flat pry bar, Phillips and slotted screwdrivers, a drill, a drywall saw and wire strippers.
  3. Read all of the instructions. It can be easy to just skim the instructions and attempt the project, but resist the temptation for this project. Electrical projects require precise steps in order to go well, so follow the instructions that accompany your lights.
  4. Install the lighting close to the front of your cabinets. Many homeowners make the mistake of installing their lighting too far back under their cabinents. Placing the lighting as close to the front of your cabinets as possible will illuminate more of your task space.
  5. Don’t forget to install accessories. If you’d like your under-cabinet lighting to be dimmable, be sure you install a dimmer switch before you finish your project. Don’t forget any other accessories you might want with your new under-cabinet task lighting.

Where do you plan to install your under-cabinet lighting? Let us know in the comments below!

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