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Under Cabinet Kitchen Lights
Summary: Under cabinet lighting will blend well with other lighting and provide a soft level of light to enhance your kitchen countertops and will balance the kitchen lighting and help to lighten up dark corners.
© By: Dave Rongey
Installing Under Cabinet Kitchen Lighting
- The benefits of under cabinet lights are many, and with so many new types of lighting available today, you will be sure to find the right style for your kitchen.
- These lights are great for wall wash, accenting countertops, a clean bright look and they are a great way to brighten up any dark counter space.
- Under cabinet lights serve as great task lights too. When you're up for a snack in the middle of the night, you'll be glad you have soft under cabinet lights.
Brighten up your home with under cabinet kitchen lights. These lights are one of my favorite additions for the homes I work in. Whether you are remodeling or designing your new dream kitchen, be sure to include under cabinet lighting on your list.
|Benefits of Under Cabinet Kitchen Lights
Types of Under Cabinet Lighting for the Home
Job notes for Cabinet Lighting Projects
|Each under cabinet lighting installation will require investigating the access that is needed to install the required electrical wiring and light switches. Reviewing the installation and planning the locations of the fixtures will determine what wiring materials and labor will be involved.
NOTE: Each home electrical project requires careful planning. See our list of Helpful Low-Cost Home Project Guides: Home Electrical Project Guides
Electrical Codes that applies to Kitchen Wiring
314.16 Electrical Junction Box Fill - The volume of electrical boxes shall be sufficient for the number of conductors, devices, and cable clamps contained within the box. Nonmetallic boxes are marked with their cubic inch capacity.
314.19 Wiring Methods - Junction boxes shall be installed so that the wiring contained in them can be rendered accessible without removing any part of the building.
NOTE: This is a partial list of electrical codes. Other codes may apply. Some codes may be updated.
See the Electrical Code area for more information: Home Electrical Codes
Installing Under Cabinet Lights
|Large Straight-Slot Screw Driver
Medium Straight-Slot Screw Driver
Small Straight-Slot Screw Driver
Black Electrical Tape
Red Electrical Tape
White Electrical Tape
Green Electrical Tape
Yellow Wire Connectors
Red Wire Connectors
|The materials needed will depend upon the project requirements for your home.
Add-on fixture kits are available from most hardware stores.
Choose a brand that comes with all the necessary hardware for installation.
The electrical tools for each project may be different depending on the individual project requirements and the access to install electrical devices.
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The electrical parts list will depend upon each individual project and the requirements to wire specific devices added to the project.
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This handy tool has multiple uses:
The wire gauges are shown on the side of the tool so you know which slot to use for stripping insulation.
The end of the tool can be used to grip and bend wire which is handy for attaching wire onto the screw terminals of switches and outlets..
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