Regardless of the lighting source in your kitchen, it always seems like your counters are never bright enough. Fortunately, there are several options available for task lighting that can brighten up your workspace even if you’re not renovating your kitchen.
With new products and some helpful tips, you can install under cabinet kitchen lighting to shed some light on your counters. If you run the wiring through your kitchen’s base cabinets, the installation will be much easier than fishing electrical wire through your walls. Whenever you attempt an electrical project, make sure to follow all safety procedures to avoid dangerous problems
- Locate an electrical source. Since under cabinet lighting doesn’t draw a lot of power, you can tap into an existing light switch as your power source. Make sure you know which breaker your switch is located on, so you can kill the power.
- Map the wiring path. Before doing any drilling, carefully map out the wiring path through your base cabinets. The cabinet closest to your power source is the best location for your new junction box.
- Install flex. Follow the route you planned and drill holes in your cabinet to accommodate a 1/2″ steel flex. Once you have the flex in place, fish your wiring through it. The flex will protect the wiring from any disturbances when you’re using the base cabinets.
- Mount the lights and complete the wiring. Once you’ve mounted your lights, you’ll have to wire them, and then connect your wiring to the power source. You should consider adding a dimmer switch for ambient lighting and as a power-saving feature.
Provided you have electrical knowledge and follow safety practices, you can install under cabinet kitchen lighting by yourself. Roth Heating & Cooling has been serving the Portland and surrounding areas for more than 35 years and has an experienced electrical staff that can install your lighting. Contact us for an estimate today.