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Old 10-29-2009, 08:10 PM   #1
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So you dont have to read the whole post Whats the best way to wire in undercabinet lighting ??

So i figure while the kitchen is torn up Im goint to hardwire in some under caninet lighting and some accent lights to go above the wall cabs. old ones went to ceiling new will not.

Good news my brother is a master electrician
Bad news hes In Mass and Im in SC.

Plan is to run a new line from the box to the Kitchen with 14/2. The above cab accent lighting should be pretty simple. Finding a painless "clean" install on the under cabs Is what Im looking for.
Have to go to L0wes tomarrow and see what they have.

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Old 10-29-2009, 08:23 PM   #2
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Consider low voltage halogen or LED lights.
This way you can run the equivalent of lamp cord to the lighting locations.
NOW is the best time to do it with the walls all open!

Puck lights can be installed inside chase that your cabinet supplier should be able to get. No wires showing at all!

If you are doing a tile backsplash, make sure to mount them about 1/2" away from the wall.

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Old 10-29-2009, 08:34 PM   #3
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Lowes has a good selection of under cabinet lighting systems . The lights are going to be really low current , so now may be a good time to add a few recepticals , as long as your kitchen is torn up
But yes a 14/2 on a 15 amp breaker would be good . Go to a switch and from the switch to the lights .
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Consider low voltage halogen or LED lights.
This way you can run the equivalent of lamp cord to the lighting locations.
NOW is the best time to do it with the walls all open!

Puck lights can be installed inside chase that your cabinet supplier should be able to get. No wires showing at all!

If you are doing a tile backsplash, make sure to mount them about 1/2" away from the wall.
If the voltage is reduced the voltage drop will be worse and larger conductors will need to be run, not smaller. Also the wire needs to be a Chapter 3 recognized method. Zip cord cannot be run in the walls.

IMO pucks look like crap with too many hot spots followed by dark spots. Linear strips are much more even.

I try to bring my NM feeds out in the bottom lip of the cabinet. You can rough in a little high to prevent having to patch.
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Old 10-29-2009, 10:59 PM   #5
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I installed low voltage halogen pucks under my kitchen cabinets - looks great. However, the halogen lights get really really hot - so much so one could not hold their hand inside the cabinet opposite the light puck. I put a 4"x6" piece of metal (flashing from the roofing dept.) as a heat sink and shield under the light - resolved the heat problem.

If I had a do-over, I would use LED lights.
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Old 10-30-2009, 05:11 PM   #6
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Use xenon pucks instead of halogen they don't heat up. i have them spaced about every 3 feet and there are no "darker" spots at all.

i didnt get them at Lowes i got them from an electric supply store.
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Old 10-30-2009, 05:19 PM   #7
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I used LED pucks from HD
Nice bright white light, 4w total use for 3 lights
I will add 3 more once the kitchen is renovated
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I must just be a creature of habit. In my area (Chicago) we are not able to use any Romex. That is why I suggested the low voltage option. Since you appear to be in an area where romex is ok, I agree with Jim Port's suggestion.

Halogens will absolutely get way too hot. When I have had to replace them, there are almost always burn marks in their vicinity. LED is definately the way to go with low voltage.

Good luck on your project.
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thanks for the info I think I have a good plan as what Im going to do I'm gonna make a new thread on it.

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