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83trekker 01-09-2010 10:59 PM

under cabinet lighting
 
Just wondering what is the best way to run under cabinet lighting. I do not want the plug in from the first bank of lights comming down the wall and plugged into my counter plug. I already have the wire to a switch just not sure what to do now. How do i hardwire these? My cabinets will have the wood trip around the bottom to hide wiring and the lights. Again im in Canada , Alberta .

Thanks all you guys are really great on this site.

Bob Mariani 01-10-2010 07:21 AM

Run the wire from the switch to a junction box in the back of one upper cabinet. Route the undercabinet light wires along the back bottom of the cabinets and then into the junction box.

vsheetz 01-10-2010 09:25 AM

In my recent kitchen remodel I installed a switched 120v outlet in the cabinet above the cooking range, above the exhaust hood. There I plug in a low voltage transformer and ran the wires down and around the underside of the cabinets to the lights.

One issue I encountered was that I selected halogen low voltage round puck lights - they run very hot - so hot as to be uncomfortably warm to the touch inside the cabinet. I placed a 6"x6" piece of sheet metal as a heat shield between the light and the cabinet - problem solved. If I had a do-over I would use LED lights.

83trekker 01-10-2010 10:39 AM

All the under mount lights i see have a normal plug in, would i cut that off and run it into the box and hard wire it?

Bob Mariani 01-10-2010 01:18 PM

yes if these are line voltage lights (120V) No if these are low voltage and have a prong end to connect to a transformer.

83trekker 01-10-2010 09:05 PM

Can i install a plug in the cuboard like i do for a built in microwave oven?

spark plug 01-10-2010 09:51 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by vsheetz (Post 380004)
In my recent kitchen remodel I installed a switched 120v outlet in the cabinet above the cooking range, above the exhaust hood. There I plug in a low voltage transformer and ran the wires down and around the underside of the cabinets to the lights.

One issue I encountered was that I selected halogen low voltage round puck lights - they run very hot - so hot as to be uncomfortably warm to the touch inside the cabinet. I placed a 6"x6" piece of sheet metal as a heat shield between the light and the cabinet - problem solved. If I had a do-over I would use LED lights.

I will not say that Halogen lights (in a kitchen) are "Pasee". But they are not the rage they once were. Today. LED lights are in vogue. For the very reason that you describe. I personally was very hesitant to design and install Halogen lights in kitchens. (even the low voltage lights.):no:!

Bob Mariani 01-11-2010 07:08 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 83trekker (Post 380510)
Can i install a plug in the cuboard like i do for a built in microwave oven?

yes that is what you would do.


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