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Old 07-29-2010, 08:55 PM   #1
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Undercabinet Lighting Help

Needing to know the best setup for electrical for undercabinet lighting. Got a friend of mine coming who is an electrician. I don't have the lights yet, so I am just wondering what the best way for hook up will be, and what would be the best way to run them. I am wanting something that I can hook up to a switch. Here is my new cabinet setup.

36" to the right of the sink.

Numbers to the left: 12", corner, 36", 30"(microwave going under), 12"
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Old 07-29-2010, 09:45 PM   #2
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I see a wire coming down from the ceiling, what is that for?

Do you have a basement underneath this kitchen or an attic above?

I would put a light under the standalone 36". I would span one across the 12" and the corner cabinet with a second light. Then I would put another one above the 36" by the stove. But I am far from a lighting designer.

As far as switching them, that's up to you. You can have two switches, one for each side of the sink. Or you can have them all on one. Your choice, as long as you have clear basement or attic access. If not, then it's time to open some sheetrock, but you'll still have to get a few from somewhere else because you can't use your receptacle circuits for these lights.


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Wires from the ceiling are for two pendant lights. I do have both basement and attic access. I think I am going to go ahead and get some lights before he shows up.
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Regardless of the types of fixtures, the wiring will be the same, including switching. Code requires switching for lighting at room entry points, but you can add 3-ways in different places for convinience.
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"Code requires switching for lighting at room entry points"

What code states that exactly?

Even if that is the case I HIGHLY doubt that accent/task light below the counter would be part of that section.

Your design also depends on what type of fixtures you use... be it plug in or hardwired type. Either will work and either can be designed to be swtiched however if you do plan to use plug in type lights I would highly advice that you do not wire them into one of the two small appliance circuits in the kitchen (while it is a grey area in code it is still not a good idea).
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You will probably have less trouble with a 120 v system than with a 12 v system.
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Go buy the lights first!
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Your comment for lighting switches as entry point, if your refering to under counter lights, thats not true, the swiches can be at the counter


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