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Old 12-20-2014, 09:41 PM   #1
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Undercabinet lights on thin cabinet bottom


I am looking to install a set of under-cabinet LED lights for my wife for xmas, and I have everything all set to go.

But as I was sizing things up tonight, I discovered that the cabinet bottoms are only 1/4" ply - and the install says not to install on less than 1/2" material.

I can get shorter screws, but I'm concerned there wouldn't really be enough to bite into in only 1/4" plywood.

Can I go ahead as is? Or do I need to alter my plans and add another 1/4" thick or better shim on the inside?
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Are you sure it's 1/4"? Doesn't seem that 1/4" would be sturdy enough to hold up much in the way of contents. Pretty much every cabinet I have seen has 1/2" or 3/4" material for the outside framing.
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get led strip lights. they work great, change colors if wanted. and are very easy to install.
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get led strip lights. they work great, change colors if wanted. and are very easy to install.
Most under cabinet lighting is headed towards LED these days.
They're a peel n stick and use low voltage wiring to the light.
The driver/transformer is located in the basement, under the cabinet or some other remote location.

I agree with chit on the 1/4" concern. I'd double check that measurement.
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Can I go ahead as is? Or do I need to alter my plans and add another 1/4" thick or better shim on the inside?
Why not just shim underneath (outside) of the cabinet? If you have standard box and face frame cabinets, it'll be hidden by the face frame and it won't show.
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Hot glue or epoxy. Screws for metal studs are short, and washers or cutting the end (for predrilled holes) makes them adjustable. The transformer can also go on up of the cabinets.
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Like Fix said.....LED strip lights. No heat, uses a whole lot less energy. If you want to get fancy, you can get adjustable colors.

Trust me.....it's the only way to go now.
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when i rewired the kitchen i put regular switched outlets behind the cabinets. the transformer is screwed to the cabinet inside. no problems and works great.
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Let's not overthink this. A few strips of double sided tape will be plenty of adhesion. Make sure everything is clean and stick 'em on.
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