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Old 10-22-2009, 05:25 PM   #1
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Id like to add under cabinet lighting to an existing switched ligh. How do I do this?

Ok, so my kitchen has a light above the sink (which I am replacing as part of a remodel) that is on a switch next to the sink. My main concern is safety when it comes to this so I need to know what wire to use etc.

How can I add under cabinet lights to this set up? I think I will need 2 sets of lights (one on each side of the sink).

NOTE: A diagram would be very helpful. Doesn't need to be fancy but I am a very visual. Also, the hose is almost 60 years old so that should give you an idea of roughly how the house is wired.

Thanks for any help
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Old 10-22-2009, 08:26 PM   #2
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There are several options for UC lighting, none of which are very easy and some are downright dangerous.

You need to get the correct cables (probably 14/2 NM) from the light jbox to under the cabinets for a 120 volt UC light or to a receptacle above/inside where you can plug in a transformer for 12 volt UC lights.

The 12V fixtures may be more of a safe installation in your case. If you can get access from the ceiling light to just above or inside the cabinets, you can install a receptacle there, plug in a trandformer and tack the 12V wiring in the back corner of the cabinets.

Oh yeah....Once you take the light fixture down you will more than likely find burned/crispy wiring. That's a whole nother issue. Call someone. It will be worth the $$
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