Make over your kitchen by installing under-cabinet lighting. We'll walk you through the simple process.

August 14, 2016

If you're in need of a little extra light, look no further than under-cabinet lighting. This stylish option hides bulky cords from view and puts light where you need it—over the countertops. Homeowners have several options for adding under-cabinet lighting, including stick-on lights and easy-to-install mounted lights. 

Stick-on lights are exactly what they sound like. They're battery-operated, and an adhesive connects the bases to the bottom of the cabinet. A strong magnet keeps the light in place. 

Mounted lights are a little more sturdy. A set of brackets are attached to the cabinet, and the light is snapped into place. A cord connects the light strip to an outlet in your cabinet. The following guide will show you how to mount LED under-cabinet lights in your kitchen. 

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What You Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • Under-cabinet lighting
  • Brackets
  • Screwdriver
  • Screws
  • Power cord
  • Drill
  • 1/2-inch spade bit

Step 1: Measure and Mark

Measure the light and the cabinet. Find the center and mark it with a pencil. Hold the light in place near the front of the cabinet, then mark 1 inch from each end of the light with a pencil. This is where the brackets will go. 

Step 2: Mount Brackets

Use a screwdriver to mount the brackets on the market spots. If desired, predrill holes to make it easier to attach the screws.

Step 3: Install the Light

Once the brackets are secure, snap the light into place. Insert the power cord into the light, then mark where it bends. This is where you'll want to drill a hole in the cabinet.

Step 4: Install the Cord

Drill a small hole on the marked spot of the cabinet with your 1/2-inch spade bit. Snake the cord through the hole into the mounted lighting, then plug the other end into an outlet. 


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