Hi, I’m Jason Dunn for ATG Stores, and today
I’m going to talk to you about installing under cabinet lighting. Under cabinet lights
perform two main functions. Task lighting and ambiance, helping you create a more functional
light that’s more practical for your kitchen. When designing an under cabinet lighting system,
you’re going to need to choose between three basic styles of light fixtures. The first
is a Puck or a Buck light, which are circular and are used as more of a spotlight.
Light bars are linear and range from 3 to 5 inches wide, or there’s also strip tape
lights, which are a narrow version of a light bar. For this job, I’m going to use tape lights,
specifically, WAC Lighting InvisiLED system. And here’s why. The tape light is flexible
and can usually be cut to length, making onsite installation a breeze. You won’t also have
to worry about lights burning out either, as LED fixtures are rated to last upwards
of 50,000 hours. Most of all, installation of this product is simple.
Once we decide on a light, its time to map out the rest of the system components and
assemble or build the materials. Controls. We need to decide a hard wire or
plug-in. For this installation, we’re going to use a plug-in, for the ease of installation.
You should also determine at this point if you want or need extra controls for dimming.
This LED system requires an electronic low voltage dimmer. You will need to determine
if your light comes with all of the connectors necessary to install and buy any extra cables
or splitters that are not already included with the product.
For mounting, we need to be sure to add any extra mounting accessories that you need that
are also not included with the light. Here are the tools that we are using to complete
this installation. We now have our layout and our components, so it’s time to start
the install. Begin by marking and drilling any necessary holes in your cabinets to run
the connectors. Next, place your controls in a concealed location. Start joining the
connectors together and leading them through the drill holes.
Measure and mark where the lights are to be installed. Typically this is towards the front
of the cabinet. Hook up the connectors to the lights, and mount the lights. Finally,
apply any additional mounts and hide excess wiring.
As always, you should check with your specification sheet or installation guide to be sure that
you configured your system correctly. I told you it was simple! And as you can see,
the outcome can really transform a space. You can now chop your vegetables in safety
and set the mood for date night. For all of your home improvement needs, visit ATGStores.com.