Under & Over Cabinet Lighting Tutorial
I am happy to share that today I am offering a how-to-guide for the first project of our budget kitchen makeover series: cabinet lighting! (Checkout the final reveal here!)
See how we transformed a dark and shadowy kitchen into a well lit and cozy space with this 30 minute DIY cabinet lighting project!
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- (4) Utilitech Under cabinet Lighting LED Motion Bar (we purchased ours in-store at Lowe’s but this option from Amazon is nearly identical, and cheaper!)
- Flexible LED Strip Lights and Power Supply
- Drill and 3/8 drill bit (we used this one here)
How To Install Under Cabinet Lighting:
Step 1: Create a clean work space
Clear out all of the cabinets and counter tops to make room for the installation. We plugged all of our cords into the electrical outlet in the cabinet located over the microwave. That way all of the cords remained hidden behind those cabinet doors.
Step 2: Drill Holes
Using a drill and a 3/8″ drill bit, drill holes into the side walls and bottom shelves of the cabinets to create a pathway for the cords.
Step 3: Mount Light Bars
Each light is able to power one additional light using a wire jumper cord. This allows you to connect two lights with only one power cord. Using a drill or screwdriver, fasten the light to the bottom of the cabinets. Be sure to space them evenly and place them directly in the center to achieve the best display of light.
Step 4: Hide Cords
Each light comes with (4) nail-on wire straps. These secure the wires to the bottom of the cabinets which keeps them neat, and out of sight. Pull the wire taught, and use your hammer to nail the straps in place.
Step 5: Plug in and Admire!
But we aren’t done yet! If you are going to install under cabinet lighting, why not finish it off with………
How To Add Over Cabinet Lighting
Step 1: Adhere strip lights
Remove the plastic lining from the LED light strip, and adhere the lights along the inside edge of the upper cabinets.
Step 2: Drill holes and string cord
Just as in Step 2 of the under cabinet section, use a drill to cut holes in the top of the cabinets and route the power cord through to the outlet.
Step 3: Connect Power Cord and Admire!
This simple DIY cabinet lighting solution makes ALL the difference in this space! And a project that takes 30 minutes or less is MY kind of project! I am a big fan of leaving lamps and accent lighting on throughout my home. It creates a warm and cozy feel, and these cabinet lights are perfect for that! No more fumbling around in the dark searching for a light switch!
Before and after!
So, what do you think? Would you install this easy 30 minute DIY cabinet lighting project?