How to Install Fluorescent Lighting Under Kitchen Cabinets

One of the darkest spots in your kitchen is actually where you most need light.  And that’s right here on the counter top, underneath these wall cabinets.  The cabinets, and sometimes your body, create shadows, making it difficult to see under here.  But there is a way to get light here without spending a lot of money, or a lot of time.  The answer is a thin profile fluorescent light designed specifically to go under cabinets.  They’re easy to install, just a few steps.  These fixtures require that you remove the diffuser and bulb in order to reach the screw mounting hole.  Place the light fixture in the position you want it.  Fixtures like this should go as far forward as possible. 

Next, mark the position of the mounting holes.   (DRILLING) Then, drill a pilot hole and attach the fixture using short, pan-head screws.  Now fixtures like this usually have to be plugged in.  The question is, what do you do with all this cord.  Well by using plastic conduit like this you can conceal it and end up with an installation that’s very clean and professional looking.  Measure each section of conduit and then cut it to length with a utility knife.  To install it, all you have to do is peel off the protective coating from the pressure-sensitive back, and stick it in place.  The electrical cord simply slips into the slot on the side.  With the cord concealed, all that’s left is to reinstall the bulbs and the diffuser.   You know, I can’t think of an easier or less-expensive way to get good work light into you kitchen.  And best of all, it takes up practically no space.