Cabinet lighting-both under and over accent-create a fresh and crisp look for any kitchen or bathroom cabinetry looking for a good face lift. Unfortunately, not all of us can afford the expensive luxury of under-cabinet lighting professionally installed. However, for those of use with a little DIY spirit and a few basic tools, installing cabinet accent lighting using rope lighting can be a money saving and fun home improvement project.
Installing cabinet accent lighting using rope lighting can be a little tricky because it’s not as easy as just plugging in and attaching the rope lighting with a few staples. That’s not going to look professional. Buy an entire set of rope lighting in the roll. It will cost a bit more, but this pre-rolled rope wire can be connected using a series of simple hidden plugs and a little bit of ingenious hardwiring.
Buying a quality rope lighting set isn’t as cheap as buying the holiday light sets, in fact, it will be well over $100 for a roll and a few plugs and end caps. This rope lighting kit example can help you get a general idea of the items you’ll need to begin installing cabinet accent lighting using rope lighting.
Installing cabinet accent lighting using rope lighting can be a bit light attaching arms to an octopus. The main plug has several rope light arms that can be branched off of the circuit to enable multiple directional cabinet accent lighting.
Through out the staples and hooks. Specialized plastic or metal clips can be purchased from most rope lighting manufactures and if you don’t use them, you not only risk having the rope lighting project turn out to look unprofessional, it can also void your warranty.
After you hard wire the main plug in a discreet location, rope lighting can be simply plugged in with the provided plugs. Rope lighting is cut to length and a provided end cap is set in place, ending that section of rope lighting.
Sometimes sections of rope lighting might need to be exposed, but you don’t want the light to be seen. This can be fixed by using blank rope lighting section (bulb less rope lighting that still carries a current) or cover the rope lighting with electrical tape of the color of your choosing.