How to install LED Strip Lighting on your Kitchen Cabinets

What we mean by this is that a kitchen with inadequate
lighting can be a hassle. Kitchens rely on high quality lighting to help
assist concentration intensive tasks, such as food preparation.
Sometimes a single light source is unable to provide the necessary
illumination required for surface top work underneath kitchen cabinets.
You might not be able to see whether your chicken is cooked fully or how
much seasoning you have put on your food. Food preparation requires an
attention to detail that demands another layer of light in your kitchen to shed some light on the situation.

These
Lights are the best choice for upgrading your kitchen lighting. Their
flexible design enables users to install them in tight, enclosed spaces,
while their linear design makes them perfect for trailing along
straight edges. They are also very energy efficient. A single meter of
strip will use anything as little as 7.4 watts, which is very impressive
for effects lighting.

By installing strips onto the underside of a
kitchen cabinet you will create a splash of concentrated illumination
that is ideal for working by. They will immediately remove any shadow
from work surfaces and allow you to see clearly what you are doing at
all times. This is especially important when you are dealing with raw
foods and sharp utensils.

Installation is very straightforward,
but before you even buy your LED strips it is worth looking around the
kitchen walls and identifying all of the available electrical outlets.
The installation should always begin from your outlets as ultimately
they have to be able to reach a power source. If you have a single
outlet then you will have to work from here. If you have multiple
outlets then you should choose the one closest to where you want to
install your lighting. Ideally you will want to use the socket farthest
to the left or right of your cabinets.

You should always bear in
mind that the power cable connecting the strip light to the wall socket,
including the transformer and CAT lead, is approximately two meters in
length. If you plan on installing your lights over two metres from a
socket then you will need an extension lead. If you already have your
lights at this point then simply line the power cable up to see if it
will reach. If not you should be able to make a decent estimate using a
tape measure.

Before buying any strip lights it is a good idea to
take measurements. All light can be ordered to bespoke lengths, so
measure the horizontal edge of your kitchen cabinets and provide this
measurement to the retailer who will be able to cut and solder your
strip lights to the exact length you require. This will mean you are
paying no more than you actually have to.

It is worth remembering that the width of an LED strip is about a centimetre. This means they can fit into very tight crevices.

In
the past it was necessary to use special mounts to secure strip lights
in place. However, most strip lights are now available with a 3M
adhesive backing, so can be stuck straight down onto a surface. It is a
good idea to give the surface a quick clean beforehand to ensure there
is no dirt interfering with the adhesive. When you stick your strip
light down take your time and ensure that it lines up perfectly with the
horizontal edge of your cabinets.

Plugging up to the power
couldn’t be easier. LED Strip Lights use a 12 V transformer similar to
those on lap top chargers that steps the mains voltage down from 240 V.
All you have to do is plug in the Cat cable and link the trailing wires
up to the
LED Strip Light itself. Plug the power cable into the outlet
and you’re ready to go.

This entire process shouldn’t take more
than half an hour, depending on how much lighting you are installing and
how complex the task. In this tutorial we have only described the
installation of a single straight strip of LED Lighting on a flat
surface. If you intend on creating larger light setupsPsychology Articles, using RGB LED or
trailing your strip lights around corners then do seek professional
advice.

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