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Old 09-03-2009, 03:05 AM   #1
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Adding Lights to Kitchen Cabinets

We have a rear kitchen in our Mountaineer. Every time we want to get something from the cabinets, you have to turn on the ceiling lights or use a flashlight. I went to Menard's & bought 8 puck lamps. These are the small 2 " lamps that you see mounted under cabinets. Each lamp has a Halogen 12 volt bulb & is rated at 20 watts. They are 12 volt, so you can use them boon docking. I installed 2 lamps per cabinet with separate switch's for each cabinet. For on-off switches, I used the automotive dome lamp switches that turn on your dome lamp when you open the door. These can be purchased at most automotive parts stores. I wired them into the existing 12 volt lamps under the cabinets. I left them all on for about 15 minutes to see if the fuse would hold it.... No problem there. Below are before & after pictures.
Now, my DW is happy!

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Old 09-03-2009, 03:32 AM   #2
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VERY NICE!!!
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Old 09-03-2009, 03:35 AM   #3
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I like it !!
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Old 09-03-2009, 07:21 AM   #4
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Roy, looks great! Where, in the cabinets did you mount them. It looks like on the sides. Jim
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Old 09-03-2009, 07:38 AM   #5
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Good job.
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Old 09-03-2009, 07:40 AM   #6
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Roy, looks great! Where, in the cabinets did you mount them. It looks like on the sides. Jim
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I mounted them on sides out of view. They were mounted high so that more light would shine to the back over items in cabinet & not in your eyes.

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Old 09-03-2009, 08:14 AM   #7
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So, they turn on automatically when you open the cupboard door? That's a nice mod.

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Old 09-03-2009, 08:19 AM   #8
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A dumb question where did you route the wires?
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A dumb question where did you route the wires?
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I routed them along the inside of the cabinets & stapled them out of the way. The bottom shelf's are double with about a inch of clearance between them. I ran the power wires through there to the under cabinet lamps. You can cover the wires with some plastic protective tubing if you wish. Available at most hardware stores. I didn't do that since we are dealing with Low voltage, 12 volts. No danger of shock on this setup. Since the power to them is fused with automotive type fuses, I don't see a problem here.

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Old 09-03-2009, 02:41 PM   #10
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That is really a nice touch. You did good.
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Old 09-03-2009, 04:39 PM   #11
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Very slick!
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Old 09-04-2009, 05:31 PM   #12
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Good job Roy! I do have the same lights in our stick but run off of the house power with a transformer(? I think that is what it is called) reducing the power. The only problem we've found is that the halogen bulbs throw off a lot of heat! Since they are mounted under the cabinets that doesn't make any difference. Ours are on a dimmer set up also so we can dim them to just accent the cupboard top and whatever is on it when we want! I like your idea and wonder if they are made with LEDs also?
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Very nice mod and functional too!!
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