How to Hide Under Cabinet Lighting Wires

Heather Clouse
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Placement of the Wiring

Ideally, you would want the lights to be drawing power from an outlet that you don't need to open to get to the power source. This way, you can simply unplug the power strip and plug it back in once you’re done with the wiring.

If you want to hide the wires inside the cabinet, place them vertically somewhere near the bottom of each drawer.

If you would rather run the wires along the walls of the cabinet, you have two choices. You can place them on the floor or the back of the cabinet, or you can run them through the back of the cabinet to the back and hang them on the wall to create a more seamless look.

Wooden Valances

If your lights are installed in wooden valances, then you can use the wooden trim to hide the wiring. You need to first saw off about 1/2 to 1 inch of the top of the wooden valance to hide the wires. You will then need to remove at least 2 inches off the top of all the wooden valance trim pieces.

Once you have removed the wood from the top, some of the wires may still be visible. If that happens, you will need to see how much of the interior of the wooden valance can be cut away. You can then cut a new piece of wood from the remaining pieces and nail it on top of the existing piece. This should cover the wires completely.

Inside the Cabinetry

If you have recently installed LED under cabinet lighting and you're tired of looking at the cables and wires, you might want to minimize their appearance.

A viable option is to cut into the cabinet and make it possible to hide the wires. Often times under-cabinet lights are installed through the back of the cabinet, which makes it easy to hide the wires. Alternatively, you can cut directly into the wall, cover it with a wooden plank, cut a hole in the plank, and get the wires through. This will hide and protect your wiring, while also keeping the aesthetics of your furniture.

Cable Protectors

If you are going to use surface-mounted under cabinet lights, you don’t need to worry too much about the wires. However, the next time you see how your faucet and cooktop lights are hidden, you’ll certainly be interested.

This is arguably the best way to mount lights under cabinets. Simply put these light protectors under your cabinets, and drill holes for your light wires as needed.

Cable Protectors are easily mountable, easy to hide or conceal cables and wires, and very cost-effective. What’s not to love about them?