Placement of the Wiring
As a general rule of thumb, avoid mounting or hiding the wires in the same direction as the drawers.
Ideally, you would want the lights to be drawing power from an outlet that doesn’t need to be opened 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. If you go with the latter option, you will need a third outlet to plug in the extension cord.
If your under-kitchen cabinet 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 lightwires.
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.
It doesn’t have to be a neat finish, just enough to cover the wires so that they aren’t visible.
Alternatively, you can also place a trim piece at every inter-support angle with the wire tucked home at each intersection.
Inside the Cabinetry
Is your kitchen countertop obstructed by the cables and wires of under cabinet lighting?
If you have recently installed LED under cabinet lighting and you are tired of looking at the cables and wires, you might want to minimize their appearance. You also don’t want to hide them inside the cabinet, because it can get quite bulky.
To solve this, install the wires by running the cables through the tubing first. This will help you to hide the tubing on the outside of the cabinet. This also protects the wires from external damage.
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 cook top 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, 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?