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How to Install Lights Under Shelving

Host Fuad Reveiz shows how to add fluorescent lights under shelving in a garage closet.

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Step 1: Measure and Mark the Area

Measure the area where the lights will be installed, and mark the edge. Using a speed square, continue the line under the shelf. Mark a line along the length of the shelf at the bottom so all of the lights will line up.

measure and mark area for lights to be installed

Step 2: Drill the Holes

Drill holes for the electrical cords using a paddle bit.

Step 3: Install the Lights

Attach the first light to the bottom of the shelf, and continue installing the remainder of lights.

install the lights

Step 4: Attach the Transformer

Feed the cord up through the hole made earlier, and attach the small transformer to the underside of the shelf. Connect the individual lights to the cord.

attach small transformer to underside of shelf

Step 5: Organize the Wires

Organize the wires under the shelf using wire staples.

organize wires under shelf using wire staples

Step 6: Install the Switch and the Plug

Install the switch and the plug.

Step 7: Cover up any Holes

Spackle up any exposed nail holes, and then paint over it.

Step 8: Add the Trim

Add aluminum trim to the edges of the shelves to give them a finished look.

add aluminum trim to edges of shelves

Step 9: Set the Shelf and Rod Into Place

Attach the door handle to the closet door, and set the closet shelf and rod into place. Install chrome cover plates to all electrical outlets.

install chrome cover plates to electrical outlets