Under-Cabinet Lighting Choices
When it comes to under-cabinet lighting, there are lots of options out there these days. DIY Network home repair expert James Young discusses some you might want to consider.
Rope lighting is flexible and comes in a selection of colors. Held in place by small insulated clips, it plugs into an ordinary electrical outlet; you can also get cord covers that can be painted to match your decor and thus camouflage the cords.
Fluorescent lighting comes in a variety of shapes and sizes and can be easily installed under cabinets.
Halogen lights can be plugged into an outlet or hard-wired into a transformer.
Tip: When trying to decide how far apart to mount the small halogen lights, this rule of thumb is a good one to follow: Measure the distance between the bottom of the cabinet and the countertop, then mount the lights the same number of inches from each other.
Xenon lights work well in damp locations such as kitchens and bathrooms; they give off little heat and run at a low voltage off a transformer.
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Plumbing and Cleaning Tips
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Bright Idea: Home Lighting
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Tips on Installing a Sprinkler System
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Tips on Choosing a Shop Heater
Need a heater in the workshop? Use this expert advice to choose the right one for your space.
Spark Some Romance in Any Room With a Chandelier
Looking for a light fixture that makes a statement and creates a mood? Consider a chandelier for any and every room of your home.
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