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

rope lighting is flexible and comes in colors

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Lucie Rowe

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

fluorescent lighting installs easily under cabinet

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Lucie Rowe

Fluorescent lighting comes in a variety of shapes and sizes and can be easily installed under cabinets.

Halogen Lights

halogen lights can be plugged in or wired in

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Lucie Rowe

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

xenon lights work well in damp locations

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Lucie Rowe

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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