Installing under counter lights can create a new focal element within any kitchen. It can make a kitchen appear bigger, and can also give a room that modern feel. In this article we will be looking at some tips and techniques for fitting under counter lights, and some of the ways in which you can get help in this fairly complex and dangerous electrical task.
Before you begin working with electrics, it is important to take some obvious, but crucial safety measures. The first thing to do before you even consider starting is to turn the electricity supply off. This will stop any electricity from flowing through the house and help prevent shock.
Next, make sure you wear rubber soled shoes and gloves which will help to protect you from permanent harm or even death should you receive a shock. Finally, make sure your hands are clean and dry, and that no one else is in the potential danger zone.
Only after all these measures are in place can you begin installing under counter lights. Although it might sound stupid, it is important to rigorously uphold these basic safety standards, and to avoid complacency at all costs.
Why hire a professional?
Many keen DIY enthusiasts simply refuse to handle electrical and wiring work by themselves, and this is understandable. Although this might be an extreme approach to take, it is by no mean irrational, and electricity can be very dangerous if you do not know what you are doing. If you feel at all unsure, you should contact a professional to help you with the project. Do not take any risks for yourself, unless you are confident in your abilities when installing under counter lights.
When it comes to actually installing under counter lights, you should firstly buy the lighting kit. This can be bought from any reputable DIY store, and should also come with installation instructions which may be helpful. Read these instructions thoroughly! They will help you with your specific make and model, which may have slightly different wiring procedures than some other models.
Next, plan your wiring system, and cut the necessary holes for your wiring to run through. Remember that you do not want the wires to be visible, nor do want to see big gaping holes in your counter. It is wise to balance both these considerations. Finally, after running your wiring through, screwing in your lights, and tidying up and left over materials, it is time to turn your lights on for the first time and admire your handy work.
When it comes down to it, a lot of installing under counter lights comes down to the instructions that come with your lighting set. It is not always the same, and so you should carefully read the instructions to find out what you have to do.
The basic idea is the same, although each model may differ. It is important to reiterate that under no circumstances should you attempt installing under counter lights unless you are sure of your abilities.
For safety reasons, you should be sure that you know what you are doing, to avoid any potential problems. Additionally, planning is always useful. If you know where you are going it will be easier to get there, and that is true for installing under counter lights, and for many other DIY projects.