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  1. #1
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    Default Looking for tips on moving undercabinet lighting

    Hi gurus,

    I have old fluorescent under-cabinet lighting that I'd like to upgrade. The existing lighting is under the cabinet against the wall. I'd like to move the new LED lights 10" forward to the front of the cabinet so there's more light on the counter top.

    The problem: There's only 4" of NM hanging out of the wall.

    I was thinking of putting an electrical box where the old light is (against the wall under the cabinet) and running another piece of NM to the light. Unfortunately, that's going to leave me with an ugly box under the cabinet (though it seems pretty easy).

    So:
    - Are there decorative boxes that I can leverage ?
    - Any other tips ? All the examples I find assume I'm redoing the kitchen and have the luxury of working in the wall.

    Thanks,

    Ward

    PS - tried to upload a photo, but TOH didn't like any of the files that I tried

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    Default Re: Looking for tips on moving undercabinet lighting

    Install a cut-in box (aka remodel box ) at the point the wire exits the wall. Install a standard outlet and simply plug in your LED system.
    I suffer from CDO ... Its like OCD, but in alphabetical order, LIKE IT SHOULD BE!!!

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    Default Re: Looking for tips on moving undercabinet lighting

    Hi A. Spruce,

    Thanks for the quick reply !

    Unfortunately, the NM comes through the wall and through the back of the cabinet and then into the back of the light. I could do what you suggest, but I'd have to cut through the cabinet, the wall, and the backsplash. If there was no back splash and the wire didn't go throught he cabinet, that would be clean.

    Ward

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    Default Re: Looking for tips on moving undercabinet lighting

    You might look into a wiremold box from Home Depot.
    Good Luck from Columbiana, Alabama
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    Default Re: Looking for tips on moving undercabinet lighting

    Hi Semi-Retired,

    Thanks for the pointer to Wiremold - those boxes look a lot cleaner than your standard box !

    Ward

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    Default Re: Looking for tips on moving undercabinet lighting

    Quote Originally Posted by weldred View Post
    Hi Semi-Retired,

    Thanks for the pointer to Wiremold - those boxes look a lot cleaner than your standard box !

    Ward
    You're welcome, let us know how it turns out
    Good Luck from Columbiana, Alabama
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    Default Re: Looking for tips on moving undercabinet lighting

    I'm not sure if it's code-compliant due to the enclosure volume minimums, but look into using a "pancake box" with a blanking cover. These are thin enough to hide under the cabinet apron and with everything enclosed it should be safe. I've done a few like this before and the only issue is attaining a secure mounting. I bolt them through the cabinet bottom with a flared-head machine screw (like a wood screw head) so they don't protrude into the cabinet inside.

    Phil

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    Default Re: Looking for tips on moving undercabinet lighting

    i thought of the pancake box too but you can't put a wire into the side of it and out the other side. the only in and out is through the top.
    Last edited by MLB Construction; 01-04-2014 at 11:36 PM.

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    Default Re: Looking for tips on moving undercabinet lighting

    In my fair city ALL exposed wiring over 12 volts must be metal clad.

    Your mileage may vary

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    Default Re: Looking for tips on moving undercabinet lighting

    Since the OP mentioned "NM" I assume he's talking about 120V wiring.

    But LED's operate on 12V or less and in many cases can be treated as current limited wiring, except as the Houston Remodeler pointed out. The wiring out of the "transformer" or driver is usually around 12V. Which would require MC cable, metal conduit (EMT etc) or wiremold, if done in Houston.

    1/2" "pancake" boxes as was mentioned lack the volume to receive power and feed a downstream 120V circuit. And again, can't receive connectors anywhere except the back.
    Good Luck from Columbiana, Alabama
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