Too late too add under cabinet lighting? Help!

CKGMMarch 18, 2012

So there was a major miscommunication with our GC and the wiring for the under cabinet lighting was never installed. He claims I said I didn't want it? Hmmmm... Not in writing so he wins. So is too late to add? Cabinets are hung and granite countertop due to go in this week. Thanks for any advice you can give.

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David

The main option available now is to use 120V AC lighting and fish wire. There are videos on the internet on retrofitting direct wire UCL.

    Bookmark   March 18, 2012 at 1:24AM
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CKGM

Thanks for the quick response. Is this expensive and difficult to do?

    Bookmark   March 18, 2012 at 10:23AM
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David

It is not difficult. Electricians do it all the time.

    Bookmark   March 18, 2012 at 10:41AM
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CKGM

Thanks- my GC is saying that since the cabinets are installed adding under cab lighting will now be very difficult and costly. Knowing nothing about this topic makes it hard to have a discussion about it:(

    Bookmark   March 18, 2012 at 11:45AM
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David

Besides fishing wire, there are a number of other things to consider such as
1. Location of the switch(es) - new switch boxes?
2. Physical structure of the cabinet bottoms - frameless european style without intervening styles or not.
3. Type of lights - Kichler vs eW Profile vs ? T4/ T5 fluorescent

I've included a link with a number of details

Here is a link that might be useful: UCL continuation

    Bookmark   March 19, 2012 at 12:07AM
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