Under Cabinet light positioning

boone_2009July 19, 2013

We are installing linear fluorescent u/c lights and from what I've read and researched, the lights need to be placed beneath the front end of the cabinet, facing the backsplash wall (cabinet light rail will cover the fixture).
However, our electrician says he always installs them at the back of the cabinet.
Feedback, please?

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The traditional method is to install at the rear as
1. The wiring and holes are better hidden.
2. Conventional perception that more light output towards the front is desirable.

You should try both locations and see which works better.

    Bookmark   July 22, 2013 at 12:40AM
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Thank you so much, Davidtay. Makes sense.
The reason I read for installing in front such that the light faces the back was that it would be more evenly distributed over both the backsplash and the countertop, plus glare would be reduced. But I guess with light rails beneath cabinets, glare would not be a problem.
I'll try both, as you suggested.

    Bookmark   July 22, 2013 at 2:38AM
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It is not strange or uncommon to install in the front, although many contractors seem to install in back by default. We installed ours in the front and the light spread much better than when installing in the back.

    Bookmark   July 23, 2013 at 12:12PM
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That's good to know, calumin. Thank you!

    Bookmark   July 23, 2013 at 2:01PM
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Don't mean to hijack this thread, but if we mount LED fixtures at the front of the cabs (current xenon fixtures are mounted at the back) how do you deal with the wires, or "plugs" that are exposed under the cabs? DH is concerned it would be a safety hazard to have exposed cords in the kitchen?

    Bookmark   August 1, 2013 at 8:20AM
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