how to wire undercabinet lights
This is my situation: New remodel. Tile counters & backspash. New cabinets. Upper cabinets go all the way to the ceiling.I want undercabinet lighting (not halogen) for two areas- each has two cabinets side by side. I want to be able to turn each light on & off with a switch on the light fixture itself. Big point here: I do not want to have plug cords running to an outlet. I don't want to see the wires or plugs. Can I hardwire the fixtures by running the wire up into the cabinet and then out the back of the cabinet all the way to the breaker box? Is it code to have a wire running from inside a cabinet? Now, given my wants, what fixture (I'm leaning towards fluorescent) do I buy? What manufacturer or what do I look for? Are there hardwired fluorescent that have an on off switch right on the fixture? Do I need a separate wire for each fixture or can two be linked together and still be switched on separately? I also think I need electronic blasts because I want them to come on instantly & not have to hold down the switch while the light flickers. I know I'm asking alot, but I'm doing the remodel by myself (electrician will help)but I need to know where to cut the existing wallboard for the wiring.I'm planning to take off the bottom 3 feet of drywall to facilitate wiring sinc the present wall has no plugs at all. Thanks to anyone who can help.