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Under Cabinet light positioning

Posted by boone_2009 (My Page) on
Fri, Jul 19, 13 at 17:19

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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RE: Under Cabinet light positioning

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.

RE: Under Cabinet light positioning

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.

RE: Under Cabinet light positioning

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.

RE: Under Cabinet light positioning

That's good to know, calumin. Thank you!

RE: Under Cabinet light positioning

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?

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