9 – Finalize the outlet/dimmer switch
After you have attached the outlet and dimmer, make sure that all of the wires are secure and then put on the new face plate, using the screws that should have come with it. These screws should align neatly with the predrilled holes in the electric box.
You are almost there.
10 – Wiring the fixture
Wiring the fixture is much simpler than wiring the outlet and the dimmer and by now, you should be feeling pretty comfortable with connecting wires. On the fixture you should see wires jutting out that look familiar in black, white, and copper. I’m sure by now you can guess this next step which is to connect the wires in the fixture to the wires that are coming from the cable you installed.
First, be sure to put the socket strip (that holds the light bulbs) back into place on the fixture. Then make sure to remove the outer coating of the cable just as you did when you ran it through the electrical box. Once the coating is removed with the wire strippers, you want to strip off the coating on the ends of each wire to expose the bare wire threads within. Now connect the coordinating wires together—black to black, white to white, and copper to green. Again, make sure that you wrap the wires around each other before putting on the connector. If the wires are not connected properly, your light fixture will not work.
11 – Wrap up
When you are confident that the wires are properly connected, add the light bulbs. Now attach the light fixture’s cover and then turn your kitchen’s power back on by re-flipping the circuit lever.
You are ready to test your work. Turn on the light and stand back in awe.
Congratulations! You have installed your own under counter lighting!
If your light does not turn on, it means that something is not connecting right and you need to go back and check your work. Make sure that you turn the kitchen’s power off!
Start with the light fixture. Before you start taking things apart, test the light bulb on something else to make sure that it isn’t faulty. Then work your way slowly backwards verifying that the right colored wires are attached to one another. If the wires look good, check each connection to make sure that the wires are joined together. Sometimes, if you are in a hurry to get the project finished, it is easy to overlook this step and you may have forgotten to expose the wire inside the coating. The coating is there to protect the wire but will not work as a conductor for electricity so you need to make sure that the coating is removed before connecting the wire together.
After checking each wire connection and making sure that the wires are wrapped around each other, replace the cover and check to see if the outlet is at fault. Sometimes it is possible to buy a faulty outlet and this is easy to check with a voltage checker. If there is no reading, I would replace the outlet and that should solve your problem.
Have you installed under cabinet lighting before?
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