Under Cabinet Lights

7 Dec 2023
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United Kingdom
Hi all,

I’m refurbing my kitchen and currently at the stage of an empty room with holes all over the walls I thought this would be a good opportunity to get my electrics all sorted before the units go in.

Anyway, I want to add under cabinet LED that ideally will be powered from a switch, further ideally from a 3 gang light switch. The other two will power the both ceiling rose/down lights in the same room.

My question, is it possible to simply wire said cabinet lights directly into the switch or will I need to add a fuse somewhere.

For reference, I currently have a 2 gang which powers those two lights I mentioned but I want to swap that for a 3 gang and wire in the cabinet lights.
Thank you
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Yes it can be done. You need to consider what you will use, and how they will be controlled. I in the main walk into kitchen to make coffee, or to leave house, either way it does not need much lighting, however my wife will cook, and want more lighting, and the problem is she is often in the middle of what she is doing before she realises she needs more light, so hands covered in flour etc.

Cure easy, smart lights, but as to if smart switch, or smart lamp, that is hard to decide, if you want colour changing then smart lamp, simple on/off smart switch, but the big problem is many smart strip lights are designed to plug into a 13 amp socket, and the transformer is built into the plug, having sockets above the wall cupboards connected to the light switch is one option, placed where unlikely to be used for other items.

There is no right and wrong way, we use Google Nest Mini's to turn lights on/off with voice commands, there are other options, you need to think about it and decide what will work for you.

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