My wall has these three wires poking out of the wall right under the cabinets. Looks like ground, hot, and neutral to me.
I would like to put in new under-cabinet lighting. I noticed that hardwired lighting is on average three times more expensive than plug-in lighting. However, both types of fixtures look the same to me. So I'd rather go for the cheaper plug-in lighting.
While studying the plug-in lighting, I only see that they have two wires. Take a look at this LED strip light, for example. It has one red and one black wire.
Another example is this bar light. It comes with a two pronged plug. So I'm assuming that when I strip the plug, I'll see two wires inside.
I know almost nothing about electrical, but I already see a problem. 2 and 3 do not mix. It seems like the light fixtures only have hot and neutral, but no ground wire. Am I allowed to just hook up the hot and neutral and leave the ground unpaired? Will my light explode in some thunder storm without grounding?