We're in the process of renovating our kitchen, and my lady is really interested in under-cabinet lighting. The best place to keep the wires to the lighting hidden (as she does not want battery powered) is by connecting it to the electrical above the range hood (a solution I've heard is viable since under-cabinet lights have relatively low AMP requirements. However, the electrical above the range hood is hardwired only.

So, here's my question:

Is it possible/safe to pigtail the range hood into a connection that then wires a GFCI outlet? Or would it be better to install a GCFI outlet, then find a kit to turn the hardwired range hood into a plugin? I've heard not every range hood can appropriate a plugin kit...

To add a complication to this, it is a surface box and doesn't actually regress into the wall like most electrical.

Thanks in advance for any advice!

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    Have you considered GFCI breakers rather than trying to worry about an outlet, etc? – JPhi1618 May 28 at 18:32
  • What make and model is your range hood? Also, how is power brought to the range hood? Does it go to the switch for the hood first, or to the hood with the switch on a switch loop? Can you post photos of the boxes involved? – ThreePhaseEel May 28 at 22:41
  • In your renovation, Is this a total, down to bare stud ,renovation ?..Or just new cabinets .and paint..pics of walls may help – user101687 May 29 at 2:47

I would tap the range hood conductors at its junction box, absolutely not worried with under cabinet amperage with this kind of circuit. I would install a box to connect the lights and possible power supply (no GFCI is required for lights and if below 15v it could be in a pool without GFCI if memory serves), the one thing to make sure of is the power supply is UL listed and that it can be enclosed. If you want it switched you can put a normal switch on the supply in a double gang box with 1 position having a blanked opening or solid and the other having the type you want Decora or standard toggle. That’s how I would do it and comply with code lights don’t need GFCI and low voltage is even easier / safer.

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