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So I have undercabinet lights for my kitchen. They are 120v led in a plastic case and no place to put in a romex, just a 120v cord. I'd like to hardwire these in so I don't Have an ugly wire hanging down, plugged in.

I thought about running the extension cord through the wall and hardwiring into the nearby receptacle box but that has got to be against code. Then I thought about running romex through the wall and using wire nuts to connect the two, but I imagine then I'd need a box under the cabinet. Any ideas?

  • Can you post a picture to see what kind of space you are dealing with? – norcal johnny Sep 20 '16 at 23:25
  • homedepot.com/catalog/pdfImages/5a/… I can't show the space right now but it is a typical cabinet with a typical outlet 8 inches below it. – Jeff Sep 20 '16 at 23:31
  • If they don't have a knockout for hardwire, I'd return them for ones that can. However, they can be linked so you really only need 1 that plugs in which case you may be able to make that one a bit less conspicuous. – topshot Sep 21 '16 at 2:33
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You're correct that running an extension cord through the wall would be against code. Some undercabinet lights are convertible between hardwired and plug-in use, but it doesn't look like yours are. The best options would be to replace them with units designed to be hardwired. Otherwise, you'll have to keep the plugs, but you can take some simple steps to hide the cord such as:

  • Attach the cord to your cabinets using surface-mount raceway so it does not hang down.
  • Reposition the lights so there's less slack in the cords.
  • If it helps reduce cord clutter, interlink multiple lights rather than plugging them into separate switched receptacles.
  • Move the electrical outlet they're plugged into to a spot where the wiring will be hidden (perhaps including placing it inside a cabinet).

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