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happytrails

05:46PM | 06/28/03
Member Since: 05/15/03
26 lifetime posts
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I will be gutting my kitchen in the next few days for a total remodel. Any tips on how the appliances should be wired and how many outlets should be on the walls. Also, as for lighting... I would like under cabinet lighting, a light in the cabinet that has glass doors, and I would like recessed lighting in the ceiling. I had read previously that some people had issues with some of the under cabinet lighting getting hot. I believe that they had concerns if you left it on all day, which is possible in my house since my kids are sometimes forgetful. The under cabinet lighting is for task lighting. Also, how many and how far apart? Any recommendations as to what to stay away from? Thanks so much.

hoganem

05:30AM | 07/09/03
Member Since: 02/13/03
90 lifetime posts
I know of a few friends who had outlets placed in the back bottom of wall cabinets, connected to a switch on the wall and they plugged rope lights into them. Controlled by the switch.

Put outlets any where you think you might need one, better to have too many than not enough. Distribute the load on the branch circuit and the circuits must all be on 20 amp breakers and outlets within 6 feet of sink or water need GFCI if I recall.

happytrails

04:53PM | 07/09/03
Member Since: 05/15/03
26 lifetime posts
Thanks for the idea about the rope lights. I would never have considered putting outlets inside of the cabinets. You're right about having too many outlets; you never have enough.

MrElectricOly

09:10PM | 07/12/03
Member Since: 05/11/03
64 lifetime posts
There are very specific requirements in the National Electrical Code (NEC) about where outlets are required, and how they have to be wired. If you are "gutting" the kitchen most jurisdictions will require you to bring the wiring up to the current code. This sounds like a job for a professional (licensed electrician) or at least hire one to consult with you so you know how to do the job properly. Almost all states also require the wiring to be inspected before you cover it up. This is to important to be left to chance!

PS: I prefer fluorescent undercounter lights for the reasons you brought up, and they are cheaper to run and maintain!
Jim Simmons - Mr. Electric

happytrails

05:21PM | 07/13/03
Member Since: 05/15/03
26 lifetime posts
We aren't doing the electrical; our contractor will do it. He installed circuit breakers for us a few years ago. Plus, we only had something like 50 amps comings into the house and we had that upgraded too. Any suggestions as to where to get the flourescents for under the counter? I want the ones that will be hard wired so I can flip a switch as opposed to having to plug them in and switching each one on and off individually. Decisions, decisions!
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