How to Install Flexible LED Strips on the Interior of a Glass Faced Cabinet

Under cabinet lighting is not your only option when it comes to add LEDs to your kitchen. Glass cabinet lighting provides great accent lighting to make your cabinets pop and make your china and glassware glow. We have found the easiest way install glass cabinet lighting is an an upside down “U” position, toward the front of your cabinets. This ensures that you will get an even distribution of lighting throughout the cabinet and theLED light strips stay hidden when the glass cabinet doors are closed.

Installing Flexible Strips in Glass Cabinet Lighting

Items you will need to complete this project:
Drill and drill bit
Screw driver
Normal Bright Flexible Strip
Cable (or power supply depending on system set up)

Step 1: Prep

  • Remove the shelving, and the cabinet door(s).
  • Make sure the inside of the cabinet is wiped down and cleaned to ensure the adhesive will stick to the inside of the cabinet.

Step 2: Drill a hole

  • This will be in the location that works best for your set up.  Typically the front on either the left or the right bottom corner will work to connect to an existing under cabinet lighting system, or any new system.
  • On the other hand if you are connecting to a run of lights above the cabinets you may have a mid-connector at the middle of the strip, with which you would drill a hole in the top center of the cabinet.

Step 3: Install the Flexible LED Strip

  • Inspired LED recommends installing in an upside-down “U” shape- Along the left side, across the top, and down the right side of your cabinet.
  • Start at one side on the cabinet to apply the flexible strip. You may want to draw a line along the inside of the cabinet for guidance. Work your way around the front perimeter of the cabinet, keeping it as close to the front as possible to avoid interference with shelving or door hinges.
  • Continue around the cabinet, peeling the adhesive as you go.
  • When approaching a corner don’t be afraid to bend the flexible strip. Just be conscious of the resistors and diodes (silver dots) which are fragile.

Step 4: Finishing touches

  • Note that everything is in place, then plug in the lights to ensure they are working properly.
  • Then, simply re-attach the door to the cabinet.
  • The LEDs should be hidden by the frame of the front glass cabinet, giving the cabinet beautiful accent lighting!Installing Flexible Strips for Glass Cabinet Lighting

Lighting the cabinet with a single flexible strip allows for even distribution of light across the entire cabinet. This is unlike puck lights which can create a “spotlight” effect inside a cabinet, only providing light for the upper shelf. This installation is preferential if your shelves are wood or glass!

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