You guys, I have the most fantastic DIY project ever for you today – under cabinet lighting in just 5 minutes!
And no, I promise it’s not too good to be true.
Before I get to the (ridiculously simple) tutorial, let me remind you that this is month #3 of our At Home DIY blog hop!
I am participating with an amazing group of bloggers to bring you a different DIY project every month. The theme this month was DIY Home Improvement. So, if you click on the link at the end of this post, you will be able to check out the other 30(ish) projects that were completed this month. You could practically redo your whole house!
Anyway, on to the lighting…
I have wanted to do under cabinet lighting in my kitchen for quite awhile now. I just haven’t ever made it a priority. But when thinking about what I could do for my home improvement project this month, my mind wandered to under cabinet lighting.
The spring is a crazy busy time for us, so I didn’t want anything that was too involved. Therefore, I decided to call in the experts – ie, my dad.
I asked him if there was any type of lighting that was battery operated that I could just simply screw in under the cabinets. I didn’t want the cost, or the hassle, of having to mess with running electricity to it all.
After sending him the measurements of my cabinets, he came up with an option on Amazon that he felt would work well for what I wanted.
And let me tell you – it did not disappoint!
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The lights that I ended up purchasing were OxyLED USB Rechargeable 36 LEDs Motion Sensor Night Light.
When I purchased them, they came in a pack of three. I don’t believe they are selling them like that any more because all I could find (and what I have linked above) were individual lights.
Each strip has a rechargeable battery (as well as the charging cord), a motion sensor setting (as well as on and off), and it can mount two ways – with screws or an adhesive strip.
Each light strip is 19 inches long, and the shortest cabinet space I have in my kitchen is 21 inches long. So, these were absolutely perfect. Since I have a fairly long stretch of cabinet space on one side of my kitchen, I ordered two sets of three, which gave me six strips of light.
This is what came with each set. Three strips of light, three charging cables, and three sets of screws for mounting.
On the underside of each light is a magnetic strip. This allows you to pull the light down from the mounting whenever it needs to be recharged.
The light will start to dim when it needs to be recharged. So, just simply pull the light strip down and plug it in. It recharges within a couple of hours and is good to go.
In the above pictures, you can see the openings for the screws if you choose to mount that way.
But here is where the magic lies –
On the other side of the magnet is an adhesive strip. So, if you want the simplest mounting ever, just peel and stick. And that, folks, is exactly what I did.
It literally only took me a few minutes, and voila. Now I have under cabinet lighting.
I figure, if the adhesive ever gives way, then I have the option of securing them with screws. They have been in place for a few weeks now, though, and I haven’t had a single issue with them.
We generally have them set to the motion sensor setting, which is great at night and early in the morning. I don’t have to worry about fumbling with light switches in the dark, or if my hands are full. I simply have to walk into the kitchen, and the lights start popping on.
Also, the sensors won’t trigger in broad daylight, which helps conserve the battery life.
I think this has been one of my favorite DIY projects ever, and I do believe it tops the list as the easiest.
What do you think?
And don’t forget to click below for all of the other home improvement projects from this month’s challenge.