Home / Style Guide / Learn About Cabinet / Accent Lighting / Cabinet / Accent Lighting Guide / Types of Installations Types of Installations Direct wire system installations Direct wire light fixtures are self contained. All of the elements needed to operate the light are contained within. They require a separate 120V power feed for each unit and have minimal placement flexibility because of that hard-wired connection to power. In order to ensure that they will be positioned in the correct place, the electrician will need to know where each unit is planned prior to the installation of the cabinetry. During cabinet hanging, the installer will bring the electric through the cabinet’s back lip.Direct Wire System Pros Systems are less expensive. If using a single fixture, they are easier to install. This is the under-cabinet system most familiar to an electrician/installer. Direct Wire System Cons Mounts along the back edge of the cabinet’s underside, placing more light on the back wall and less light on the front of the counter, where it is most needed. If front mounted is desired, most electric codes require the use of conduit or sheathed flexible cable, both of which have a somewhat undesirable appearance, or a bulky size, if routed inside a cabinet. Linking a continuous string of direct wire light fixtures requires the side knockout on each fixture be snapped out. This creates the need for a raceway hole protector of sorts to be added before running wire from fixture to fixture. If desire is not communicated to the electrician, wires will be installed as they see fit. Be certain light location is carefully discussed with the electrician prior to the start of the job. Tape lighting installations Tape lighting systems might better be called “Architectural Detail Lighting.” The intent of these systems is to add dramatic punch to a room or a space with the use of light. The key here is to hide the light and see the effect. Tape lighting systems are small and compact and designed to hide. Systems should be planned in advance so all of the components are ready and available for installation. Installations can be complicated, because they often involve tight, small spaces. Tape Lighting Systems Pros Provides small, compact light source. Allow for even light over longer runs. Tape Lighting Systems Cons Most are added to small spaces with minimal physical access. Careful planning for best results. Step lighting installations Hallway and step lights provide both form and function. These lights work to create a unique effect in a space, while also adding the element of safety to high-traffic areas. The key here is to create a visually appealing design through the equal spacing of each light. Step and Hall lighting systems are small and compact and designed to blend. Systems should be planned in advance so all of the components are ready and available for installation. Step Lighting Systems Pros LED Provides small, compact light source. Dimmable Step Lighting Systems Cons Must be planned in advance to ensure electrical wiring is in place for the fixture installation Requires space cut from the drywall/step for the fixture Plug-in option installations The permanently installed modular, direct wire, linear and disc/puck systems can be powered with a cord and plug option. This should, however only be used as the last resort. Hiding the wire behind the walls will always result in the cleanest look. A cord dangling down from a cabinet looks unkempt and unplanned.On the contrary, a plug-in option for use on portable furniture is the best idea (for example, the inside of an armoire or cabinet). It is impossible to properly feed 120V wire into furniture. Cord and plug power is safe and viable in these instances. It is important to remember that a Grounded Convenience Outlet (GCO) is needed nearby.Cord and plug accessories are available for most systems.