The easiest way to light kitchen counter space is to install low-voltage halogen lights under the wall cabinets. Halogens also help create a dramatic display area inside glass-fronted cabinets.
The most common type of halogen is called a puck light because of its shape, but other shapes are available. Buy a kit that includes lights, cord, a transformer, and a cord switch.
Halogens get very hot. Locate them out of children's reach or where they aren't accidentally touched. In areas where heat can build up -- such as inside a cabinet -- install bulbs of lower wattage.
Plan the locations of the lights and the plug-in unit and work out the least conspicuous route for the cord. Staple the cord under a cabinet or shelf, or drill small holes and run the cord inside the cabinet and out of sight.
To control halogens from a wall switch, install a switch/receptacle.
About 2 hours to install five or six halogens with transformer and switch
Screwdriver, drill, strippers, long-nose pliers, hammer
Drilling holes, driving screws
Spread a towel or small drop cloth on the surface below.
Halogen light kit, including lights, a plug-in unit, transformer, cord, and switch