We're in a new house and the builder did not offer undercabinet
lighting. I had the electrician run an extra circuit to the backsplash,
wired to a switch, so I could use this later and put my own undercab
The outlet is dead center on the wall above the cooktop, not an optimal
location and I don't want the undercab lights to just plug into the
outlet. My options are move the outlet down the wall and inside a base
cabinet (romex isn't long enough to do this) or leave the outlet where
it is. I'm thinking of removing the gfci from the line and just using
wire nuts to make the connection inside the box between the switch and
the undercab lights. Then finish it off with a flush stainless steel
cover plate. But doing this would remove the gfci protection on the
lights. Is this a big deal? I haven't found any in-line gfci modules I
could use or anything along those lines.
I'd really like to relocate the outlet so it's one less wall plate on
the backsplash but that would mean running all new romex between the
switch and box and route through the basement. Not impossible but a
pain. Even if I leave the box where it is and splice another 4' of
romex so I can relocate the box inside the base cabinets, I'd still
need to leave the wall plate to access the connection. So if the wall
plate is staying I'd rather just wire nut the line from the switch to
the lights and be done with it. Thoughts?
Thanks in advance!