I had under-cabinet fluorescent lighting that I want to change to
halogen. I removed one of the fluorescent bulbs and found a hot wire,
a neutral wire, and a ground wire. However, the halogen kit I bought
has a power cord that includes just two wires. How do I safely wire
the halogen kit directly into the existing wiring? do I just cut the
ground wire off at the wall? Does it make any difference which of the
two wires on the halogen power cord I connect to the hot wire of the
You are trying to replace a hardwired fixture with one that was
designed to be plugged in.
While there are safe ways to do this, the actuality is that to do it
properly you will spend more on that then the fixture cost you.
If you are set on having halogen lighting, take the ones you bought
back to where you bought them, and buy under counter lights that are
designed to be hard wired.
FYI: I installed hardwired under counter halogen lights under all my
cabinets a few years ago. While I prefer their light over flourescent -
they do generate a GREAT amount of heat. Enough heat to make guests
uncomfortably warm if I have em all fired up.
Also, they have a high and low setting..... the low setting generates a
lot of flicker.
I'd look for other options, were I to do it all over again.
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