To install under cabinet lighting fixtures, a do-it-yourselfer will need a few basic tools. They will need a measuring tape, and a pencil should be used to mark all drill locations prior to cutting into the wood. A hammer and a drill or a hole saw is needed to drill the holes necessary for mounting the fixtures. Many installers also prefer to use cable clamps to hold wires in place within the fixture box. It is strongly recommended that every conceivable safety precaution be taken when working with tools and wiring. Safety glasses should be worn while drilling holes. A sturdy step ladder should be used to access hard to reach places.
Because Phantom products are custom-made, the parts and instructions that come with each order are also customized to some extent. Prior to receiving the shipment, the end user will already have provided the necessary specifications to determine in advance the best way to conceal both the fixtures and the wires. Detailed instructions will be included with the order that walk the installer through the entire process.
The most essential step that will need to be taken to install under cabinet lighting will be to determine the location of the transformer. This device is necessary to power the linear assembly and must be concealed from the vantage point of any visitor to the kitchen. Professionals normally mount the transformer either above the linear assembly in the base of the attic or somewhere in the rear of the cabinet base itself. 16 gauge wire is sufficient for connecting the transformer to the array at distances of 20 feet or less. A heavier gauge wire will be necessary for attic runs exceeding 20 feet.