Okay, I have everything that I need. This is a pretty simple DIY, and I'm not going out of my way to do anything special. I'll measure the spacing of the lights, drill in the pilot holes for the hooks, install the hooks, and fit the lighting into place. Then I'll wrap up by stapling up the excess cord and placing the control switch in an easy-to-access but hidden location so that the whole thing is out of sight!
All of this is stuff I already owned and had hanging around in my storage closet from the excess of other projects, so it's essentially a 0-cost project which is my favorite kind.
This is the underside of counters where the light will go. There's about a 1/4 lip which will be perfect for hiding my cables.
Woah, talk about skipping to the end! I meant to take more pictures but got distracted. Watch the video if you want to see a little bit more.
The one piece of trouble I ran into was with my hooks -- they were a teensy bit too small for the diameter of the lighting. I just used a clamp and a pair of pliers to widen them slightly and all was good!
I was just using whatever I had laying around the house but I'd suggest that anyone wanting to do something similar measure the lighting and the hooks in a hardware store before purchasing.
Shiny! I love how the countertops gleam. It really managed to create a sort of cool stage-lighting effect, and the LED power-saving bulbs that I used are great for both brightness, dramatic warm color, and the fact that the bulb is made from some sort of plastic instead of glass (so we don't have to worry about accidental breakage in our busy kitchen.
And there it is! All of our lighting installed with all of our kitchen implements back in place. It's honestly amazing how many great cooing projects we can do with such a tiny kitchen area.