I am starting a large project to build out a study with desk/work areas below, and a combination of cabinets, bookcases and cubbies above. The builit-ins will consume all wall space on two adjacent walls, forming a 12' by 12' "L" built-in from floor to ceiling (10')
I am planning to build the cabinets as individual units and will utilize a faceframe to tie them all together. The design has the entire built-in going up to within 4" of the ceiling with crown molding finishing off the built-ins and tying into the ceiling.
My question, generally, is how should I approach wiring the lighting, both in the cubbies/bookcases/cabinets (with glass doors) and the under cabinet lighting which will provide the needed task lighting on the desks/work areas?
I am planning to run two new circuits to the built-in:
- Under cabinet circuit for task lighting
- In cabinet / cubbie lighting
Should I install outlets in one or more walls and then connect the lighting to the outlet with a plug? This would provide a "modular" approach and provide the benefit of a switched outlet if the built-ins are removed in the future.
Should I hardwire the lighting by running Romex out the wall (behind a cabinet) and make the connections directly (wingnuts or similar)?
Should I pre-install the lighting in each cabinet and then make connections between units after they have been hung, or hang the cabinets first and then install all the lighting?
Should I use (or must I use) flexible conduit to run Romex to each lighting unit, or can I just daisy-chain the fixtures together?
I do not have the lighting fixtures selected yet and that may answer some of my questions. I am leaning toward LED ribbon lighting, but welcome your suggestions on this as well.
I've attached a rendering of the room design below.
Apologies for the long post and thanks in advance for your input.