There is a beverage cooler and a small drawer cabinet under the counter top. No room for concealing a low voltage lighting transformer.
By cutting the access hole while holding the saw at a 45 degree angle, the same piece of drywall was able to be put back in. I butter all of the edges with joint compound and push it into place. Then I smooth it out with a wide blade. A second coat of joint compound can be applied the next day.
This particular brand of under cabinet light fixture came as two pieces. A mounting base gets installed first and after the electrical connections are made, the fixture is screwed to the base.
The kitchen cabinet lighting installed under the cabinet was the LINE voltage (120 volts) type supplied by the homeowner.
The kitchen cabinet lighting installed inside the above cabinet was of the low voltage type furnished by the homeowner.
When the voltage is only 12 volts, no electrical junction boxes are required for this type of installation. Splices are made using wire connectors in the open air.
These particular recessed cabinet lights have their trims held in place by magnets. No screws.
The low voltage power transformer that supplies power to the recessed lights is located on one of the open shelves. The transformer wall outlet is controlled by the wall switch in the back splash below. At the request of the client, I changed the plug on the transformer cord to an angle plug so that it would be flatter.
The books cover the low-voltage transformer on the open shelf. There were not many choices for locating the transformer. I could have put it in a base cabinet, but there weren’t any. The location of the transformer was discussed with the homeowner prior to my installing the wiring.
What choices would you make in your kitchen as to the location of the low voltage transformer for the kitchen cabinet lights?
You might find my light switch wiring diagrams helpful.
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