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Wide shot of the cabinets installed over electrical rough-in wiring
Wide shot of the cabinets installed over electrical rough-in wiring

There is a beverage cooler and a small drawer cabinet under the counter top.  No room for concealing a low voltage lighting transformer.

Patched hole and covered junction box, and outlet with phone jack under the counter top
Patched hole and covered junction box, and outlet with phone jack under the counter top

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.

Wide shot of an under cabinet light fixture temporarily suspended by two small steel cables awaiting wiring connections
Wide shot of an under cabinet light fixture temporarily suspended by two small steel cables awaiting wiring connections

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.

Close shot of the interior wiring of an under cabinet light fixture
Close shot of the interior wiring of an under cabinet light fixture
Four holes in top of kitchen cabinets for low voltage recessed lights
Four holes in top of kitchen cabinets for low voltage recessed lights
Spliced low voltage wires hanging down from the cut-out in the top of the cabinet
Spliced low voltage wires hanging down from the cut-out in the top of the cabinet

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.

Two low voltage recessed lights inside of a kitchen cabinet, one light is hanging by a wire
Two low voltage recessed lights inside of a kitchen cabinet, one light is hanging by a wire

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Two finished recessed low voltage kitchen cabinet lights
Two finished recessed low voltage kitchen cabinet lights

These particular recessed cabinet lights have their trims held in place by magnets.  No screws.

Low voltage lighting transformer that powers the recessed lights in the kitchen cabinet
Low voltage lighting transformer that powers the recessed lights in the kitchen cabinet

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.

Finished kitchen cabinets with low voltage recessed lights inside and line voltage under cabinet lights
Finished kitchen cabinets with low voltage recessed lights inside and line voltage under cabinet lights

The books cover the low voltage transformer on the open shelf.  There was 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 me 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.