I am Gregg with the Home Depot in Chicago. Where is the outlet that the rope lighting is going to be plugged in at? Is it going to be in the cabinet or on the wall? The first solution that comes to mind is installing a light switch that controls the outlet. You can put the switch somewhere convenient to the work area, but ask an electrician how or have an electrician help you do it correctly. Another option, which is a little easier, is plugging the rope lighting into this lamp dimmer.
This lamp dimmer can turn the rope lighting on and off and you can set the switch part anywhere. I hope this helps. If you have any other ideas or questions let me know. –Gregg