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Old 06-21-2012, 04:37 PM   #1
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rough in for in cabinet lighting?


We are going to place in cabinet lighting in our bookshelves when we get our basement finished... the bookshelves are just standard kraftmaid cabinetry with glass shelves. they are sitting on top of normal 24" depth base cabinets

I need to get the rough in wiring for this done, before the drywall is done.

How do you go about roughing in for something like this? They will be either halogen or LED low voltage lights. I assume there is a transformer. Do I just put a switched outlet in one of the base cabinets?

Obviously never done this before, and the cabinet people don't seem to know either since they aren't ordered yet...

the cabinets will have a "chase" above them that is a few inches high to run lighting cablet between the cabinets and connect the lighting in the top with. that will then be covered up by crown molding when its done. I assume this will then run to the lower cabinets and a transformer?

any help would be great, thanks!

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Generally, you would poke romex out of the drywall where you think the lights would go.

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Generally, you would poke romex out of the drywall where you think the lights would go.
even for a transform that might be mounted inside a base cabinet?

I tried looking up examples online, but no one seems to show this
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Yes...you would stub one end of the romex out where the lights are, and the other you would stub out where the transformer is going.
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depends on the type of led lighting, a standard under counter rope light can be bought with a 120v receptacle plug and has the transformer inline in the cord. This method requires a rather large lip on the cabinet to cover up the cord connections, easier way would be to by a kit with a standalone driver. the driver are about 1.5 inches by 2.5 inches, you would just flush mount a 4 inch square box inside the cabinet somewhere hidden (and accessible) run your 120v feed into it and your 12v feed out to the light, join the input and outputs on the driver to your wires, button up the box and your good to go. You can install a switch on the 120v side or the 12v side, your choice. Another neat thing to do is an install like this but inside the cabinets, wire a push button normally closed contact switch(like a fridge switch) into the cabinet so that the lights in the cabinet come on when the door is opened.
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