An increasing number of home-owners prefer low voltage lighting for their outdoor landscapes due to its safety and ease of installation In addition, low voltage lighting is a popular choice for exterior lighting due to its ability to reduce hefty electricity consumption costs.
What Is A Low Voltage Transformer?
Low voltage transformers convert standard home line voltage (usually 120 volts) to a lower voltage (usually 12 or 24 volts) enabling the attached components to operate safely. They are mounted to a junction box, and some have more than one voltage connection – these are called “multi-tap transformers”. In addition to outdoor lighting, many every day appliances such as thermostats and doorbells use these types of transformers.
Magnetic vs. Electronic Transformers
Magnetic transformers consist of a primary and secondary coil within a metal encasement. Line voltage current is carried through the primary “winding” and into the secondary coil, which produces the low voltage output. There are two types of magnetic transformers, toroidal and stack laminated. Both types of transformers have a long operational life (15 to 20 years or more) and operate at a higher temperature than their electronic counterparts. Be aware that these types of transformers can be noisy, emitting a buzzing or humming sound.
Electronic transformers are less expensive but also shorter lived than magnetic transformers. Their life spans are about 5 to 6 years. This timeframe can decrease when they are used in an environment that is too warm. They are smaller and lightweight, which often allows them to be integrated with appliances directly.
Low voltage transformers are easy and safe to install for the DIY minded as the wiring can be placed just below the ground surface.
It is best to place the transformer as close to the area you wish to illuminate as possible to eliminate voltage drop
When purchasing low-voltage lamps, make sure they are operating at full output for best performance.
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