What you should know about the low voltage lighting transformer
If you have been thinking about some low voltage outdoor lighting solutions, you have probably heard about the importance of transformers. The transformer is one of the most important fixtures and it comes with all the low voltage lighting kits. The low voltage lighting transformer is the power behind all the low voltage systems. It is plugged into the GFCI protected electrical outlet and it is used to step down the current. The electric current flowing through the entire house is 120 volts, whereas for the low voltage lighting solution, it just has to be 12 volts. The transformer will be used to convert the voltage of the lights.
Different types of transformers
Most transformers come equipped with 24 hour timer that will let you figure out when you want the lights to come on and go off. This timer will help you save more power and save you a lot of effort as well. You would not have to go out and turn it off or on, for it will do so automatically. There are different types of transformers, depending on the wattage output. The models range from around 44 watts to 900 watts. In order to find out what transformer you need, you just have to calculate the total wattage of the lights that you are using in that particular segment and then find the right transformer. For inestance, if you are planning on using 10 18 watt lights, you should get a transformer that has a wattage of 180.
How to connect the fixtures
When you are designing your lighting solutions, you have to make sure that you plan the entire thing. You have to plan the fixtures and ensure that not a lot of lights are in one single segment. It is important for you to ensure that all the fixtures are in the right place. You have to ensure that you put the fixtures at a particular distance from a transformer as well. If you are using one length of wire, you have to put the fixtures 15-30 ft away from the transformer. On the next run of wires, you should put the fixtures 25- 40 ft away from the low voltage lighting transformer, the next would be 30-50 ft away.
The main purpose is to ensure that the fixtures are equidistant from the transformer so that the voltage drop is equally distributed. The transforomer would certainly ensure that the lights and the fixtures don’t get over volted or under volted.
How to choose the right low voltage lighting transformer?
If you are just going to buy a kit, you will get a low voltage lighting transformer with it. If you are going to do it yourself, it is a good idea for you to follow the instructions given in the kit. Most kits come with the right transformer for the kind and the number of lights given with the kit. So, you just have to make sure that you follow the instructions- you would certainly not have to worry about the wattage of the transformer, because it will be right in the kit.