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Now that you’ve determined whether you’re looking for a 12-volt magnetic transformer, 24-volt electronic transformer, 12-volt electronic transformer, or 24-volt magnetic transformer (that’s a mouthful!), you can narrow it down by wattage. Each transformer has a “maximum wattage load.” Typically, this is what the actual product is labeled. The rule here is that the maximum wattage load of your transformer must be equal to or larger than the total wattage of all the light fixtures you are connecting to it. Let’s say you have one light fixture with one 60-watt light bulb for the transformer mentioned above. That’s fine. However, if you install a light fixture with three 60-watt light bulbs, you’ll need a transformer with a maximum wattage load of at least 180 watts.
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Landscape Lighting Transformer

Installing Low-Voltage Lighting With plan in hand, add up the fixture wattages. Purchase a transformer that’s rated slightly bigger than the total, so you can add a fixture or two later if desired. Most homeowner-grade transformers are designed for outdoor use only. If you want to mount your transformer indoors, upgrade to a commercial-duty transformer. Though often double the cost, pro-quality transformers will also allow you to adjust wattages in multi-line systems to account for voltage drop in your lines. Voltage drop causes unevenly lit fixtures and premature bulb burnout.
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Landscape Lighting Transformer

There are a few pros and cons to consider here. Electronic transformers have an additional electronic device called an inverter that enables them to be much smaller than magnetic transformers. So, if you need to tuck the transformer into a tight space, you might want to veer toward an electronic transformer. Another advantage to an electronic transformer is that it can be reset at the wall switch if there’s an overload.
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Landscape Lighting Transformer

Occasionally, the transformer is built right in to the lighting fixture – in which case there’s no need for this guide. The decision has been made for you! However, if the transformer is separate, you’ll need to make sure it is compatible with your lighting fixtures. Follow this guide to make your selection in four steps :

Landscape Lighting Transformer

Landscape Lighting TransformersKichler low voltage transformers for landcape lighting offer weather resistant quality, reliable power and ease of installation. Featuring 100% epoxy encapsulation, secondary protection and auto-resettable circuit breakers, a low voltage landscape transformer combines safety and performance.
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Landscape Lighting Transformer

Mount the transformer within one foot of a GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupter) and at least one foot above grade, more if you’re subject to heavy snowfalls. Plug in the transformer and install a rain-tight cover over the connection, if one does not already exist.
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Landscape Lighting Transformer

If you see the word “enclosed” in any of the product descriptions, this simply means the transformer is encased in a metal case that provides storage space for terminal block connections you may need to make. It’s fine to choose a transformer that’s not enclosed, but you should probably store it in some sort of metal housing (i.e., a junction box).
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Landscape Lighting Transformer

Kichler low voltage transformers for landcape lighting offer weather resistant quality, reliable power and ease of installation. Featuring 100% epoxy encapsulation, secondary protection and auto-resettable circuit breakers, a low voltage landscape transformer combines safety and performance.
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Low voltage lighting systems operate on either 12 or 24 volts. The easiest way to start filtering out the right transformer is to determine if the low voltage light fixture you need to power requires 12 or 24 volts. You should be able to find this information in the description/specifications of any product. Also, determine whether your power source outputs 120 or 277 volts. Most power sources in the U.S. output 120 volts, but there are transformers available for power sources that output 270.
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Draw possible cable runs on your plan, and choose the one that uses the least amount of cable. You’ll have better results if you group fixtures by distance from the transformer and run separate cables to each group. If you are using more than one run, try for equal cable lengths and about the same wattage requirements on each.

Before burying the cable, observe the effect of the lights at night. Move the fixtures as necessary. Once satisfied, bury the cable in a few inches of soil or anchor with tent pegs and cover with mulch. Then program the transformer to turn the lights on and off automatically as desired.

Real People, Real Stories I just wanted to say Thank you once again for inviting me to go along on the vendor Fly In. The training we received was outstanding. I learned a lot from the trip. I really enjoyed being able to work hands on with Light Logic and being in the lab. Being able to see an entire system fully operational was very impressive. The design portion of the training was equally as impressive. Especially the trip to Mr. Mullen’s home to see his Unique design techniques. I definitely feel more comfortable with being able to help my customers with their lighting needs because of this training. Jennifer C. Once again, I would like to thank you for the opportunity to be a part of the training we received with Unique Lighting and Toro and a tour of the factory. The training was fantastic and I consider Nate Mullen’s quite the visionary in lighting design. Learning about the “Critical 3” and “Seven Deadly Sins” taught me what I can bring back to the contractors I work with in the future. Also the wire sizing chart will help illustrate to our contractors there is voltage and amp drop in LED. Mike did a great job training us on ULS products, Hub connections, fused links, Unique’s splice connectors, and programing the LPRO. Chuck L. Read More

I just wanted to say Thank you once again for inviting me to go along on the vendor Fly In. The training we received was outstanding. I learned a lot from the trip. I really enjoyed being able to work hands on with Light Logic and being in the lab. Being able to see an entire system fully operational was very impressive. The design portion of the training was equally as impressive. Especially the trip to Mr. Mullen’s home to see his Unique design techniques. I definitely feel more comfortable with being able to help my customers with their lighting needs because of this training. Jennifer C. Once again, I would like to thank you for the opportunity to be a part of the training we received with Unique Lighting and Toro and a tour of the factory. The training was fantastic and I consider Nate Mullen’s quite the visionary in lighting design. Learning about the “Critical 3” and “Seven Deadly Sins” taught me what I can bring back to the contractors I work with in the future. Also the wire sizing chart will help illustrate to our contractors there is voltage and amp drop in LED. Mike did a great job training us on ULS products, Hub connections, fused links, Unique’s splice connectors, and programing the LPRO. Chuck L.
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Tip: You can simulate the effect of many of these lights with a strong flashlight. For an uplighting effect, hold the flashlight below the object or surface you wish to light. For a downlight effect, hold it above. Hold a reflector, such as a piece of white cardboard over the flashlight and place it beside a path to simulate a path light. If the effects you want to achieve are sophisticated, consider discussing them with a landscape lighting designer.
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Planning for Outdoor Lighting Plot out your ideas on graph paper. Draw the footprint of your house to 1/8″ scale and sketch in all major landscape elements, including fences, decks, tree, paths, driveways, and garden beds. Include the location of any existing or proposed outdoor receptacles as well.
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Hanging or pendant lighting: 120-v fixtures that are frequently used for entry or porch lighting. Low-voltage hanging lights strung in trees, arbors, and pergolas have become popular as decorative accents.
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Once again, I would like to thank you for the opportunity to be a part of the training we received with Unique Lighting and Toro and a tour of the factory. The training was fantastic and I consider Nate Mullen’s quite the visionary in lighting design. Learning about the “Critical 3” and “Seven Deadly Sins” taught me what I can bring back to the contractors I work with in the future. Also the wire sizing chart will help illustrate to our contractors there is voltage and amp drop in LED. Mike did a great job training us on ULS products, Hub connections, fused links, Unique’s splice connectors, and programing the LPRO.
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Once again, I would like to thank you for the opportunity to be a part of the training we received with Unique Lighting and Toro and a tour of the factory. The training was fantastic and I consider Nate Mullen’s quite the visionary in lighting design. Learning about the “Critical 3” and “Seven Deadly Sins” taught me what I can bring back to the contractors I work with in the future. Also the wire sizing chart will help illustrate to our contractors there is voltage and amp drop in LED. Mike did a great job training us on ULS products, Hub connections, fused links, Unique’s splice connectors, and programing the LPRO. Chuck L.

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