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Malibu Outdoor Lighting window.google_analytics_uacct=”UA-733062-7″; google_ad_client=”pub-5696344222704210″;google_ad_slot=”6232391605″;google_ad_width=336;google_ad_height=280; If you are looking for a less expensive way of landscape lighting your home, other than a professional grade lighting system. Then Malibu outdoor lighting might just be your answer. Known for making products that are do it yourself friendly, Malibu outdoor lights offers both low voltage and solar landscape lighting. You will be able to find these lights at many hardware/lumber stores as well as purchase them online. Malibu makes a huge array of lighting including path lights, flood lights, bollard lights, spot lights specialty lights, well lights, deck lights and they even make a lighted bird bath. You will be able to find fixtures made out of premium cast metal, plastic and metal. Malibu Low Voltage Lighting They offer landscape lighting kits that include the transformer, lights and cable, with most of these kits under $200.00. You will be limited to what you can light with this kits. The seven lighting kits that I saw where pretty basic. Three of them consisted of the transformer, cable and 4 flood type lights. They are listed below. Malibu CL90004T Low Voltage 20-Watt Metal Floodlight, 50 Feet 14/2 Cable with 121-Watt Power Pack, Black, 4 Pack This kit comes with 50 feet of 14/2 lighting cable, 4 – 20-watt floodlights and a 121 watt powerpack/transformer. Malibu LT90704T 4 Pack Low Voltage 10-Watt Metal Floodlights, 50 Feet Cable with 88-Watt Power Pack, Black These floodlights are made out of cast metal and the kit includes 50 foot of 16 gauge wire, plus a 88 watt transformer. The fixtures come with 10 watt bulbs, which are not to bright and might be more suitable for areas that you are wanting a more softer light. Intermatic CL10304T Malibu Outdoor Four-Light Lighting Kit with 300-Watt Power Pack/Timer, Black This lighting kit had the best customer review rating and no wonder. This landscape lighting kit features 4 50 watt floodlights which is good for up lighting trees, patios, paths, fountains and house features. With the 300 watt transformer you have the option of reducing the flood light wattage down from 50 to say 35 watts. This allows you to add more lights to the kit while still staying under the recommened wattage for the 300 watt transformer. Two of the kits where just for path lighting and one kit offered 6 path lights, along with 2 flood lights . It is possible to expand on these kits as long as your fixture wattage does not exceed the transformer wattage. The wattage of the path lights in these kits ranged from 7 to 11 watts, 7 watts is pretty low wattage for lighting paths without creating a runway effect. Since Malibu lighting is on the lower price end of landscape lighting, instead of buying kits you might think about buying all of the components separately and design your own lighting system. Malibu Low Voltage Transformers Malibu’s transformers are made with a weather resistant housing and feature an automatic timer with a manual on/off override switch. Malibu makes these transformer in 88 , 100, 121, 200, 300 , 600 and 900 watts. The 100 watt transformer comes with a photo cell. Malibu recommends that you run their transformer at almost full capacity, for better lamp life. They also suggest that you make shorter wire runs. This helps in keeping the volts to your light fixtures more consistent and with in the range of 10.8 to 12 volts per fixture. One of the features that Malibu promotes for ease of installation is their fast lock cable connector . This does make attaching the fixture wires to the main cable easier. But overtime moisture will get into the the cable and will cause you problems in your lighting. One thing you might want to do is silicon this area and then wrap it in electrical tape to prevent the moisture in the connection. Malibu Solar Lights If low voltage lighting is not for you, Malibu offers solar lighting. Although not suitable for every lighting application, solar lighting does provide a softer glow that many people want in their landscape lighting. Solar accent lights can be used in places where electric sources are unavailable or in areas that get full sun and only minimal lighting is required. Read more about Malibu Solar Lights
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Malibu Landscape Lighting Transformer

Hello Bob. There are many things that must be considered when sizing a transformer. Your fixtures for instance are 11 watts but did you see a VA (volt amp) number for them? If they are LED products are you are using an AC (the Malibu transformer is AC) transformer you MUST use the VA number when sizing the transformer and the wire. An 11 watt LED fixture may actually be using more like 20 watts VA. Then the wire size and length also contributes to the load on the transformer. If your wire is sized too small and you are trying to go a long distance, you are creating high levels of friction (heat) or load. Connections also are a HUGE contributor to a load problem. All of these things must be considered when choosing the transformer size to use. Have you actually used an amp meter on the primary and secondary sides of the transformer to find out the actual load that your transformer is pulling and supplying? The NEC (National Electrical Code) says that you can not load any device above 80% of its maximum load so keep that in mind as well. Then of course there is the transformer itself. All transformers will produce heat since they are creating friction. A quality transformer with good windings and insulation will be much better than a black plastic container. We NEVER use the products you are using and only use professional grade outdoor lighting fixtures, transformers, wire and connectors. We calculate every part of the project to insure proper transformer sizing and controls.
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Malibu Landscape Lighting Transformer

Hello Russ and thank you for your question. My first thought is that you have a connection issue at the transformer itself. I’m hoping you have a digital electrical meter to check voltages at the transformer and along the wiring. First you need to check the voltage coming into the transformer (at the outlet) to make sure the transformer is getting power. If you do have power there, you need to check the voltage on the secondary side of the transformer (where the low voltage wires hook up). You should have around 12 volts between the common connection lug and the other lugs. If you have around 12 volts there, everything is good at the transformer, if not, look for a reset button (this is a circuit breaker on the transformer) and reset the transformer. If you still don’t have power on the secondary lugs, you may need to check the built in timer to make sure it is in the on mode. If all of that checks out, you may have gotten a bad transformer. If you do have power at the secondary lugs, between the common lug and the “line out” lug, than you have a connection issue, either at the transformer itself or along the wiring. I hope I didn’t confuse you and I wish you good luck.

Malibu Landscape Lighting Transformer

Landscape lighting adds safety, security and aesthetic appeal. Once your landscape lighting design is complete, you can figure out what size of low-voltage transformer you need. Transformers generally range from 150- to 900-watt capacity. Matching the size of the transformer to the lighting design is important for efficient operation and function of the system. House current, 120 volts, is reduced by a transformer to 12 to 20 volts, the current needed to operate low-voltage landscaping lights. Many transformers come with connections for lights of different wattage for versatility. Other low-voltage transformer features include motion detectors for turning lights on and off, photo cells to turn lights on at specific light levels and programmable timers.
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Malibu Landscape Lighting Transformer

I have a Malibu 600 watt Transformer in my Garage that runs all my landscape lighting. I just bought all new LED fixtures and spot lights and the lighting is incredible. I then noticed the further you go down the line things get more dim. I still have 7 Brick LED wall/step pathway lights that are not LED, I noticed when I disconnected 2 of the step lights some of the lights at the end of the line were brighter. I have 7 in ground 10W LED pathway lights and 4 10W LED and 7 Brick wall/step lights(4W ea), it would seem the 600W is more than enough.I was thinking that if I added say a 300 watt transformer halfway down the line, this may resolve the issue but is there something I can add to each fixture that will regulate the voltage instead of adding a transformer outside?Thanks!
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Malibu Landscape Lighting Transformer

You are welcome sir and I’m glad to help. First, do you have a volt meter? If so, turn your transformer on and check the voltage coming out of the secondary (where your low voltage wires are hooked up). You’ll put one probe of the common and one probe on the 12 volt tap. See if any voltage comes out when the transformer turns on. If no voltage is coming out, check to see if there is a reset switch on your transformer. Some of them do and some do not but if yours does, go ahead and reset it. If it trips again, you most likely still have a short somewhere which is causing it to trip and you’ll need to make that repair. If you have no voltage coming out at all and your reset is fine, your controller or transformer itself has been damaged by your earlier problems and needs to be replaced. If so, I recommend stepping up to a professional grade transformer which can usually be purchased at a local irrigation supply house. Good luck and let me know how it goes.

Malibu Landscape Lighting Transformer

Malibu Landscape Lighting Transformer

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