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kemmer
08-02-2008, 06:13 PM
im working on a monument for the fire department, and i was thinking of using 1-3 low voltage uplights/well lights to highlight some key features. do they make small transformers or something that will for this application? anything you can recommend?

NightScenes
08-02-2008, 06:55 PM
How many watts per fixture are you needing for this?

Mike M
08-02-2008, 08:01 PM
Let me add to this request, too. I have a guy with one 120v spot on a palm tree. The failed aluminum fixture is all corroded and designed to hold debris and water like soup in the top. Nice guy, friend of two of my customers, and he doesn't want more lighting. I thought it would be nice to substitute with an lv fixture, but I need a direct burial small trans. Any suggestions?

kemmer
08-02-2008, 09:47 PM
How many watts per fixture are you needing for this?

probably a 36 watt well light, is a 16 watt less light then a 36 watt?

NightScenes
08-02-2008, 09:50 PM
RSL has a 75 watt mini transformer that converts 120 to 12v and it will fit into a regular exterior outlet box. You can get these from Terradek.

Chris J
08-02-2008, 10:02 PM
probably a 36 watt well light, is a 16 watt less light then a 36 watt?

Oh no. 16 watts is much, much higher than 36 watts.....:hammerhead:
Sorry, I couldn't help myself. Of course 36 watts is higher than 16. Just like 50w is higher than 35w. Higher wattage equals higher output. At least as far as your concerned with this scenario that is.

kemmer
08-02-2008, 10:51 PM
Ok so if i do 2-3 of these lights http://www.terradek.com/cgi-bin/store.pl?search=yes&detail=yes&product=sl01&category=In-Ground_Lights&keywords=&hits_seen=18&page=search2.html&exact_match=yes

which one of these controllers would work best or is better? anyone have any experience with them?
http://www.terradek.com/cgi-bin/store.pl?search=yes&detail=yes&product=tr80&category=Transformers_80W&keywords=&hits_seen=&page=search2.html&exact_match=yes

http://www.terradek.com/cgi-bin/store.pl?search=yes&detail=yes&product=tr88&category=Transformers_80W&keywords=&hits_seen=&page=search2.html&exact_match=yes

Chris J
08-02-2008, 11:40 PM
If you only use two of these fixtures, then you have a valid question. I've never used either of these transformers, so I don't know how to guide you there. Your inquiry is based upon references to the most knowledgeable dealer in the industry, so why don't you just ask Gerry DeLavega (the owner of Terra Dek) which one is better? He's a straight shooter and will guide you correctly.
On the other hand, if you use 3 of these goofy lights, then neither of these transformers will work. 36w X 3 = 108 watts! You will need a transformer that can handle at least that much, and an 88w transformer will not.
By the way, these are transformers not controllers. A controller is something that would turn them on and off, and the transformer is the thing that reduces the line voltage to low voltage. Your examples, I believe, do both.

kemmer
08-03-2008, 12:18 AM
If you only use two of these fixtures, then you have a valid question. I've never used either of these transformers, so I don't know how to guide you there. Your inquiry is based upon references to the most knowledgeable dealer in the industry, so why don't you just ask Gerry DeLavega (the owner of Terra Dek) which one is better? He's a straight shooter and will guide you correctly.
On the other hand, if you use 3 of these goofy lights, then neither of these transformers will work. 36w X 3 = 108 watts! You will need a transformer that can handle at least that much, and an 88w transformer will not.
By the way, these are transformers not controllers. A controller is something that would turn them on and off, and the transformer is the thing that reduces the line voltage to low voltage. Your examples, I believe, do both.

ok thanks, all i need is a voltage reducer because the outlet is on a photocell

Eden Lights
08-03-2008, 12:20 AM
Acme 100W or 300W from Jerry @ Te?????K

Mark B
08-03-2008, 05:07 AM
I THINK focus make a small transformer like Paul is talking about. I have used them in the past.

NightScenes
08-03-2008, 08:17 AM
I would agree with Eden in this situation. I would also agree with Chris that you should ask Gerry.

INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting
08-03-2008, 08:58 AM
Nightscaping makes a T-100SS and a T-150SS transformer. Perhaps that will help.

Mike M
08-04-2008, 07:55 AM
Okay. I continue to attempt to ride on this thread.

What are some very small (under 100w) in-ground transformers? I don't see any on my distrib's website but I will call them. Any recommendations?

NightScenes
08-04-2008, 11:22 AM
I don't know of any in-ground transformers that are that small.

Eden Lights
08-04-2008, 03:11 PM
I consider the Hadco 300 the min. for a ingrade transformer.

Mike M
08-04-2008, 07:20 PM
I guess I should just refer the guy to a nice line voltage fixture and an EC.

kemmer
08-04-2008, 10:24 PM
Thanks for the help, im going to go with the Vista Pro 300 and probably go with 3-4 well lights

JoeyD
08-05-2008, 07:34 PM
buy no smaller than a 300-360watt unit. At some point the homeowner will want to add lights or you will need to bump voltages. The prices between the smallest units are dollars apart.