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Old 05-27-2009, 01:23 PM
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Mounting Transformers Inside

I want to mount the transformer on the inside of a poolhouse. Can I mount a nightscaping transformer inside? Is it generally best to keep transformers outdoors?

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Old 05-27-2009, 07:20 PM
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We generally try and keep most transformers outside. Very few are in a garage. Not only do they got hot but there is a slight buzz/hum. Sometimes its just easier to run a dedicated 20 amp gfci outside.


Also when the transformer is mounted inside the home maintenance calls are a hassle. When they are outside you don't have to have homeowner home.


Btw are you a diy, landscaper or lighting company?
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Old 05-28-2009, 10:10 AM
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Number one priority is to hide or minimize the view of the powercenter. If that requires putting it in the garage or outbuilding, so be it. However, I do prefer to mount outside for the reasons posted above.
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Old 05-28-2009, 10:12 AM
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All Unique units can be mounted indoors. Not sure on an outdoor unit only like a nightscaping power center but I doubt it would harm anything as long as it has ample room to breath and cool.
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Old 05-29-2009, 09:31 AM
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Some local codes also prevent anything but a master electrician to "pierce" the home with any wires that run electricity, low voltage or not. further, running a photocell also becomes a hassle, and that is a high voltage side line. most materials on the outside of the home tend to be wood, brick, stone, or siding over plywood, which are more appropriate for the weight of a transformer. drywall inside a garage will not, unless you find a stud. lastly, most homes that are buying LV lighting have an additional deep freeze or fullsize fridge/freezer unit already on the circuit in the garage. adding a trans on that circuit often overloads it, especially when the lights are on and the compressor for the fridge kicks on.
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Old 05-29-2009, 09:46 AM
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good stuff David!!
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Old 05-29-2009, 10:02 AM
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Outside they go. Prefferably where the rest of the utilities are or post mount in a hidden area of the landscape. I have quickly became a fan of smaller but more transformers and locating them closer to the area to be lit.

If they do go inside they need to be rated for it like the uniques are.
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Old 06-01-2009, 10:25 PM
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I go both ways! However, if a service contract is going to be implemented the best method is outside. It just depends on what the consumer wants given the choice and educated on the potential circumstances. No need to direct your customer to a hassle-situation over a $100 piggy-back receptacle (if the amperage requirements are there). Sell the JOB!
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