120v to 12v retrofit

Discussion in 'Landscape Lighting' started by JoeinJasper, Jan 22, 2012.

  1. JoeinJasper

    JoeinJasper LawnSite Member
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    What is the best way to retrofit a 120v chandelier to 12v? This will be used on a temporary basis only, it won't be left in the landscape full time.

    Thanks,
    Joe
     
  2. Lite4

    Lite4 LawnSite Gold Member
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    Change the candelabra bulbs out to 12 volt lamps and wire the fixture to your 12 volt transformer. That's it.
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  3. JoeinJasper

    JoeinJasper LawnSite Member
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    Thanks...Can you give a source for these lamps?

    Joe
     
  4. David Gretzmier

    David Gretzmier LawnSite Gold Member
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    I have bought candelabra based 12v bulbs from several websites. just do a google search. be aware though, that 6-12 or more 40 watt 12 volt bulbs in a candelabra fixture can get you to a lot of amps in a hurry. I am guessing most 120v fixtures are not wired with that many amps in mind. most 120v fixtures have 16 guage wire or thinner inside. lots of amps makes wire hot and dangerous. be careful and do the math before you do this.
     
  5. Steve Atkinson

    Steve Atkinson LawnSite Member
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    My local lighting showroom sells 7w 12v candelabra lamps from Westinghouse. I used them in carriage lanterns on a past project which runs dusk to dawn and are still running 2 years later. Definitely a quality product.
     
  6. JoeinJasper

    JoeinJasper LawnSite Member
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    Thanks to all. I'm still looking for sources, will decide what to do.

    Joe
     
  7. jbailey52

    jbailey52 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I've found them at homedepot near me
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