Toroidial Xformers?

Discussion in 'Landscape Lighting' started by Mike M, Jun 8, 2007.

  1. Mike M

    Mike M LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Toroidial transformers are significantly lower in price than major name brand, but will I get what I pay for? I'll probably pay the extra 100 or so for a Vista or Kichler, if I get a better warrenty, unless someone here can endorse Toroidial.

    Just wondering what the transformer of choice is by experienced installers.

    Thanks,

    Mike
     
  2. Mike M

    Mike M LawnSite Bronze Member
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  3. Pro-Scapes

    Pro-Scapes LawnSite Platinum Member
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    I just pulled 2 old vistas on my last job. Not sure if they are toridial or not.

    All I know is every tap under load is about half a volt shy of a picnic basket with proper input voltage and the trans has 11v taps as well up to 13v.

    The do have magnetic breakers. I think they are manufactured by Justin ???
     
  4. Chris J

    Chris J LawnSite Silver Member
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    Just so you guys know, all professional series transformers from Kichler, with the exception of the 15PR75SS are toroidial core and coil transformers.
     
  5. Pro-Scapes

    Pro-Scapes LawnSite Platinum Member
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    We used the Kichler PR transformers on our last few jobs and really liked em. Been using the Cast ones in the past... That extra breaker on the bigger ones does come in real handy for balancing loads but there is a cost difference too.

    Only issue I have with the Kichlers is I cant use my in trans astro timers unless I open it and flip the timer plug so I got clearance
     
  6. Mike M

    Mike M LawnSite Bronze Member
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    So, I guess what you are saying is that they are good transformers, if not the same as Kichler, but I don't know if they have a lifetime warranty. I just landed a job tonight after my demo, and the wife was impressed by the manufacturer warranties I specified in my proposal.

    Mike
     
  7. Mike M

    Mike M LawnSite Bronze Member
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    :hammerhead:

    Okay, here's where I went wrong: FOLD has "Toroidal Transformers" as the heading for a series of transformers, i.e., they are not specified by a manufacturer. I thought that was the company's name, now I see it is just the type of coil. I have a 300 watt of these for my demo set, but I don't want to install something for my clients that has no warranty or product name. Great price, though, for a demo transformer. I made a handle using a vinyl strap and a piece of flexible conduit. I just need a faster way of connecting/re-connecting the wires.
     
  8. Frog Lights  LLC

    Frog Lights LLC LawnSite Member
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    These are the most effecient. They run cooler and have less hummmmmm.
    They are round in shape. Over all much superior to iron core.
     
  9. Pro-Scapes

    Pro-Scapes LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Thoes are made by pantech... Some contractors are using them with zero probs. They have a lifetime warranty thru FOLD and SOLD altho I still use the name brand ones I do have a 600w pantech for my demo kit.

    For the fast connection regular line voltage plugs on the lv wires work well and are durable... We have also used the lightspeed connectors from WS DEANS company that are made for high performance RC models. The reg plugs are by far cheaper. What we did was made up about 4 lenghts of wire then put a receptical on each end then 25 ft leads on dabmar lights with plugs on the end.
     
  10. Mike M

    Mike M LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Oh, that's perfect. Doing that. Kept losing my screwdriver last night during demo. I also want to get a headband flashlight.

    Thanks,

    Mike
     

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