Transformers

Discussion in 'Landscape Lighting' started by Lightsonlyman, Jun 15, 2009.

  1. Lightsonlyman

    Lightsonlyman LawnSite Member
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    Hello everyone, I am a newby to Lawnsite as I just found it on the net. I am a "lighting only guy." I am a licensed electrician and have been doing landscape lighting, security lighting, moonlighting and interior lighting for 16 years. I wonder if someone may be able to help me in finding a new supplier for low-voltage transformers. I have used many in the past, MDL, Nightscaping, Unique, Pantech, Hadco ...etc.

    I like the affordability and ease of use of the MDL and Pantech and have had no problems with either. Also like the Unique, but they are a little pricey. Nightscaping xformers are o.k. but that's the only one I've ever had a problem with. I realize any transformer can have an issue, but I am merely looking for an easy to use, multi-tap with a good price.

    Can anybody recommend suppliers? All responses are appreciated.

    Thanks!
     
  2. JoeyD

    JoeyD LawnSite Silver Member
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    You get what you pay for and you you know with Unque you are going to get a quality in house built unit that is easy to use, multiple styles of units including inverted, horizontal, in ground, Home Line and Multi Tap, Stainless Steel, Weathered Brass, secondary protection or none, etc....Most importantly every Unique unit comes with a life time warranty! They are all true single core units so no load ballancing on the common side, UL/ETL approved!

    Of course I am a bit partial...hahaha


    Welcome to Lawnsite!!! Lots of good stuff floating around here!! Let me know if you have any questions regarding Unqiue products!!
     
  3. INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting

    INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Vista's new line of transformers has been greatly improved over previous versions. You might want to take a look at them. Around the same price point as Nightscaping's and a bit less than CAST.
     
  4. Lightsonlyman

    Lightsonlyman LawnSite Member
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    Thanks JoeyD, I appreciate your response. Does Unique offer a "recession rate?" LOL
     
  5. Lightsonlyman

    Lightsonlyman LawnSite Member
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    Thanks James, do you recommend a supplier for the Vista trans.?
     
  6. David Gretzmier

    David Gretzmier LawnSite Gold Member
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    LIGHTSONLYMAN-

    I've reviewed a couple of trans in the past couple of months, check out the Volt and copper moon threads, along with a few ryco units a couple years back. I think the reviews speak for themselves.

    I've installed more FX and Nightscaping than anything, and I too have had issues with Nightscaping, more voltage drop and timer issues, than anything else. FX makes an excellent trans, although it can be pricey when compared to Volt, Copper moon and Ryco.
     
  7. Lightsonlyman

    Lightsonlyman LawnSite Member
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    Thanks David, can you recommend suppliers for those units?
     
  8. INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting

    INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Go to Vista's website and they will have links to their distributors. I know that John Deere Landscapes is a large distributor of Vista products.
     
  9. JoeyD

    JoeyD LawnSite Silver Member
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    hahaha No problem....I cant offer you a recession rate but I can off you great quality products and the best onsite, online, and phone service in all of the industry!!!!! :weightlifter:
     
  10. Alan B

    Alan B Sponsor
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    Lightsonlyman,

    www.LandscapeLightingWorld.com is where you can get the Volt transformers David G was talking about (DG, thank you).

    We do have the lowest "recession buster" prices on professional transformers that I am aware of anywhere.

    Volt transformers have:
    -Toroidal cores (run cooler, quieter, are more efficient and last longer than laminated magnetic core transformers), stainless steel cabinets, 12-22 volt multitaps, separate circuits for each 300w with dedicated toggle switch breakers, built-in photocell and timer receptacles, each tap can hold up 6 runs. Very reliable (never had one returned or failed since we began selling them), consistent voltage, great professional transformer...and in my opinion the best value you can find.
    10 year warranty
    UL Listed

    300, 600w, 900w, 1200w, photocells, timers, immediate shipping, lowest prices anywhere.

    Give me a call and I would be happy to take care of whatever you need. (dedicated lighting pro's should always call me as we can always take care of things that are not listed or priced as needed on the website).

    Sincerely,

    Alan B
     

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