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Power cord on transformer

Discussion in 'Landscape Lighting' started by pete scalia, Dec 19, 2007.

  1. Pro-Scapes

    Pro-Scapes LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,180

    great Joey. Glad to provide feedback for someone willing to listen and make the changes.

    While your at it we want about 12 inches of wiring compartment space but dont make the cabinets bigger :)

    I know the perfect transformer layout is out there and will crush the market if it can be produced at a reasonable cost.
  2. NightScenes

    NightScenes LawnSite Silver Member
    Male, from Kingsland, Texas
    Messages: 2,209

    Joey, I like the looks of a single larger conduit coming into a transformer. The units I use have a 1 1/4" KO for a nice clean look.
  3. klkanders

    klkanders LawnSite Senior Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 849

    Same here Paul. I have always used the larger KO for the beefier look and ease of pulling wire. I mentioned earlier I just wish the transformer plug was a 90 degree version for ease and better look under the outlet cover.
  4. Pro-Scapes

    Pro-Scapes LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,180

    same for me. We always use the 1 1/4 and have plenty of room. I think Cast has even gone to 1 1/2 on the newer big boys and include the conduit... nipple and lockring with it.

    90 degree cords would be slick in most cases but what if you have something else plugged in there too ? we often plug in with the irrigation timer or have 2 600's plugged in together.
  5. INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting

    INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,102

    The problem with using a 90 deg. plug at the end of the transformer supply wire is that these tend to block the second outlet of the receptacle. This is especially problematic when you are using 'weatherproof while in use covers' which tend to limit access to the receptacle.

    Unless the receptacle is dedicated to supply the transformer with power, this can be a problem.
  6. klkanders

    klkanders LawnSite Senior Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 849

    Ya guys I see what you are saying especially with the deeper in-use covers. OK then how about a 45 degree cord? :)
  7. JoeyD

    JoeyD LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,933

    I really do appreiate the feedback. I am cutting and pasting your feedback into an email to my PE as we speak. I would love to see a larger knockout as well. Oh and byt he way I amde a mistake yesterday. When reading my response I had a brain fart and meant to tell you guys our new units will accept up to 1" conduit. We have always been 1/2" and 3/4" now we will be 3/4" and 1" on all units.
  8. Pro-Scapes

    Pro-Scapes LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,180

    your transformers seem rather compact compared to some Joey... Why cant we just make it a bit bigger to include all these. I think when a manu brings the perfect contractor inpired trans to the market (nates been a manu too long to qualify) he will make a ton of em. The Iforce is a very innovative idea.

    On another note.. . the vented cans may not fly to well here. We have some nasty wasps and dirt dobbers that would love to nest in there.
  9. JoeyD

    JoeyD LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,933

    The occasional bug nest occurs on all units vented or not. I think it is ineveitable to have a bug cozy up to the warm unit.
  10. pete scalia

    pete scalia LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 960

    Transformers are in the ice ages. When will someone step up and do the right thing?

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