VOLT® 300 Watt (12v-15v) Multi-Tap Low Voltage Transformer for Landscape Lighting

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An ideal transformer for medium- to large-sized projects!

  • High Performance Toroidal Core
  • Multi-Tap 12-15V
  • Lifetime Warranty
  • ETL Listed.
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VOLT® 300 Watt (12-15v) Multi-Tap Low Voltage Transformer for LED Landscape Lighting

Suitable for medium- to large-sized projects, this 300-watt landscape lighting transformer is extremely durable and features top-of the-line internal & external components. Designed to achieve professional results and commercial reliability, no other transformers on the market match the performance and features of this product.

Features & Benefits:

  • 300-watt capacity with four voltage taps (12V, 13V, 14V, and 15V) to allow the installer to compensate for voltage loss.
  • Toroidal core for more reliable, efficient, cooler and quieter operation than EI laminated transformers.
  • Control device receptacles for optional timers and photocells so you can set ON/OFF times.
  • Spacious wire compartment makes installation a breeze.
  • Stainless steel enclosure with lockable hinged lid.
  • Colored wire markers & installation manual.
  • ETL Listed
  • Lifetime warranty on core and enclosure | Other electrical components - 5 years

For Your Information: Transformer Technology

What are Magnetic Transformers?

These transformers use two coils, a primary coil and a secondary coil, to reduce the voltage from 120 volt down to 12 volts. The primary coil carries the line voltage (108 v to 132 v). The flow of electricity through the primary coil induces a magnetic field that creates a current in the secondary coil. Since the secondary coil has 10 times fewer windings, it creates a current with 10 times lower voltage.

Two Magnetic Types. There are two types of magnetic landscape lighting transformers. These vary by the type of core:

  1. Laminated/stacked cores (also know as EI type). Laminated or stacked windings have sheets wrapped in copper wire that are then stacked or laminated together to make a core. This is the more common, less expensive method for manufacturing a core. These are less efficient, run hotter and are noisier than toroidal cares.
  2. Toroidal cores. These are one solid unit shaped like a donut and have the windings wrapped around the donut, in and out of the donut hole. Toroidal cores are more efficient, experience less buzz, and run cooler but are more expensive to make.

The choice of whether or not to use a toroidal core also depends the system load. Systems with relatively high loads - such as lighting systems with 10 or more fixtures, benefit the most from toroidal cores; smaller systems - such as those with less than 50 watts of load, are served well with EI laminated types. This is why VOLT® sells its smallest transformer (75 watt capacity) with an EI core.

What are Electronic Transformers?

This transformer type converts the 120 volt current to 12 volts by first increasing the frequency of the current (from 60 Hz to as high as 20,000 Hz). The increased frequency allows the use of a miniature core enabling the transformer to be very small, light, and inexpensive. The biggest downside is that their high frequency current may not be compatible with LED circuits. These currents also suffer from extensive voltage loss compared to magnetic types. A 12-volt electronic transformer must be positioned within about 10 ft. of the fixture. Electronic transformers are also subject to overheating and premature failure. For all these reasons, VOLT® only uses electronic transformers for indoor lights such as under-cabinet and strip lighting.

Still have questions about transformer types? Call our lighting specialists at 813-978-3700.

Installation Guide

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Materials
  • Non-brushed 304 stainless steel with removable cover
  • Stainless Steel
  • 60″ black 18 AWG SJTW cord and plug set
Electrical
  • 300W
  • 120V
  • 12V- 15V
  • Secondary: (1) 25A Magnetic Circuit Breakers; Primary: Automatic (auto reset) Thermal Breaker in core
Certifications
  • ETL Listed
Dimensions
  • 12.36″ height x 6″ width x 5.5″ depth
  • 13lbs

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Displaying question 1
  • Q:

    Hi there
    Tonight my lights went out.
    I checked everything and it seems that the orange on/off switch might be non functioning.
    If I flick the switch off then on the lights come back on.
    I tried this a few times and sometimes, when I going into the on position the lights flicker on/off, then go out.
    I have pushed the switch over hard now and the ligths are staying on, but it seems like the switch is fragile and sensitive.

    Is this normal?
    Should I do anything to fix it?

    thanks
    Mark
    Asked on 2/7/2017 by Mark from Livermore, CA

    1 answer

    • VOLT Lighting Specialist

      A:

      This is not normal. That is a breaker and will trip if there is something wrong down the line. There could be a couple of issues, but without troubleshooting, we would not be able to pin point the part that is causing the issue. If you could, please call customer service, and we can figure out the problem and get you back up and running.

      Answered on 2/8/2017 by VOLT Customer Support
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VOLT® 300 Watt (12v-15v) Multi-Tap Low Voltage Transformer for Landscape Lighting
 
4.8

(based on 85 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (71)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (11)

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    (2)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great, if you buy the electric eye, BE CAREFUL w/knock out

I was between this model and the one for more money that had the cools snap in wire feature. This was really easy to setup. VERY high quality and nice looking unit. My...Read complete review

I was between this model and the one for more money that had the cools snap in wire feature. This was really easy to setup. VERY high quality and nice looking unit. My only complaint, and why only 4 stars, is I also bought the electric eye, well the knock out, specifically for where this accessory plugs in, has an inner knockout (the correct sized one) and a larger one around it (too !$#(@$* big). I didn't notice this until it was too late. I had read reviews and thought this complaint was just about the knockouts at the bottom of the unit, and I purchased the larger conduit so I wouldn't run into a problem. So stupid, just make the knockout so it works with your accessory, which is the only reason you would put a hole in the box right there. Luckily I had a washer that worked and went around the plastic connector okay, could have been a real PITA.

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A couple of issues

I recently installed this unit and while the quality seems very good I did have a couple of issues.

After reading the directs and trying to connect the wires to the taps I...Read complete review

I recently installed this unit and while the quality seems very good I did have a couple of issues.

After reading the directs and trying to connect the wires to the taps I discovered that 3 of the 4 taps were so tight that I could not loosen them. The screw head slots were not deep enough so the screwdriver could not get a grip and kept slipping off. I was able to loosen just one of the taps to use.

issue two was the timer, when inserted all the way in the socket it would not work, after playing with it some more I discovered that if I pulled it out part way it would operate . I am not sure if it is the timer or the socket that is the problem but it is working and after installation I do not want to have to take it all apart. Just so everyone knows that there are issues and a way to get around them , if you only plan on using one tap of the four.

At least the quality of construction of the unit seems better than anything being sold at the box stores but I guess time will tell

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4.0

Great transformer but 2 ways it could be improved

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from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about VOLT® 300 Watt (12v-15v) Multi-Tap Low Voltage Transformer for Landscape Lighting:

This is a great transformer at a great price. The only two items that would fall under a wish list is that the knock out hole on the side is sized for two different sized knock outs. As far as I know, the only use for the hole is for the photo cell which requires the smaller knock out. It takes some work to knock out the small hole without knocking out the large hole as well. If the larger hole is knocked out you must then buy a washer/and or rubber gasket to fill hole.
Second item is that the transformer can be turned on automatically by photo cell OR Timer but the photo cell and timer would not work for me together, meaning if you want the lights to turn on at dusk but then turn off after a set time (instead of sunrise). I could not get that function to work. I was using the astronomic timer so this may work with the mechanical timer.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good Transformer

By 

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about VOLT® 300 Watt (12v-15v) Multi-Tap Low Voltage Transformer for Landscape Lighting:

Good Transformer...need a retainer boot made for the knockouts for photocels though...this is a must to keep watertight. I use silicon but would be better if there was a retainer boot of some sort.

 
5.0

I would definitely purchase š

By 

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about VOLT® 300 Watt (12v-15v) Multi-Tap Low Voltage Transformer for Landscape Lighting:

Top notch product with quality and value that cannot be beat anywhere else. These products are durable that should last a long time.

 
5.0

Landscape lighting transformer

By 

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about VOLT® 300 Watt (12v-15v) Multi-Tap Low Voltage Transformer for Landscape Lighting:

Top quality product and ez to install and startup. I used the smart timer with it, so there is no need for a photo cell.

 
5.0

Excellent durability and price point

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from undisclosed

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Comments about VOLT® 300 Watt (12v-15v) Multi-Tap Low Voltage Transformer for Landscape Lighting:

Great always work very well.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great, if you buy the electric eye, BE CAREFUL w/knock out

By 

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about VOLT® 300 Watt (12v-15v) Multi-Tap Low Voltage Transformer for Landscape Lighting:

I was between this model and the one for more money that had the cools snap in wire feature. This was really easy to setup. VERY high quality and nice looking unit. My only complaint, and why only 4 stars, is I also bought the electric eye, well the knock out, specifically for where this accessory plugs in, has an inner knockout (the correct sized one) and a larger one around it (too !$#(@$* big). I didn't notice this until it was too late. I had read reviews and thought this complaint was just about the knockouts at the bottom of the unit, and I purchased the larger conduit so I wouldn't run into a problem. So stupid, just make the knockout so it works with your accessory, which is the only reason you would put a hole in the box right there. Luckily I had a washer that worked and went around the plastic connector okay, could have been a real PITA.

 
5.0

High quality product

By 

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about VOLT® 300 Watt (12v-15v) Multi-Tap Low Voltage Transformer for Landscape Lighting:

Well made and good looking. Versatile power outputs. Works great in my installation.

 
5.0

Great transformer

By 

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about VOLT® 300 Watt (12v-15v) Multi-Tap Low Voltage Transformer for Landscape Lighting:

Great quality, compact that fits into numerous places

 
5.0

Would reccomend above all

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from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about VOLT® 300 Watt (12v-15v) Multi-Tap Low Voltage Transformer for Landscape Lighting:

extremely well mell and durable. Was skeptacle at first but when it arrived I could tell it would hold up for years to come. Very easy to hook up and connect was done in just a few minutes. Would recommend this product to anyone replacing or doing a new instillations

 
5.0

Great product

By 

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about VOLT® 300 Watt (12v-15v) Multi-Tap Low Voltage Transformer for Landscape Lighting:

Worked great and easy to install

 
5.0

A quality product

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from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about VOLT® 300 Watt (12v-15v) Multi-Tap Low Voltage Transformer for Landscape Lighting:

Well constructed, easy to set up and professional looking. This is my second purchase. The first one is two years old and looks and works great.

 
5.0

One of the best transformers on the market!

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from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about VOLT® 300 Watt (12v-15v) Multi-Tap Low Voltage Transformer for Landscape Lighting:

Very pleased with the functionality of this product. Innovative with the way the wires attach.

 
5.0

i always buy it i like the product

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from undisclosed

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Comments about VOLT® 300 Watt (12v-15v) Multi-Tap Low Voltage Transformer for Landscape Lighting:

is small and power full also is good looking

 
5.0

I would recommend these to everyone

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from undisclosed

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Comments about VOLT® 300 Watt (12v-15v) Multi-Tap Low Voltage Transformer for Landscape Lighting:

Love these transformers. Have used multiple times now. Love the fact that the taps are angled out, makes it much easier to install the wires on

 
5.0

Great transformer!

By 

from Peoria, IL

Comments about VOLT® 300 Watt (12v-15v) Multi-Tap Low Voltage Transformer for Landscape Lighting:

I have two other low voltage transformers and this transformer by far, is the best. It's quiet, easy to hook up and the people at volt are amazing to work with!

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Transformer...

By 

from MA United States

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Comments about VOLT® 300 Watt (12v-15v) Multi-Tap Low Voltage Transformer for Landscape Lighting:

Overall this unit is excellent so far. Only problem is the 1/2" 3/4" knockouts are TERRIBLE! The 1/2" is literally inside of the 3/4" making it impossible to just remove the 1/2". I tried to remove two of the 1/2" knowing that this could be an issue and I tried to clamp the 3/4" and made several other attempts but fail both times. Appears impossible and when I called customer service as soon as I said knockout they knew exactly what I was talking about so clearly this is an ongoing issue with these. Their solution was a list of parts at my expense to fix it! An easy fix would be to just make them separate and this could not happen. Sad when they go this far to make a decent product but fall short to save a few pennies...

 
4.0

300 watt unit

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from woodinville, WA United States

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Comments about VOLT® 300 Watt (12v-15v) Multi-Tap Low Voltage Transformer for Landscape Lighting:

have used this transformer many times on my jobs it has ever let me down in the last 5 years

 
5.0

Easy to use and reliable

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from SAN ANTONIO, TX United States

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Comments about VOLT® 300 Watt (12v-15v) Multi-Tap Low Voltage Transformer for Landscape Lighting:

This is the first landscape transformer I have bought outside a big box store. It is set up with clearly marked large openings for attaching the wires to the appropriate terminals. It also looks professional once installed. I added a timer and everything is working perfectly.

 
5.0

Transformer

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from Fort Denaud, FL United States

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Comments about VOLT® 300 Watt (12v-15v) Multi-Tap Low Voltage Transformer for Landscape Lighting:

We have installed a number of these units and they all work very well. Will always use Volt as the Quality is always there, and I only want to do this ones and not get a call back !! Unless it is to install more !!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Well-built product

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from Merritt Island, FL United States

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Comments about VOLT® 300 Watt (12v-15v) Multi-Tap Low Voltage Transformer for Landscape Lighting:

I can't think of anything bad to say about this transformer. The stainless steel enclosure is sealed with weatherstripping around the door. The wire connections are screw compression jaws that are very easy to use. I added the timer and photocell options (with the 10' extension on the photocell). It all works together perfectly. On a related note, this company has the most amazing shipping service of any I've ever encountered. I made 3 online orders so far and each order was shipped within 2 hours and arrived the next day -- and this was advertised as normal shipping.

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