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 to UL standard
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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 to UL standard
  • 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
  • UL Listed
Dimensions
  • 12.36″ height x 6″ width x 5.5″ depth
  • 13lbs

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300W Transformer

After 5 years of fairly reliable years of service, my "K" transformer failed at the timer. They offered no replacement timer or any advise other than use an external timer which...Read complete review

After 5 years of fairly reliable years of service, my "K" transformer failed at the timer. They offered no replacement timer or any advise other than use an external timer which severely detracts from my clean design visable from anywhere in the yard.

Knowing timers and sensors are the typical points of failure on these fairly pricy components, I looked to other manufacturers for a replacement. After exhaustive research, I found this VOLT transformer that had pretty much everything outside the transformer itself set up as plug & play inside an attractive weatherproof box. I ordered it last Monday, it arrived on Wednesday, and I installed it this past weekend.

Easy to install and I truly consider it an upgrade to the transformer I installed 5 years ago from "K". Given the obvious "top shelf" construction, this week I ordered some replacement lights as well. If they prove out as well as the transformer, I will slowly replace all my "K" lighting with VOLT products as well.

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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

Transformer...

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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 !!

 
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.

 
5.0

Transformer

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from Johnson City, TN United States

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

I have not put the product in service yet. But Customer Service was very helpful when I called and the products were delivered in 2 or 3 days with the standard shipping. I appreciate that!!!

 
5.0

300 Watt Landscape Lighting Transformer

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from Edmond, OK United States

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

This was absolutely a first class product at a bargain basement price. It was immediately apparent to someone as unsophisticated as I am about the technology, that this product appears to be much better than others that I have used. I anticipate that it will last many years.

 
5.0

Volt Products Rock!

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from North Richland Hills, TX United States

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

Do not waste your time at one of the home improvement box stores. Go with Volt, buy it once! Did the entire HOA entryway of our neighborhood with sign LED lights and tree downlights. It was easy, they sent everything out the day I ordered it. The product is top of the line, not cheap plastic stuff, this stuff is all metal.
Transformer with timer was easy to wire and set up.

We have had the volt lighting for over 2 years now. They are always there if you have a problem. We had one sign light start to fail. They paid return shipping, and sent us a new light within 5 days! no problems, they stand behind their stuff.

I will gladly give anyone a reference, just call me!

Randy DeOreo
Woodland Estates HOA

 
5.0

Complete System.

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from Mattapoisett, MA United States

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

Purchased 300 watt transformer, hardscape lights, mechanical timer, wire & bulbs.
Everything arrived in perfect condition. Assembly of all components was effortless and everything works great. Highly recommended.

 
5.0

solid box

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from Oakland, MI United States

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

I have 2 of these and they power approximately 20 LED lights each. no problem with power at all. I have the dusk to dawn sensor and very accurate. Love it.

 
5.0

All The Power You Need

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from New York, NY United States

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

Very well made. All the power you'll need, we're at 23 fixtures on four runs and all the lights shine bright. Be sure to the the right wire to finish it off right (speak with the staff - such great advice from them). Easy installation of the transformer as well as the run wires.

 
5.0

Low voltage transformer

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from Parrish, FL United States

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

Very nice product. Quality is real good.

 
5.0

the best transformer I've used

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from san diego, CA United States

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

Great Transformer, my install was in Florida and it was raining every day, this unit stay dry in side, Looks good and works to perfection. the setup video helps a lot for the DIY person.

 
5.0

A Perfect Fit

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from Marana, AZ United States

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

Professional quality with all the expected features. This is a very well-designed transformer and is perfect for all lighting projects with an electrical receptacle nearby. No problems with installation (and I'm a rookie) -- the video gave a few good tips. Note: 1/2" PVC conduit is maxed out with three 12 AWG output wires; consider 3/4" PVC.

 
5.0

The best Transformer

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from Clarksville, TN United States

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

This was a replacement for an older type that had only limited capabilities. This unit was the easiest to set up. This has done very good and I will be able to expand my system in the yard. Prime use is the 30 watt LED flood light for a 30 foot tall flagpole with flag, it looks great in the night while the wind is blowing. And also as a wall wash of the house.

 
5.0

No problem replacing 10-year-old transformer

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from Lincoln , NE United States

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

This fits in less space than the original and took about 20 minutes to install. Definitely worth making the change from the 10-year-old transformer.

 
5.0

Well-made and silent

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from CA United States

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

I have two of these transformers. They are well-made and silent. More importantly, my electrician likes them and is impressed by how inexpensive they are. They are apparently easy to install and they're doing a great job of lighting up my yard.

 
4.0

Good transformer

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from Cary, NC United States

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

I didn't really need a full 300 watts of power. but I gave some room for further additions. I measured my voltage drop with a good Fluke meter. Interestingly, the meter reading and the voltage drop formula were very close. I ended up on a 12v tip for my (6) 4w path lights and a 14v tip for my (6) 9w floods, both using 14/2 wire. I measured 11.25V-11.50V at the end of each run. I am using a Volt photo cell and that works well. There is a lot of helpful information in the little book supplied with the transformer.

The only thing I found annoying was actually inserting the wires into the transformer. It was best to lay it down to do the work and then hang it.

 
5.0

Transformer works like a charm

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from Waddell, AZ United States

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

I have purchased two transformers from the big box stores and they each lasted only a couple years. Obviously time will tell but the VOLT transformer is built way better. It was easy to install and before I bought the unit I called to ask a couple questions and they were fast and accurate with their responses.

I would highly suggest

 
5.0

Volt Multi-Tap Transformer

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from Moorpark, CA United States

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

I love this transformer. It is well built and totally weather resistant. It has enough room inside to install the wiring. The multi-tap allows for longer wire runs with constant voltage. It also looks professional and high tech.

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