VOLT® 150 Watt (12v-15v) Multi-Tap Low Voltage Transformer
An ideal transformer for small- to medium-sized projects!
- High Performance Toroidal Core
- Multi-Tap 12-15V
- Lifetime Warranty
- ETL Listed
VOLT® 150 Watt (12-15v) Multi-Tap Low Voltage Transformer for LED Landscape Lighting
Suitable for small- to medium-sized projects, this 150-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:
- 150-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
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 volts 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:
- Laminated/stacked cores (also known 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.
- 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 on 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.
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.
Learn more: How to Install a Low Voltage Transformer
Still have questions about transformer types? Call our lighting specialists at 813-978-3700.