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

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VOLT® 300 Watt (12v-15v) Multi-Tap Low Voltage Transformer VOLT® 300 Watt (12v-15v) Multi-Tap Low Voltage Transformer VOLT® 300 Watt (12v-15v) Multi-Tap Low Voltage Transformer
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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 cores.
  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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  • Q:

    Could you use an outdoor rated z-wave switch instead of a timer or photocell to control these transformers instead of a timer or photocell?
    Asked on 4/18/2017 by Brian from Oregon

    1 answer

    • VOLT Lighting Specialist

      A:

      Since the transformer is designed to plug into a GFI outlet, you can control the power feed to that GFI outlet. As far as what kind of switch and configuration, you should consult with an electrician.

      Answered on 4/18/2017 by Anonymous
  • 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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5.0

Great Product for so many reasons

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Very flexible and easy to use. Also very nice looking

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Great Product

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from Pittsburgh

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I bought a 300 w step down unit and was/am impressed by its construction. I love stainless exterior fixtures! It seemed to be just what I needed but I had a question about how much current it drew during the day (when no load was being drawn by my post lights) when I heard that "hum" when I plugged it in. I found my trusty meter - the kind that passes a loop around a live line - and measured that the transformer was drawing about 3 watts (yep, the same amount that one of my nite-lights draws) when the lights aren't on. So no worries.

If you're adding exterior lighting, these are the guys that you want to be dealing with.

This is a quality product at a fair price. I'll recommend it to friends, and I'd buy it again.

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