Electrical transformers are a necessary component that helps to ensure both the safety and functionality of any low voltage landscape lighting system. These crucial pieces convert standard line voltage of 120 volts to a low voltage current of 12 volts, making it so the standard current doesn’t overload the low voltage system. While there are plenty of electrical transformers made for indoor use, outdoor fixtures require specially designed housings and components that are made to be durable, water resistant, and weather proof. Outdoor transformers are intended to withstand harsh and unsheltered conditions for year-round use.
When selecting the right outdoor transformers for your needs, there are a few different aspects of these accessories that you should consider:
•Total Wattage – To ensure that you’re lighting will run safely, be sure to select a transformer that is rated for an overall wattage that exceeds the total wattage of all fixtures attached to it.
•Type of Power Supply – Different outdoor transformers are designed to be plugged directly into a standard electrical socket, while others are intended to be hardwired into a system. Although sometimes these can be converted, it is best to select one that matches your installation style.
•Extra Features – Some outdoor transformers can feature extra functionality such as integrated timers or photocells for managing landscape lighting usage and ensuring that lights are only on when you want them to be. Other models also feature a lock on the housing, which can be particularly useful to protect access to your lighting controls in a commercial setting.
We offer a great selection of landscape lighting transformers with all of these features, from top brands in the industry such as Hinkley Lighting, JESCO, and Progress Lighting. And as always, all our products ship free, regardless of product weight or order total. So get started building your ideal low voltage lighting system today!