02:59PM | 08/17/08
Member Since: 08/07/07
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I bought a Utilitech 5 light Xenon light kit w/transformer and dimmer. I'm wondering if it's safe to run the kit with just 4 of these lights instead of 5. I can disconnect individual lights but I lose some dimming capabilities. The transformer output is 12v 60w and each light is 10w.


03:17PM | 08/18/08
Member Since: 01/09/07
197 lifetime posts
Yes, it is.

It's almost always OK to run electrical items at less than the maximum load; in fact, it's usually a good idea.

Your living room wiring is probably rated for 1800-2400 watts, but it's common to have only 1 or 2 60-watt bulbs in use.

In fact, your lighting unit is already underrated by the manufacturer: it has 5 10-watt lights, for a total of 50 watts, but the supply transformer is 60 watts.


04:27PM | 08/18/08
Member Since: 08/07/07
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Thanks. I had a similar situation years back with Christmas Tree lights with almost disasterous results. Thanks again.


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