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latexia707

05:20AM | 11/29/06
Member Since: 11/01/06
34 lifetime posts
Hello,

I have 2 low voltage lighting fixtures on the same wire. They are 35 Watts lightbulbs (2 x 35w = 70w).

The transformer for this is rated 60W. So when I switch the lights on, they are not fully light.

Is it OK if I do this:

120v outlet - 35w transformer - 35w transformer - lights?

Thanks!


Billhart

06:20AM | 11/29/06
Member Since: 04/25/05
1915 lifetime posts
If these are magnetic transformers it is very, very hard to get them to share the power equaly. What will most likely happen over time is that one of them will burn out and then the other one.

If these are "electronic" transformers then you can not only have that problem with the switching electronics can really get confused and the light might blink and dim and go extra bright.


latexia707

08:19AM | 11/29/06
Member Since: 11/01/06
34 lifetime posts
the reason why i was asking about putting the 2 trnsformers togethet is because i just happened to have an extra transformer... and if it was safe to do what i wanted to do...

whre can i find a bigger transformer? my home depot doesn't have it...

thanks!

Billhart

10:02AM | 11/29/06
Member Since: 04/25/05
1915 lifetime posts
You lighting fixture or electrical supply house should have them.

Or a google on - low voltrage lighting transformer - will some online sources.

I don't want to go to big. Some of them, specially the "electronic transfomers" have a minimum load requirements.


joed

05:27AM | 11/30/06
Member Since: 09/17/02
524 lifetime posts
You have two fixtures and two transformers. You would be better off to put one transformer for each fixture.


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