low voltage lights with dimmer

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Old 06-10-03, 07:33 AM
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low voltage lights with dimmer

I want to hook up some low voltage lights made by Starfire Lighting in a bookshelf (strip lights). They are 24 volts and require a magnetic transformer. I would like to be able to dim them. The rep told me that this would require a low voltage dimmer. Where would I buy this, and how would this be hooked up since there will be line voltage going to the transformer, and then three pairs of leads (one set for each pair of light tubes).
Also, is a magnetic transformer noisy? I was going to place it in a cabinet under the bookshelf. Should I remotely mount it in the basement under the cabinet? Thanks.
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Old 06-10-03, 10:30 AM
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You can get a low voltage dimmer from eny electrical supply house check your yellow pages for the one nearest you. The instructions to connect the dimmer should be with the unit when you purchase it. As for the noise of the transformers many don't produce that much noise but occasionally you will hit one that is a problem where ever you decide to mount it make sure it is ventalated properly as if it isn't then you start to have major problems.
 
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would a cabinet that is about 2 foot by 2 foot by 3 feet be ok, or should I mount the transformer in the basement under the cabinet?
 
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The cabinet should be ok and have more then enough room around it but you would still have to make sure there is a way for air movement.
 
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Thanks for the advice. i have just one more question.
The total wattage of all the lamps is 126 watts. The transformer that the lighting company recommends is a magnetic 120v/24v capable of 250 watts. I will be using a dimmer compatible with the magnetic transformer.
Will there be any problems with flickering, etc since the total load is about 50% of the max for the transformer?
Thanks again.
Dave
 
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I don't think you should have any issues if you are useing the manufacturer sudgested methods.
 
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