Address light transformer

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Old 09-15-08, 01:55 AM
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Address light transformer

I am replacing my exterior address light with a newer type sign. The one installed now is original when the house was built in 1966. It has one lamp which was not installed when I moved in. There was no socket so I just hard wired an automotive 12v lamp, which was a bit dim but it worked okay. I don't know the specs on the current transformer but I measured the voltage with my meter and I found it to be 13.33v AC.

My new light unit has two xenon bulbs and the manufacture says it requires a class ll transformer rated at 16V, 10w.

Will my current transformer run this new light, or should I replace it? There is nothing else connected to the transformer.

Here's a link to the install file for the light unit:
http://star.walagata.com/w/fubar94/HC221.pdf

Thanks...Randy
 
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Old 09-15-08, 04:19 PM
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Randy, it is most likely not the voltage, but the amperage rating that will be the determining factor. What is the amperage rating on your transformer? You may be able to use one of the mushroom light transformers, which will handle up to 15 or so lights at a time. And if your transformer is 42 years old, yep replace it with one of the proper voltage/amperage.

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Old 09-16-08, 01:30 AM
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Thanks Chandler. Pretty much what I thought. I just wanted to hear someone else say it.

I will buy a new one.

Randy
 
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