24v Outdoor Post Lamp


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Old 09-25-19, 11:34 PM
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24v Outdoor Post Lamp

I have a rare bird in my yard. Builder installed a 24v post lamp. I think it's a dumb (cheap) design. In my garage is a 24v transformer (that is always on) plugged into a socket. Low voltage wire is run in the ground out to the pole. The fixture was made for low voltage, 24v candelabra base incandescent bulbs. They're not the most fun to find around here. On the pole is a light sensor switch that just completes the circuit.

What I'm looking to do is replace the old fixture on the post as it is in really rough shape after 16 years. As much as I hate the setup, I don't feel like going to the trouble of running 120v out there. The question I have is what kind of fixture can I get? I've seen plenty of 24v LED lights that can run pretty bright. What's to stop me from picking up a regular fixture that's made for 120v bulbs and installing a 24v LED bulb?
 
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Old 09-26-19, 04:42 AM
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The first thing that comes to mind is that bulbs for 120 VAC have a different base than 24 VDC bulbs so at the minimum you would have to replace the socket in the fixture.
 
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Old 09-26-19, 05:53 AM
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Look into solar light fixtures.
 
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Old 09-26-19, 06:11 AM
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If you are able to find a LED that fits then be sure to mark the fixture/socket as 24 volt.

But as Pilot Dave said you will probably end up having to replace the socket,
 
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Old 09-26-19, 08:36 PM
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@Pilot Dane I did a quick search and found these on Amazon. I'm assuming they'd be the same base as their 120 VAC counterparts. https://www.amazon.com/Voltage-Cande...H1Z/ref=sr_1_4 Seems that the 24 VDC is just not that common. I find much more 12 VDC. Perhaps I should replace my transformer to a 12 VDC model as well. Far more options in bulbs.

@joed Solar and LED were born for each other. Unfortunately, I live in Michigan. They wouldn't work all that great during the winter months.

@manden labeling the fixture is a fantastic idea. Something I would have been too dumb to come up with myself.
 
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Old 09-27-19, 06:39 AM
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A standard light fixture will operate fine on 12 or 24 volts as it is rated for 120 volts max.
 
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