Need help on converting 24v low voltage xenon pendants to LED

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Question Need help on converting 24v low voltage xenon pendants to LED

I have 3 "Chill" pendants that were made by LBL lighting. They operate via a 12v low voltage transformer that goes to a BRAIDED coaxial wire with a ceramic socket for a GY6.35 xenon bulb.

I have HAD IT with these pendtants. The ceramic plug at the end of the braided line burns up every 6-12 months, and with three pendants, I am basically constantly replacing the stupid braided wire and socket (it comes as one piece). Even worse, now stock is limited and it seems like $55 per replacement! It is also an hour of annoying work to get the braided line cut just right, put into the set screws just right, etc etc. I am DONE!

Attaching links/PDFs of what I have now in case it is not clear.

I have found standard two-wire ceramic GY6.35 sockets for $2 each, but I just don't see HOW I could solder it or get it to work with the braided coaxial setup that it uses. ( )

I would like to replace the setup with something modern, dimmable, maybe LED.

Key questions/info:

-EACH of my three pendants has its own 12v low voltage transformer up in the recessed box in the ceiling.

- Am I missing an obvious/easy way to use the $2 replacement two-wire socket with the braided coax set-up that it has? I just can't see soldering the braid to the ground with any success, much less getting the length right when it's all said and done.

- Thinking about dumping that old setup and going with something reliable
- Are there potential options for changing out the wiring type that let me keep my glass pendants themselves? Guessing not, but I do like them and they weren't cheap

- If I were to start from scratch, I know nothing about dimmable LED pendant options/wiring.... is it as "simple" as undoing the transformers that are there for my LBL pendants so that I have regular house wiring exposed, and then attaching whatever new LED/low voltage transformer comes with the new setup? Are they typically individual transformers like I have now, or are most one master transformer that goes to X number of pendants?

Any other questions or pictures I can provide, just let me know!

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Old 04-26-20, 09:33 AM
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You linked to a replacement socket. That's not going to help. You need a working cord and socket set up for holding the pendant. You can get replacement bi pin LED bulbs that will plug in directly but I'm not sure if you're going to get enough usable light from them. You may need to try different bulbs to find something acceptable.

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