Help identifying exterior step lighting


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Old 07-24-20, 06:21 PM
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Help identifying exterior step lighting

Hi, can anyone identify this lighting, or point me to a place that can help me identify it? I've done some Google searching without success. It's an outdoor step lighting that is recessed in the vertical riser of two concrete steps outside our 1990 home we just bought. (It may have been added later in remodeling.)
I was hoping to learn a little more about this system before I messed with it.
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Thanks very much!
 
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I can't tell you the make or model but I can tell you that it looks to be a low voltage lighting system because I have never seen a wedge base lamp that was line (120V) voltage that does not mean they don't exist but I am pretty sure they don't
 
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Old 07-24-20, 08:01 PM
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I would agree it looks like a low voltage (12V) bulb. If that is the case there will be a transformer that runs them.
If you can't find any transformer than you'll need to measure the voltage there as most of those older step lights were 120v.

The box is cemented in and may be tough to replace.
RAB was pretty much the "go to" company for those fixtures. Their online address is www.rablighting.com but they appear to be offline tonight.

Stonco was another popular company for those lights.
 
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Thanks. I mainly would like to get replacement bulbs to see if the system is still working and I don't know what bulb types these are.
 
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Since you mentioned "wedge base" bulb I did a search using that and found what appears to be a match: a 4-watt T5 12-volt bulb:
https://www.amazon.com/Philips-41603.../dp/B006G4P874

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They're cheap enough I can probably buy a few and try them out. What's the worst that could happen?
 
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If you try a 12v bulb where you have 120v..... the bulb may explode.
Make sure the circuit is off before replacing the bulb.
 
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Thanks... always good advice!

I'll let you all know the result when I can get around to trying new bulbs. It's low on the priority list...
 
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My new 12V bulbs arrived and I finally was able to try them out today. They worked great and the lights are on again. Thank you all for your help!

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That means there is a 120v to 12v transformer hidden away somewhere.
At some point those sockets will become unusable. You can switch over to LED modules.

 
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Thanks, the transformer is in the garage. It controls these lights plus a number of other garden landscape lights all around the house.
 
 

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