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Low voltage lighting transformers are a common way to power residential landscape lighting, but even within this narrowed category of transformers, there are two variations to consider: single tap transformers and multi-tap transformers. In order to choose which type of low voltage landscape lighting transformer is best for your situation, it is best to be informed of both types, how they are commonly used, and what benefits they provide.
Multi-tap transformers are ideally suited for landscape lighting because they provide a flexible input and output for the voltage requirements. Terminals may have outputs ranging from 12 volts to 15 volts or up to 24 volts.
Using a multi-tap transformer can help you better manage the lighting brightness, power distribution, and minimize the voltage loss of your outdoor landscape lighting. Since it is capable of transforming energy into various voltages, you can customize the amount of voltage each light or line of lights receives to create your desired brightness and power flow.
The more pieces on a wire, the more you risk voltage drops and dimmed lights. As energy flows through the wire, it essentially branches off to each light. The flow of electrical energy diminishes for each time it has to branch off, which means that lights at the end of the line may not have enough energy to shed the same light. That is why wire runs are often split down the middle and center to evenly distribute power throughout all your lights and reduce voltage drops.
Wire splitting and even distribution is an effective way to combat voltage drops, but if you are using a multi-tap transformer, you may also move the wire to a terminal with higher voltage to compensate for voltage drops caused by long distances or a high number of landscape lights.
In residential spaces, perhaps the most common and practical power source is a low voltage lighting transformer. Multi-tap transformers in particular are a popular source of power because of their ability to customize the voltage directed through each line, their flexibility with wiring, and overall affordability. With this knowledge in mind, you may now choose a landscape lighting transformer that will best suit your home’s specific landscaping and lighting needs.
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