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Old 08-01-2010, 07:14 AM   #1
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I had new cabinets put in and the electrician came and put in under cabinet puck lighting that had transformers in the cabinet. The wiring is all behind the wall except for the wire running to the pucks. My problem is that the electrician wired 4 20 watt lights to a 12531BK 60 watt transformer. You know what happens next. The lights are rather dim especially compared to the 2 on the right side that are connected to another transformer. These are made by Kichler. What can I do? The cabinets are in and I don't want the guy back. All I need to do is switch to a larger transformer right? If so, does Kichler make an 80 watt transformer? If not, who does and what should I do? Thanks.

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Old 08-01-2010, 07:39 AM   #2
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the spec info for them should tell you the total lights per TR...another thing to check is did he wire them in series(like christmas lights)or parallel pair of wires off the low voltage side and stack each light on the pair supplying the low voltage.the resistance changes with both wiring either way...to see if they are in series lite the low dimmed one up then disconnect any one if the run goes out your in series....

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Old 08-01-2010, 08:23 AM   #3
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The transformers are 60 watt transformers. Kichler 12531BK 60 watt transformer. They can handle 60 watts. He wired 4 lights to this one transformer. I am pretty sure they are in parallel just by looking at the wires. Eight wires come out of the wall and then split off into each light.
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thats parallel as you descibe it...is i possible the connections are marked to be connected certain ways ?take the dimmed run out and try each lite seperate directly to the TR then add them one at a time see if the previous one starts to dimm...something is pulling on those watts
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Get a larger transformer.
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There is no mystery here. 80 watts of 12v light on a 60 watt transformer.
Simply replace the transformer with the larger one.

Either your guy did not notice this, or he didn't think it would matter. A shame either way.
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There are 12V lights using LED technology. If replacing the transformer is not reasonable (hard to believe that this would be the case) you could also try fixtures requiring less power.
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That's a joke right?
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Old 08-01-2010, 04:25 PM   #10
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We have your side, but we need his side before we can know if he should be allowed on the job side.
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Not that he did a bad job it is that he will have to drive 85 miles just to do this little job. The drive mileage will kill me just for that. Why would you need his side anyway? He installed a 60 watt trans for an 80 watt setting? Case closed.
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Why not split the wiring to two of the smaller transformers? That should be simple and put the same draw (and the same light level )as the other circuit.
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Could you kindly explain. I am not sure what to do. Thanks.
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Could you kindly explain. I am not sure what to do. Thanks.
What he is saying is if you can't find a larger tranny, you can just get a second one. Then you can use your current for 2 lights and the new one for the other 2 lights.
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I understand that. Thanks. I am not sure how that would be done because there are only one wire coming in to the transformer. It has two wires but it only the one wire.

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