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Old 03-28-2010, 02:22 PM   #1
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Low voltage under cabinet lighting question


My builder installed a 12v/60w transformer for our under cabinet lighting. The lights are falling apart so I want to replace them. I noticed the power wires are soldered to the lights.

I am buying replacements that look like they have wire leads (not metal contacts for soldering). My qestion is, should I be able to wire-nut these to the power chords? Any difference here and if not, why would the originals have been soldered. For that matter, why would they even have used low voltage? Seems silly to me given the whole house is 120v so why not just use the norm.

Anyway, my main question is just whether I can strip the leads from the new lights and the wires from the power source and just wire nut them together...any assistance is appreciated.

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The originals were probably manufactured that way. Wire nutting the new ones to the original feeds should work fine. Make sure the new ones are the same voltage and that they do not exceed the wattage of the transformer.

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The originals were probably manufactured that way. Wire nutting the new ones to the original feeds should work fine. Make sure the new ones are the same voltage and that they do not exceed the wattage of the transformer.

Yeah silly me tried to wire 120v units and then wondered why they didn't work lol.

Hey, by the way, there are 4 of these under my counters. Does each one have a transformer or would the house typically have one transformer for all of them? Just curious as I'd like to locate it/them in the basement.
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Not too sure what good they are under your counters. Anyway, if they are only 10 watt lamps then there might be only on transformer. If they are 20 watt lamps there might be 2 or more transformer. Transformers could be in a cabinet perhaps the kitchen sink base cabinet.
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Three twenty watters on the one switch. I'll have to go find it somehow...hopefully it's somewhere where i can get to it if I ever would need to. Thanks for the help!
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Not too sure what good they are under your counters.
Whoops....I meant cabinet Although, it does get dark under the counters too...for the dust bunnies.
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Whoops....I meant cabinet Although, it does get dark under the counters too...for the dust bunnies.
I guess you can certainly locate your pots and pans.

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