Low Voltage Transformers2018-06-04T13:58:20+00:00

What Are Low Voltage Transformers?

Low voltage transformers are devices that provide power to various forms of outdoor lighting, such as recessed lights and patio lights. These transformers provide constant power to your lighting options by transforming the standard voltage of a home power supply into the lower wattage required by many outdoor lights. Since most forms of outdoor lighting do not operate on the same line voltage supply as other kinds of home lighting, such as a standing or desk lamp, a low voltage transformer allows your outdoor lights to get the kind of power they need. Many forms of low voltage transformers include timer options so that your outdoor lighting of choice kicks on automatically without you having to worry about manually turning it on and off.

When choosing a low voltage transformer, make sure to take into account the total wattage of power needed for your lights. If you have six lights that require fifty watts each, you need a low voltage transformer that can provide at least 300 watts of power, if not more. A good rule of thumb is to make sure your low voltage transformer has 20% more wattage available than the lights plugged into it. This gives the transformer a bit of leeway and can help make sure your lights get an adequate amount of power without overdrawing your transformer.

Here are some of the different kinds of low voltage transformers and how they are used.

Best Low Voltage Transformers For The Money

Here are some of the better examples of low voltage transformers available to buy:

SaleBestseller No. 1
HitLights 24 Watt (2 Amp) 12 Volt DC LED Light Strip Power Supply - UL-Listed, 110V AC to 12V DC Transformer - Driver for LED Tape Light and Other Low Voltage Devices (Security Systems, Cameras, and More)
463 Reviews
HitLights 24 Watt (2 Amp) 12 Volt DC LED Light Strip Power Supply - UL-Listed, 110V AC to 12V DC Transformer - Driver for LED Tape Light and Other Low Voltage Devices (Security Systems, Cameras, and More)
  • 12 VOLTS DC OUTPUT SUITABLE FOR LED STRIP LIGHTS and other low voltage devices such as security cameras audio and video gear and more. Ideal for LED installations in living rooms shelving lighted cabinets toe-kicks and more
  • PLUGS DIRECTLY INTO YOUR WALL OUTLET no hardwiring no soldering no electrician or electrical experience required. Includes output cable with a standard 5.5 x 2.1mm DC jack positive tip for connecting to your strip controller or dimmer
  • USE ANYWHERE - Great for a variety of indoor / interior uses including undercabinet lighting in kitchens ambient accent lighting in bedrooms lighting toekicks in bathrooms or adding backlighting to displays decorations or book shelves
  • RATED FOR 24 WATTS / 2A - Enough power to run one roll sixteen feet of 300 LED 3528 LED strip. Dimmable with 12-volt single color PWM dimmers and compatible with RGB controllers
  • HITLIGHTS QUALITY UL-LISTED. Backed by a two year warranty from HitLights for peace of mind. Contact our US-based customer service team at any time for no-hassle troubleshooting and replacement or for any questions about purchasing or installation
Bestseller No. 2
LEDwholesalers 12 Volt DC Waterpoof LED Power Suppply Driver Transformer with 3-Prong Plug, 30W, 3207
878 Reviews
LEDwholesalers 12 Volt DC Waterpoof LED Power Suppply Driver Transformer with 3-Prong Plug, 30W, 3207
  • IP68 waterproof rating
  • Converts AC voltage to 12V DC
  • Wire leads and 3-prong plug for easy connections
  • Automatic thermal & overload cut-off, short circuit protection
  • Efficient, long life, stable, and reliable
SaleBestseller No. 3
LED Power Supply, LEDMO Power Adapter, AC 100-240V to DC 12V Transformers, Power Supply for LED Strip Light, 60W Max, 5A
89 Reviews
LED Power Supply, LEDMO Power Adapter, AC 100-240V to DC 12V Transformers, Power Supply for LED Strip Light, 60W Max, 5A
  • LED power supply widely used for LED strip lights, led light bulbs and any 12V DC led lights
  • This item is power adapter (transformer) of Low Voltage Single colour or RGB LED strip lights
  • Easier installation, save time and more securer cable connection
  • Simply & Professional appearance for power cabling
  • Please be kindly informed that the total wattage of LED strip lights should not exceed the max wattage of this adaptor
SaleBestseller No. 5
PLUSPOE LED Light Strip 50W Dimmable Driver(4.15A),Magnetic,110V AC to 12V DC Transformer,Low Voltage Power Supply,Compatible with Lutron and Leviton dimmer, For Kitchens, Cabinets, Bedrooms and More
15 Reviews
PLUSPOE LED Light Strip 50W Dimmable Driver(4.15A),Magnetic,110V AC to 12V DC Transformer,Low Voltage Power Supply,Compatible with Lutron and Leviton dimmer, For Kitchens, Cabinets, Bedrooms and More
  • Upgraded design released in Nov 2017. The new design is smaller, lighter, has greater operating efficency, has over-current protection, and eliminates problems with buzzing and overheating.
  • Converts 110V AC to 12V DC while remaining compatible with standard TRIAC wall dimmers (including Lutron, Leviton, and most other standard household wall dimmers). Compatible with forward and reverse phase dimmers.
  • Easy to install, mount, and wire. Included AC and DC cords can be removed for use in hard wire installations.
  • Comes with 4.5 foot AC cord and 3.5 foot DC cord (both are detachable). DC cord has 5.5x2.1mm DC connector for use with most LED strip lights.
  • Compatible with 12v LED Strip light, LED puck light, module light or many other 12v LED lights
SaleBestseller No. 6
COOLWEST 24W 12V Power Supply Driver Transformer for LED Flexible Strip Light and G4, MR16 Light Bulbs
69 Reviews
COOLWEST 24W 12V Power Supply Driver Transformer for LED Flexible Strip Light and G4, MR16 Light Bulbs
  • Power 24 Watt, Input Voltage 100 -240 Volt, Output Voltage 12V DC 2000mA, Class 2 Power Supply
  • Ultra-small size, Length 3.7 in/Width 1.8 in/Height 0.9 in
  • Easy to install, mount, and wire
  • Built-in intelligent chipset, anti-thunder, with circuit protection function, short circuit, overcurrent, vervoltage overload
  • Suitable for MR11, MR16, G4 12V LED bulbs, lighting fixtures and moving sign applications
SaleBestseller No. 7
COOLWEST 60W 12V Power Supply Driver Transformer for LED Flexible Strip Light and G4 MR16 Light Bulbs
68 Reviews
COOLWEST 60W 12V Power Supply Driver Transformer for LED Flexible Strip Light and G4 MR16 Light Bulbs
  • Power 60 Watt, Input Voltage 100 -240V,Output Voltage 12V DC 5000mA, Class 2 Power Supply
  • Ultra-small size,Length 4.5in/Width 1.8in/Height 1.2in. Certification: CE,UL,CB , FCC,ROHS
  • Easy to install, mount, and wire;The starting time is less than 3 s
  • Built-in intelligent chipset,anti-thunder,with circuit protection function,short circuit,over current,overvoltage overload
  • Suitable for MR11, MR16, G4 12V LED bulbs, lighting fixtures and moving sign applications
Bestseller No. 8
LighTech LET-60 Electrical Transformer, 12V 60W Electronic Dimmable
237 Reviews
LighTech LET-60 Electrical Transformer, 12V 60W Electronic Dimmable
  • Dimmable Highly Efficient Light and Compact Permanent Protection on Output
Bestseller No. 9
LET-75 12V AC Class 2 Electronic Remote Transformer by Lightech
177 Reviews
LET-75 12V AC Class 2 Electronic Remote Transformer by Lightech
  • Max 75 watt 12 volt AC electronic transformer
  • Class 2 remote transformer
  • Input: 120 Volts, 60Hz, 0.635 Amps
  • Output max load: 11.7 Volts, 40 kHz, 6.35 Amps
  • Thermal auto reset 125c switch; UL listed
Bestseller No. 10
Hitlights 60 Watt LED Light Strip Power Supply - 5 Amps, 110V AC - 12V DC Transformer/Driver, UL-Listed
33 Reviews
Hitlights 60 Watt LED Light Strip Power Supply - 5 Amps, 110V AC - 12V DC Transformer/Driver, UL-Listed
  • 12 VOLTS DC OUTPUT SUITABLE FOR LED STRIP LIGHTS and other low voltage devices, such as security cameras, audio and video gear, and more. Ideal for LED installations in living rooms, shelving, lighted cabinets, toe-kicks, and more
  • PLUGS DIRECTLY INTO YOUR WALL OUTLET, no hardwiring, no soldering, no electrician or electrical experience required. Includes output cable with a standard 5.5 x 2.1mm DC jack (positive tip) for connecting to your strip, controller, or dimmer.
  • USE ANYWHERE - Great for a variety of indoor / interior uses including undercabinet lighting in kitchens, ambient accent lighting in bedrooms, lighting toekicks in bathrooms, or adding backlighting to displays, decorations, or book shelves.
  • RATED FOR 60 WATTS / 5A - Enough power to run forty-five feet of 300 LED 3528 LED strip. Compatible with 12-volt single color PWM dimmers and RGB controllers.
  • HITLIGHTS QUALITY, UL-LISTED. Backed by a two year warranty from HitLights for peace of mind. Contact our US-based customer service team at any time for no-hassle troubleshooting and replacement or for any questions about purchasing or installation.

Types of Low Voltage Transformers

Low Voltage Transformers Items

An Example Of Low Voltage Transformers

When looking into the various types of low voltage transformers, the obvious changing factor is the wattage of each transformer. This factor aside, low voltage transformers usually come in two styles, with some additional features thrown in.

The first style of low voltage transformer is the electronic transformer. Electronic transformers are more compact than their counterparts, and as such are perfect for hard-to-reach lighting areas, such as recessed lights. Keep in mind, electronic transformers are less durable than other forms of electronic transformers, and as such need to be replaced more often to prevent shock or fire hazards and to keep them working in tip-top shape.

The second form of low voltage transformers are magnetic transformers. While larger than the electronic transformer, these transformers are more durable and can usually produce more power. With the ability to power up to 1200 watts, these transformers are perfect for larger lights and more complex lighting schemes. Bear in mind, they do tend to be a bit heavier than their magnetic counterparts, so keep that in mind when installing them.

While both kinds of transformers can come in plastic and metal options, you probably want to encase any plastic transformers in a metal housing, like a junction box, to make it easier to install. If a transformer is “enclosed” or “encased” congratulations! It’s all set for you to install and should be fairly easy to connect to a terminal block.

When picking a low voltage transformer, make sure to double check the wattage you need and the amount of lights you intend to install. Using more than one transformer is a good idea for larger lighting projects, and you can look into timer-based transformers to help take some of the micromanagement out of your outdoor lighting.

The Latest In Low Voltage Transformers

New
LEDupdates 12v UL Listed Triac Dimmable Driver Transformer Constant Voltage Class 2 100v - 277v input Power Supply for LED Strip light Control by AC Wall Dimmer (12v 60w)
  • UL listed with the highest quality standard. Support 100v - 277v AC input
  • Convert 110v AC to 12v DC Compatible with Forward and Reverse phase, Triac Dimmer. Work great with Lutron, Leviton and many other AC wall dimmers
  • Support with 12v LED Strip light, LED puck light, module light or many other low voltage 12v LED lights
  • 12v 60w dimmable Class 2 power supply driver is easy to install, mount and hard wire installation
  • Newly designed with smooth dimming. require only 10% minimum load to eliminate buzzing and humming noise.
SaleNew
QUANS 110VAC to 12V DC 10A 120W Watt Universal Regulated Switching Power Supply Transformers For LED Strips Display CCTV Radio
58 Reviews
QUANS 110VAC to 12V DC 10A 120W Watt Universal Regulated Switching Power Supply Transformers For LED Strips Display CCTV Radio
  • QUANS 12V DC 10A 120W Universal Switching Power Supply
  • High quality! Low Heat, No annoying noise! IN-DOOR USE ONLY!
  • No installation instruction, wiring cable, on/off switch, or screws come with.
  • Please DO NOT let the unit work long hours over rated current! Normally it is better to work under 80% of rated current.
  • Used in Industrial automation, LED Strips, CCTV, LED display, Communications, etc.
New
HitLights LED Driver and Dimmer Switch Single Integrated Unit, Switchex 120V AC – 12 V DC 60Watt Wall Dimmer Switch Compatible with Most Solid Color 12V DC Tape Lights and Fixtures, UL Listed
80 Reviews
HitLights LED Driver and Dimmer Switch Single Integrated Unit, Switchex 120V AC – 12 V DC 60Watt Wall Dimmer Switch Compatible with Most Solid Color 12V DC Tape Lights and Fixtures, UL Listed
  • Switchex Product - First LED Driver + In-Wall Dimmer Switch in one unit, Simplifies LED installation by eliminating compatibility issues between driver and dimmer. Fits in a standard recessed electrical box.
  • 100% - 1% SMOOTHING DIMMING - Output voltage is adjustable via sliding lever, main suapply output voltages remain within the regulation limit of +/- 3%. Short circuit, thermal runway, and over voltage protection.
  • Power failure memory - If power is interrupted, SWITCHEX will return to setting prior to interruption. No derating required when ganging units.
  • Input Voltage - 120VAC (108 ~ 132VAC), 50/60Hz (47 ~ 63Hz), Stand-by Power: ≤0.5W. Input Current: <1.0A @ 120VAC max load.
  • HITLIGHTS QUALITY, UL LISTED, RoHS Certified, CE Certified & MADE IN THE USA and backed by a FIVE year warranty from HitLights for peace of mind. Contact our US-based customer service team at any time for no-hassle troubleshooting and replacement or for any questions about purchasing or installation.

Low Voltage Transformers Video

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