Updated March 02, 2019 by Christopher Thomas

The 6 Best Low Voltage Lighting Transformers

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This wiki has been updated 16 times since it was first published in February of 2019. While interior lighting typically runs on 120-volt power, landscaping illumination often requires much less juice. Consequently, in order to run your outdoor lights safely, your home’s current needs to be stepped down by a low voltage transformer. Here we rank these devices for durability, ease of use, and price. Note that for safety, they should be installed by a licensed electrician. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.

1. Malibu LED 200 Watt

2. Best Pro Lighting 600W

3. Pinnacle Lights WSS

Editor's Notes

February 26, 2019:

You want a low voltage transformer that is durable (since most are housed outdoors), as well as reliable and easy to operate. The Malibu LED 200 Watt made our top spot because it hits all the marks, with a control dial that’s simple to set, an easy-to-read digital screen, and a nearby code lookup chart. The Pinnacle Lights WSS also got high marks, in part since you can conveniently see the current settings through the see-through window without even opening the door. Consider the LightingWill model as a versatile choice designed specifically for either interior or exterior LEDs. No matter what, be sure to select a transformer that can handle the capacity required for everything you plan to hook up to it. (Several of the choices featured here are available in different wattage capacities.) Transformers need to be situated at least 12 inches above grade in order to work properly. And last, but definitely not least, for safety’s sake, you should hire an experienced, licensed electrician for installation.

4. Lightkiwi U8810

5. Moonrays 95433

6. LightingWill HM-16489


Christopher Thomas
Last updated on March 02, 2019 by Christopher Thomas

Building PCs, remodeling, and cooking since he was young, quasi-renowned trumpeter Christopher Thomas traveled the USA performing at and organizing shows from an early age. His work experiences led him to open a catering company, eventually becoming a sous chef in several fine LA restaurants. He enjoys all sorts of barely necessary gadgets, specialty computing, cutting-edge video games, and modern social policy. He has given talks on debunking pseudoscience, the Dunning-Kruger effect, culinary technique, and traveling. After two decades of product and market research, Chris has a keen sense of what people want to know and how to explain it clearly. He delights in parsing complex subjects for anyone who will listen -- because teaching is the best way to ensure that you understand things yourself.


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