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sdupp 01-29-2012 04:29 AM

Low voltage transformer?
 
I have an area that I would like to install a low voltage recessed 2Ē puck light. I have a switched outlet about five feet from that area. My question is can I wire a plug to the transformer? Also does the transformer need to be put in some kind of box?



TIA :confused:

kok328 01-29-2012 07:00 AM

My question is can I wire a plug to the transformer? yes but, see the qualifier below.

Also does the transformer need to be put in some kind of box? Transformer - no but, the wire splice from plug to transformer yes.

I would solder the wires together and use heat shrink over the connection, this might get you around the requirement of splices having to be enclosed.

JoeD 01-29-2012 07:28 AM

All splices MUST be made in a junction box. The transformer was not designed to be plug in so NO you can not put a plug on it.

sdupp 01-30-2012 05:57 AM

Thanks guys for your help. Iím no electrician but I try to do things the right way if possible. Since the Transformer is very tiny I will put it inside a junction box, solder & heat shrink the splice. Would this be safe and acceptable?

Much Appreciated!

kok328 01-30-2012 07:20 AM

The transformer does not have to be enclosed, just the electrical connections. The connections do not have to be soldered and heat shrinked, you can just use wire nuts.
The only reason I suggested solder and heat shrink was to avoid having to enclose the electrical splice thinking that type of connection would not have to be enclosed but, technically it does.
Do you have a power source nearby that you can connect the transformer to?

sdupp 01-31-2012 07:25 AM

The only power source nearby is the switched outlet. Thatís why I want to plug into that outlet so I turn it off and on with the wall switch. It just makes the whole job easy if I can do it this way.


Thanks again for the help!

JoeD 01-31-2012 10:47 AM

Then buy some low voltage lighting that is designed to be plugged in.

http://www.lumentask.com/images/12Vxenonpuck-3pack.jpg

nealtw 01-31-2012 01:10 PM

Just wire a plug on it. I've done it with power from the hood fan and had every thing in the cupboard above the stove

sdupp 02-01-2012 05:28 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by JoeD (Post 67361)
Then buy some low voltage lighting that is designed to be plugged in.

http://www.lumentask.com/images/12Vxenonpuck-3pack.jpg

I just need ONE - RECESSED puck style light for a corner nook. Where can I get that?


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