Low voltage transformer?

Discussion in 'Electrical and Wiring' started by sdupp, Jan 29, 2012.

  1. Jan 29, 2012 #1

    sdupp

    sdupp

    sdupp

    Member

    Joined:
    Dec 28, 2011
    Messages:
    43
    Likes Received:
    5
    I have an area that I would like to install a low voltage recessed 2” 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:
     
  2. Jan 29, 2012 #2

    kok328

    kok328

    kok328

    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 20, 2007
    Messages:
    2,755
    Likes Received:
    249
    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.
     
    Last edited: Jan 29, 2012
  3. Jan 29, 2012 #3

    JoeD

    JoeD

    JoeD

    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Mar 16, 2006
    Messages:
    1,528
    Likes Received:
    273
    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.
     
  4. Jan 30, 2012 #4

    sdupp

    sdupp

    sdupp

    Member

    Joined:
    Dec 28, 2011
    Messages:
    43
    Likes Received:
    5
    Thanks guys for your help. I’m 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!
     
  5. Jan 30, 2012 #5

    kok328

    kok328

    kok328

    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 20, 2007
    Messages:
    2,755
    Likes Received:
    249
    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?
     
  6. Jan 31, 2012 #6

    sdupp

    sdupp

    sdupp

    Member

    Joined:
    Dec 28, 2011
    Messages:
    43
    Likes Received:
    5
    The only power source nearby is the switched outlet. That’s 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!
     
  7. Jan 31, 2012 #7

    JoeD

    JoeD

    JoeD

    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Mar 16, 2006
    Messages:
    1,528
    Likes Received:
    273
    Then buy some low voltage lighting that is designed to be plugged in.

    [​IMG]
     
  8. Jan 31, 2012 #8

    nealtw

    nealtw

    nealtw

    Contractor retired

    Joined:
    Nov 4, 2010
    Messages:
    23,897
    Likes Received:
    3,118
    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
     
  9. Feb 1, 2012 #9

    sdupp

    sdupp

    sdupp

    Member

    Joined:
    Dec 28, 2011
    Messages:
    43
    Likes Received:
    5
    I just need ONE - RECESSED puck style light for a corner nook. Where can I get that?
     

Share This Page