Do You Need A Different Transformer For Led Landscape Lights?


In the world of low voltage landscape lighting, LED lamps have also become prevalent. In fact, they have allowed us to create larger lighting systems, often, without the need for larger transformers.


Basically, pins need a new transformer and pegs do not. But it’s generally a good idea to install an LED driver regardless. This is because the higher voltage from the halogen transformer can damage the LED and actually result in lower light output.

Low Voltage Landscape Lighting Installation Transformer Tutorial

Frequently Asked Questions

Are all LED transformers the same?

LED drivers and electronic transformers for retrofit LED lighting are not interchangeable. They differ in output and load compatibility i.e. which LED lights they will work with. The fundamental difference between the two is that LED drivers output DC while electronic halogen transformers output 12VAC.

Can a low voltage transformers be used for LEDs?

Standard low-voltage transformers don't meet the power supply needs of LEDs unless they are modified with additional rectifiers and control electronics. When standard low voltage transformers supply power to LEDs directly, the LEDs will flicker, vary in brightness and may rapidly lose luminosity.

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