Replacing 35 year old landscape lighting system (ac --> dc); need guidance on newer products

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  1. Chuck

    Chuck New Member

    Feb 16, 2019
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    Hi, my current system is ac based system feeds a control box with a day and time settings as well as a dc converter control box...which is attached to the lamp pole in the yard; this box gets saturated from the sprinkler system and is a leading cause for the every 3 - 5 year replacement of the control box. Need a better water proof control box....
    next the current system has a dozen or so 12 watt dc lamps spread about the yard; would like to change these out to dc- led lamps. Not sure if the existing wiring can be used or if it should be replaced...any thoughts on specific brands of products and other installation issues will be appreciated.
    Thank you.
  2. Evan Kruk

    Evan Kruk Online Liaison Staff Member

    Jul 27, 2018
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    Hey Chuck,

    Our low-voltage transformers are designed and tested to be optimized for outdoor use. They are indeed highly water resistant thanks to gaskets and pressure seals but, if getting hit directly by sprinklers regularly, the unit's longevity may be unpredictably affected. The unit's themselves are designed to plug-in to a standard GFCI outlet and output AC current. The total power consumption of your layout would determine which size transformer would be best for you. When converting to LED, the level of power consumption is generally significantly lower so, I would recommend waiting to decide on the size until you know exactly how you are upgrading/expanding your system. The existing wiring will more than likely still be compatible if you were converting to LED but, if you wanted to use one of our transformers, the fixtures would need to use AC power for operation. A quick and budget-friendly option many homeowners use for converting is landscape lighting kits. With a kit like the 10 Spot, you could get a new power box and brand new solid brass, LED fixtures to replace the older lights with one simple purchase. The preassembled kits are offered at a lower price point, and the main components within them are backed by lifetime warranties.