When it comes to beautiful weather year-round, there’s no better place than Phoenix. Outdoor lighting allows you to enjoy your home’s outdoor spaces, provides security for your home and family, and enhances your home’s architecture and landscaping. A faulty transformer can keep the lights from coming on, which is an inconvenience and a potential security issue, and it needs to be replaced asap. MC Lighting & Design is the name to trust in Phoenix for outdoor landscape lighting transformer installation and replacement.
Common Outdoor Lighting Transformer Issues
The transformer is your landscape lighting system’s central power source. It’s what directs the electricity to each of the lights in the system. When it’s not working right, it’s usually because there’s an issue with the connections. Some connection problems can be repaired, but others need to be replaced:
- Simple Loose Connection — Over time, and with continuous use, the electrical connections inside the transformer can loosen. This results in a lack of power to all, or part, of the system. In most cases, the problem can be resolved by tightening the terminal blocks screw. If this doesn’t do the trick, the transformer may need to be replaced.
- Arching Connection — In some cases, an arch of electricity will jump across a loose connection. This creates heat that can cause a short that damages the transformer beyond repair. It also creates a fire hazard as the arch can cause insulation to melt and wires inside the transformer to burn. This type of problem requires a transformer replacement.
- Damaged Wires — If the wires leading out of the transformer are damaged, power won’t be able to reach the lights. In most cases, the problem can be resolved by replacing the wire. If the damage is extensive or the wire archs, it may be time to have a new transformer and wires installed.
How to Tell If You Need Transformer Repair or Replacement
It can be difficult to determine whether your outdoor lighting transformer can be repaired or if it needs to be replaced. The best way to figure out what’s the best choice is to call in a professional like MC Lighting & Design. We’ll inspect the transformer to find the source of the problem and make a recommendation as to what you should do next.
Can I Replace or Install My Outdoor Lighting Transformer Myself?
That truly depends upon your specific skills and experience. But, for the most part, we don’t recommend that homeowners attempt to install or replace their own outdoor lighting transformer. Transformers have to be dealt with carefully to avoid personal injury and to reduce the risk of fire. An experienced outdoor lighting technician has the training, tools, and equipment to remove the damaged transformer and install a new one safely.
How Long Does Professional Transformer Installation Take?
When you’re having new outdoor lights installed, transformer installation is part of the overall process. The amount of time it takes to complete your landscape lighting project will depend on a variety of factors. We’ll be happy to provide you with a free estimate and approximate timeline for your project.
How Long Does Professional Transformer Replacement Take?
Once we’ve determined that your outdoor lighting transformer needs to be replaced, we’ll get right to work. Removal of the malfunctioning transformer, installation of the new one, and testing the system usually only takes an hour or so. If there is additional damage or repairs that need to be made, naturally, it will take longer for the transformer installation and repairs to be completed.
Schedule a Consultation Today
Over time, your outdoor lighting has become less reliable. It’s probably due to a transformer that’s simply worn out and unable to perform its duties properly. If you suspect this to be the case, contact us at MC Lighting & Design. We’ll be happy to inspect your lighting system and to evaluate every aspect of the system, including the transformer. If you need outdoor lighting installation or replacement, we’ll take care of it for you quickly and safely, so you can enjoy your outdoor space.