2 questions please. Have 3 halogen under counter fixtures hooked together. each fixture has 3 bulbs and a rocker switch for two levels of dimming. Fixtures from Lowes made by good earth lighting. Keep getting bad transformers, thier customer service will send new transformers but they say have had problems if they are on too much and built up heat. Trans is 115V in and output 11.5V 60 watt max for each. Question, can I delete transformers and cheap switches and get one transformer to replace the 3 seperate ones somewhere to mount in a remote box & power with a regular wall dimmer switch. Is this a good idea. would get different brand but like brass housing on the fixtures. Also Used my digital fluke to test transformer but would not read the 11.5 volts, I guess because voltage so low. Had to use cheap analog radio shack $15.00 old one. Always used the cheap meters before because of size but not durable. Now it seems also more dependable does this sound right? Any recommendations on a small durable analog multimeter under $100.00 so dont need a backup to carry. Sorry so long but thanks for any input.
Any suggestions on a good small multimeter. I did try my fluke T5 -1000 and you are right it will read a 1.5 volt DC battery at 2 volts but you still have to wait about 5 seconds for it to read. But it would not read at all the 11.5 volt AC.
#25411 - 05/07/0306:38 PMRe: halogen lights and fluke meter
ray: I have done some installations for friends that involve undercounter task lighting. The little puck fixtures that I chose were line voltage fixtures with 120 G7 lamps I believe. I have not had a problem nor have any of the people had a problem. I realize that you have an existing condition but may save you some hassle in future.Hope this helps.
#25413 - 05/07/0307:46 PMRe: halogen lights and fluke meter
If you can't have the lights on too long because heat will kill the transformer why have them at all. I would get my money back pronto! Buy a good quality UNDERCABINET (not undercounter) fixture from a lighting supplier.
#25414 - 05/07/0308:27 PMRe: halogen lights and fluke meter
Yes they were individual lights. Each time I cut a new switch into wall and mounted a hidden receptacle under the CABINETS(Thanks Electricmanscott, thanks for pointing out honest typo. I am pretty sure I didn't mislead anyone into installing under the counter top.You are a lifesaver).
#25416 - 05/08/0301:42 AMRe: halogen lights and fluke meter