Futronix lighting and transformers

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    Hope this is the right section to ask about Futronix lighting controllers (doing a search on other Futronix related posts, most of them seem to be in here)...

    I am looking at a P400 from Futronix but am concerned about getting the right transformers for Halogen lighting as I know that Futronix controllers only like leading edge transformers.

    Futronix sell some transformers but they seem rather expensive (in fact I generally don't like the idea of buying a "recommended" product straight from a manufacturer as it seems like the ideal opportunity for them to hike the price up and make more profit from people like me who are paranoid about getting the wrong thing!)

    So, does anyone have any recommendations for suitable transformers? Am I being overly cautious or will pretty much any transformer sold as being "leading edge" be OK?

    Thanks in adavnce for any help

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    I have a P800, and rang Futronix to ask them this very question, as I was also worried I would destroy my pride & joy. Techie I got was very helpful and reassuring - told me I was unlikely to fry my controller!

    Bottom line is leading edge transformers are fine. The techie chap I spoke to offered for me to send my low voltage lighting kit for them to double check if I was worried (at my cost!). He also said if you have a problem the low-voltage halogens will flash on & off at low dimming levels, and the controller buzz quite loud and feel warm, you can usually work out something is not right before your controller blows - I was told !

    I used a low volt halogen kit from Argos, with 3x20w halogens, and electonic transformer. Has been in place for about six to seven months - no trouble. :rolleyes:

    If in doubt, ring Futronix to check. IIRC you are better getting a low voltage kit, as transformer has to be near fully loaded (for some reason I can't recall) and obviously the kit will be put together with this in mind, whereas if you add a third party transformer in you may not be fully loading it. IIRC my kit was 60watts worth bulbs on a 65watt electronic leading edge transformer.

    Hope this helps you?
     
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    Bizarrely I wasn’t at all concerned about the prospect of blowing up the controller! I just want to make sure I don’t waste loads of money buying transformers that don’t work.

    I actually got a document from Futronix with some recommended transformers but looking around on the internet I can’t actually find any of them.

    I was also very unsure about buying cheap kits from the likes of Argos, B&Q etc. as there is little chance that the staff there are going to know whether the transformers are leading edge or not! How can you tell when buying these kits or is it a case of pot luck?

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    IIRC most "electronic" type transformers and most UK transformers are leading edge anyway. I think the transformer in my kit had a marking on, which I looked up on the net and therefore designated it leading edge. I rang to company that made the transformer (found their address & number on the instructions) to double-check.

    The list you have from futronix are probably for transformers they have actually checked with the lighting controllers. As I said before though I would recommend trying to buy a kit of halogens which include the transformer. If you are worried why not seek out a local lighting specialist retailer. Might cost you a little more but you will get someone selling you a product which they understand at least.

    The kit I bought from Argos is described as "Triple 20W Low Voltage Cabinet Light Kit", includes 3 chrome surface mount halogens, wiring loom, and transformer, made by GET PLC (model name Luneta). As I say works fine, and has been in frequent use nearly every day for some time now.
     

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