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Overheating transformer.

Discussion in 'Electronic Basics' started by TonyV, Feb 2, 2004.

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  1. TonyV

    TonyV Guest

    I am using a 50W (230V - 12V) transformer to drive a 5W halogen lamp.
    It works fine but the transformer gets very hot after about 30 minutes or
    so.

    Can someone please explain to me why it overheats so quickly?
    Should I perhaps use a lower Wattage transformer?

    Thanks.
    TonyV
    South Africa
     
  2. Tony,

    Must be something wrong. Are you sure your numbers are correct? What's the
    current rating of that transformer? It should be around 4A. BTW the power
    rating of a transformer is usually given in VA, not in W. Assuming your
    numbers are correct, the only thing I can imagine is bad insulation inside
    the transformer. Does the transformer become hot when the lamp is
    disconnected but the 230V is not?

    petrus
     
  3. Ian Stirling

    Ian Stirling Guest

    Assuming you are running the transformer at its design input voltage.
    You can economise somewhat on the transformer design if you design
    it so that it gets hot under no load.
    Is it a particularly cheap unit made for use with lights?
     
  4. Guest

    The more power it must pass, (watts) the bigger the transformer must
    be (to avoid it getting hot).

    The more iron (and copper) in it, the more power it can pass.

    Rob
     
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