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Discussion in 'Electronic Basics' started by [email protected], Oct 17, 2005.

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  1. Guest

    I have what I think is a really basic rewiring question that I hope
    someone who knows more than me can help me out with.

    My sister bought me a beautiful lamp in the UK that I have coverted for
    a while, but the problem is that I live in the US. (Read - I can't
    just buy this in the US and save myself the hassle!)

    The actual bulbs are like Christmas tree light type affairs rather than
    regular incandescent bulbs. The fixture plugs into a transformer (the
    plug from the fixture is tiny and I don't recognize it as any
    standard). Transformer input is 240v - 50hz and output is 24v - max 50
    VA.

    Now, I assume that I need to use a different transformer, but I don't
    think its just a simple job of buying a new transformer (and US plug),
    plugging it in to the fixture, since the aforementioned output plug is
    very odd. It is 2 pronged and roughly 1/4 inch diameter.

    Can I just rewire the fixture thus:-

    1.cut off the weird plug from the fixture
    2.Get a new transformer (pressumably input 110v, output the same - I'm
    guessing a standard for Christmas tree lights)
    3. splice it in
    4. away we go

    Am I missing something? If this is correct, are the parts I would need
    expensive?

    Many thanks
     
  2. Jasen Betts

    Jasen Betts Guest

    sounds like a quarts halogen lamp.
    dunno about christmas tree lights, but the transformer shouldn't be too hard
    to locate. try a lighting supplier.
    If the transformer is bare a case would be a good idea.
    I'm guessing $40

    Bye.
    Jasen
     
  3. You seem to have the right idea, most transformer packs seem to come with an
    output cable so just splice that onto the lead from the lamp. Stagger the
    joints a little and solder and tape.
     
  4. spudnuty

    spudnuty Guest

    You might want to consider changing the bulb type to 12 volts. 24 volts
    is not standard here. Juno makes a transformer for that but the
    cheapest is $180. I'm sure you could find a surplus one for a lot
    cheaper.
    Are the sockets something that's compatable with American bulbs?
    BTW when I do this kind of rewiring I stagger, solder and use shrink
    tubing.
    Richard
     
  5. JeffM

    JeffM Guest

    sounds like a quarts halogen lamp.
    Can also be expressed as *pints halogen*.
     
  6. neil

    neil Guest

    If you havetrouble finding a transformer, then search the Newark site - or
    maybe Digikey.
    They supply transformers of all varieties, and are sure to have one
    suitable.
    Best to show it to someone with a bit of electronic knowledge to make sure
    it's suitable.
    The cost in the UK would be around £15 ($25?).
    Could always post to sci.electronic.basics ...
    hth
    Neil
     
  7. quietguy

    quietguy Guest

    You might have a browse at the local tip for a printer power pack of the
    right voltage - might save you a lot of work

    David
     
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