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FAQ - Safety Volt Transformers

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Are Safety Volt transformers “listed”?

Safety Volt transformers are listed with the ETL, an internationally recognized testing laboratory. Transformers are manufactured and tested to UL standard 506.

Can Safety Volt transformers be covered with a box or non-permanent enclosure?

The transformer is enclosed within a weather resistant enclosure and can be placed outdoors under most conditions. A cover can be placed over it as long as there is adequate ventilation to allow cooling.

Can Safety Volt transformers be installed upside-down to make it easier to get to the wiring?

No. The transformer is designed to dissipate heat through the top and sides of the enclosure. In addition, an upside-down transformer can collect water and short out. Improper wiring such as this voids the factory warranty.

Can Safety Volt transformers be put in a “vault” in the pool deck, buried in the ground, or put into a box or some other type of enclosure?

No. Most building codes require electrical equipment to be mounted above ground in case of rising water. The enclosure of our transformer is not designed for ground contact.

How do you hook up more than one lamp to a multi-tap Safety Volt transformer? Do you wire a different lamp to the different lead wires?

Multiple lamp installations must have parallel wiring. That means that all of the white wires from the lamp fixtures are connected to the appropriate tap as calculated in Figure 5.

How many lights can be put on a Safety Volt transformer?

Transformers can handle any number of lights as long as the total wattage of the lamps does not exceed the rating of the transformer.

Can the Safety Volt transformers be hidden inside a wall and then bricked or dry walled over?

No. The Safety Volt Transformer is designed as an aboveground, surface mounted device.

Is grounding the Safety Volt transformers necessary?

Yes. The most important wire in any electrical installation is the ground wire. Ground wires are usually green in color, but sometimes a bare copper wire may be used. In a typical installation, a continuous ground connection is made between the power panel feeding the high voltage side of the transformer and the light fixture itself. The ground wire from the power panel and the ground wire from the light fixture are joined at the grounding block located in the front of the wiring compartment of the transformer.

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