Electrical Wiring in the Home/Convert 12v lighting to 110v


I live near the ocean and have lots of problems with the salt air, including with the transformer (which I've replaced twice) for the 12v cable lighting system across my kitchen ceiling. I've decided to convert this system to 110v and would like to know if this is possible by simply removing the transformer and replacing the bulbs (halogen type MR16).

Many thanks!

ANSWER: Frank,

No can do. That 12 volt set up is strictly for 12 volts. Operating it at 120 volts would be very dangerous.


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QUESTION: Is that because of the exposed components?

Thanks again.

Yes and just the overall design of the set up is geared to 12 volts which would make 120 volt operation potentially dangerous.

The salty air can and does cause connection problems. They do make an anti oxidant ointment you can put on connection points to prevent corrosion. Over here its called "Penetrox" and there are some other names or manufacturers it goes by but it does work. This may or may not solve your transformer issue though. If you have electronic ballasts VS transformers which I suspect you do, they are not as hardy as transformers that utilize windings and a metal core to drop from 120 to 12 volts. They are almost indestructable unless you overload or short them out. Electronic ballasts use sensitive electronics to drop from 120 to 12 volts and as such are subject to burning out easily due to misuse or just burning out over time and use.

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