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I have the ml600tw low voltage transformer. I have to 12 gage wires coming out of it and my lights on the deck of my pool are brighter than the second wired lights on other trees. What's the solution?

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Check the total combined wattage on the tree light circuit. You may be exceeding the wattage limit on that part of the circuit.

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Malibu transformer


Unplug transformer, change bulbs with low voltage bulbs from local hardware or home center. There are two screws on back of each bulb.
Copy following link for tips to get power pack to last longer, replacement trippers, warranty, troubleshoot. etc
http://waterheatertimer.org/Malibu-power-pack-stopped-working.html
Reason for unplugging transformer: because product manual lists that as best way to change bulbs. The low voltage transformer output is 12Volts and does not carry enough power to cause you harm if you touch bare wire.
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May 25, 2013 | Malibu ML600TW - Low Voltage Power Pack -...

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I have a ML500TW timer transformer I don't believe they make it any mor can I replace it with a 600


Yes, use ML 600 with 5 year warranty.
Save receipt.
Copy following link for useful information about getting new power pack to last longer.
http://waterheatertimer.org/Malibu-power-pack-stopped-working.html

ML 600 will have 2 sets of ABC terminals.
Each terminal supports 300 watts.
Split lights between both sets of terminals.
Use 12 gauge wire. Maximum 75' length each wire.

Apr 15, 2013 | Malibu ML600TW - Low Voltage Power Pack -...

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Malibu ML600TW. When I bought my home, one loop with 160 watts of lights has melted the 12 ga low voltage wire completely (looks like it was in a fire) for about 3 linear feet. How can this be possible...


You Tube has a plethora of videos on how to start a fire with a single AA battery.

The low volt power packs put out 12 volts AC, so polarity does not matter as far as the _operation_ of the lights. Polarity _is_ a safety concern only in higher voltages and AC systems that are grounded, such as 120 volts, but still doesn't affect the operation of equipment. Best wiring practice is to follow polarity, even on low volt equipment (
This is more noticeable in an ordinary table lamp. The identified wire (the one with ridges) is connected to the screw shell of the socket. That way people don't get shocked when screwing in a light bulb, thus, _not_ following polarity can present a 120 volt shock hazard just with a common table lamp. 120 volts AC kills more people in the USA than any other voltage simply because it is very common and quite often disrespected.

Yes, the old puncture sites need to be sealed. If you have UL listed low volt cable, it is designed to self-seal when the light is removed from the run. However, as the cable ages this self-sealing feature doesn't always function as intended, especially when cold. This is a possible reason why your cable shorted out and melted. If you want to seal the puncture sites on older cable use a product such as this:
http://www.summitsource.com/product_info.php?ref=1&products_id=9976
It's readily available at most hardware stores in the electrical department.

Dec 23, 2010 | Malibu ML600TW - Low Voltage Power Pack -...

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I need to get the manual for the ml600tw low voltage transformer


Malibu website
Malibu manuals
Select your power pack guide

On the manuals page, I see 600 Watt power pack Model 8100-9600-10
May not be exact manual, I bet it is close

Oct 08, 2010 | Malibu ML600TW - Low Voltage Power Pack -...

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I have a two wire to connect to output A B C on a malibu ml600tw low voltage transformer. Which two output do I use?


Use "A" and "B" terminals. The "C" terminal is a "dummy" terminal - it isn't connected to anything inside the transformer. It is used as a splice point in the event you decide to connect a photo cell (dawn to dusk) controller.

Aug 22, 2010 | Intermatic ML600TW MALIBU POWER PACK 600W...

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I just purchased some spotlights to add to my already installed malibu landscaping lights. I upgraded my transformer to 300 watts since the total wattage used comes out to 220. The lights on the end of...


Yes, using a larger wire will help, as will using more than one run. If you want too, you can leave the 16 gauge wire in place, then run the new 12 gauge wire and transfer most of the lights to the new run.

The fewer lights on a run, the less dimming will occur, so put more lights on the 12 gauge run.

Also, the longer the run, the more dimming will occur.
You may want to reconsider the location of the transformer, if possible. In your case, it would be better to locate the transformer in the middle of the current run, and just split the run in half to make a run in each direction. Of course, that depends if you have a 120 volt outlet available in that area.

Jan 03, 2010 | Malibu ML600TW - Low Voltage Power Pack -...

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Have Malibu low voltage transformer. Need red and


Routinely vailable on eBay...sometimes listed as "Intermatic" (Malibu's parent company.).

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