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Timer on my 200W transformer is working but lights will not turn on manually or by timer. when i turn on with manual switch they flash on for a second then turn off. i am just under 200W for total wattage.thanks!

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You posted under Intermatic-malibu power packs.
Wattage of bulbs must match wattage of power pack or bulbs and power pack will burn out.

Your power pack might be damaged beyond repair.

For information on Intermatic/Malibu power packs showing troubleshoot steps, replacement trippers, useful links, warranties and tips:
http://waterheatertimer.org/Malibu-power-pack-stopped-working.html

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For information on Intermatic/Malibu power packs showing troubleshoot steps, replacement trippers, links to manuals, useful links, warranties and tips:
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