I want to use these for accent lighting, not as task lights.
Unfortunately, a dimmer doesn't work with an electronic
'transformer', and a magnetic transformer costs more than the lamps.
Could I simply use a lower voltage electronic transformer? If so,
how low should I go to get, say, half as much light output?
Think I've seen those halogen bulbs from 15 to 50 watts. That's a
ratio of 30% to 100%.
problem is those halogen are very bright small point sources of light,
not really designed for area or 'mood lighting'?
Lower wattage is good, however, there
are dimmers that can work
with the "electronic" transformers. I
use one in a TV production
truck where it is used to dim 4 20 watt,
12 volt hockey puck lights above
the production console. During setup
you need bright, but during
production we dim them so it's easier to
see the TV and computer
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