I have an old TORO landscape timer/PS in my basement which feeds 3-4
watt lights outside for a total of 12 watts. Because I am finishing my
basement, I have to remove the timer from the block wall. The low
voltage wire feeds through a conduit in the block wall to the outside
I have outside a weatherproof outlet that is on a seperate timer for
Christmas lights. If I had a small 12VDC 1Amp power supply from an old
answering machine, can't I just use that to power the lights outside?
It would not be exposed to the elements inside the weatherproof box,
the splice would be inside the box since the low voltage wire from the
lights is long enough to reach.. It also eliminates me from mounting
the TORO box outside.
OK, I made it easy for myself and mounted the original timer outside
next to the outlet. I jumped out the timer in the basement so now the
outlet is on full time, and the landscape lights are contolled by the
If the power supply is rated at 1amp, then that is the current it
should be able to supply indefinetly. Also, whatever it is rated at,
there is always some margin built in. So, from that standpoint,
there isn't a problem. However, whether the supply is rated and code
compliant to be installed in the outdoor box is the real question.
Even with a box, it's subject to condensation, for example. I would
suspect that while it would work, it's not kosher.
HomeOwnersHub.com is a website for homeowners and building and maintenance pros. It is not affiliated with any of the manufacturers or service providers discussed here.
All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.