Rated 3.0 out of 5 by 68
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by thebanker FIX UPDATE - Quit working after one year
Since Malibu was unwilling to replace the unit and I had nothing to lose, I decided to take the unit apart and see if I could identify the problem. I was successful. After taking apart the body of the unit, I exposed a small circuit board (approx 1" X 3"). On one side of this board a red wire and a black wire connect to it. Both of these connections were wiggly and needed to be re-soldered. I soldered the connections and reassembled the unit and it seems to be fine now. Hope this helps someone out there with the same problem. Still wish Malibu would stand behind their work a little better and take ownership of a clear product deficiency.
October 11, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Hollywood Best Value!
I am a professional electrician, contractor, lighting consultant and installer for indoor and outdoor lighting products. As far as transformers are concerned, Malibu products are easy to install, use and has the best value. I have used 200 watt and 300 watt models.
I use these transformers in a smaller area than I would use "professional quality transformers." The expensive transformers have different leads for different voltage to make up for the voltage drop in a very large yard or landscape. I use Malibu transformers with 3 to 6 or 7 fixtures in a smaller yard/landscape where distances are not too great. They work like a charm. Malibu option will allow outdoor lighting to be possible for budget conscious customers. I spend money on buying more quality fixtures for the customers. I do tell them that this product will not last as long as more expensive products, however, it is a great product at a very affordable price. It seems like the most complaints come from light sensor setup. I do not use that option. I use the timer.
I recommend Malibu transformers for small yard/landscape applications!
February 8, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Steve Junk - plain and simple! Do NOT buy!
1- My first one quit after 11 months - and it was replaced.
2- The second one lasted 10 months - and it was replaced at no charge.
3- The third one died after 2 days!!!!!!!!
My guess is that it has something to do with the light sensor. I am amazed that Home Depot is STILL selling these. I noticed that Amazon states they are no longer available.
I will give Home Depot credit, however, they did swap them out at no charge. The question, really, is why do they continue to carry them? This really gives Home Depot a bad name! Malibu products really seem to be going down hill - FAST! But, that's another issue.
February 17, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Allen Great Transformer. Highly recommended.
I have 12 lights around my pool & back yard and it works great. Digital LED Transformer is user friendly and the memory back up keeps the time when home power is lost so there is no need to keep adjusting the time daily when the city decides to trim trees along the streets, or any other loss of power. I also have one for the lights in front yard and it's simple to have them all activated at the same time. Best up grade Malibu made to their low voltage lighting system. Highly recommended.
July 14, 2015
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by beanie Burned out but easy repair
Transformers have no moving parts and rarely fail. What goes is the timer, the switch, etc. I have a 300 watt Malibu and they cost almost $100. So when mine failed after about 3 years, I opened it up, cut the wires that went to the timer and the on/off switch, closed it back up and attached it to a $25 outdoor timer with a photo eye. Plugged it back in and bingo... Works just fine.
November 23, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by HandyHomeOwner So Far So Good...
The 200 watt model seems to last about a year. Ive been through 2. So I thought I'd go up in wattage without changing my outdoor lights at all. It is working is all I can say. It works exactly as designed but they all have before they failed. The previous 200's lost the ability to Auto Turn on the lights at dusk. Ill see how it goes and do another in a year. I must say its pretty heavy to hold in place. I was able to use the previous mounting screws as they are the same distance apart as this 300.
June 2, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Acworth Quality Product
Only complaint is that I purchased this to replace an earlier version and the mounting positions were off from the earlier version forcing me to need to drill new holes into the house.
June 9, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by m19d83t Terrible product design
I can accept that mechanical appliances do not last forever. The transformer is still working fine, but the timer is completely useless. You shouldn't have to figure out work arounds to make a product work properly. It wouldn't be that difficult for Malibu to design the transformer so that the weak link in the product was at least user replaceable. Instead I have a $99 boat anchor.
May 27, 2015