Which kind of transformer is best to get you the power you need? If you’re running a large event or a small facility, you may wonder if a low-voltage transformer or a medium-voltage transformer is better for you. You want to meet your energy needs reliably, without incurring unnecessary expenses. Use this comparison of the two types of transformers to narrow your choices.
What is a Low Voltage Transformer?The National Electrical Code of the United States (NEC) and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) both offer the same definition for low, medium and high-voltage transformers. Low voltage transformers are those that use between 240 to 600 volts. We have several popular sizes in this range, including 208v transformer, 240v transformer, 380v transformer, 480v transformer and the largest low voltage transformer available at 600v. We have all of these voltages available as entertainment transformers which fulfill the special needs of the entertainment industry.
What is a Medium Voltage Transformer?The same organizations define a medium voltage transformer as one that handles between 2,400 to 69,000 volts. This would include our popular 4160v transformer. These handle significantly more electricity and can step up or step down the power for your application.
Using a Low Voltage TransformerLow-voltage transformers are used at the end of the energy grid, typically by consumers. There are several popular uses, including:
- Small construction operations
- Large events that have additional energy needs
- To support backup generators for small facilities