The circuits that I was working with consisted of an isolation transformer, variac, and 120:12.6 step down transformer. The bridge circuits were built with four 1N4004 rectifier diodes (no filter). The load was a lamp 14V at 200mA. The rectified peak output voltage measured within 280 mV of the predicted voltage (a less than 2% deviation), but the average measured (with a Metex M-3800 DMM) DC output voltage was more than 5% less than the predicted DC output voltage. With our labs if there is more than a 5% deviation we have to explain why. Can anyone help me with the why?