Low Voltage Outdoor Lighting
Low voltage outdoor lighting - One of the easiest ways to illuminate
your outdoor landscape is with a low voltage system.
You can show off
and highlight favorite plants, trees and sculpture as well as light-up
for safety and definition around your pathways and stairs and circulation
With an emphasis on energy conservation, low voltage lighting systems
will save you money by lowering your electric bills. The low voltage system
reduces the 120-volt current of a normal electrical line to a harmless
and more economical 12-volt current. Professional landscapers love it,
Low Voltage Lighting Benefits?
- systems are safe and easy to install: no risk of injury from electric
shock. Light system can be installed in a few hours, and cables don't
need to be buried deep underground like 120-volt line lighting
- offers maximum flexibility. You can move the fixtures around to adjust
the lighting effects as plants mature
- enables you and others to enjoy more time socializing in the backyard,
deck or garden
- creates safe surroundings and discourages intruders
- energy efficient
Low Voltage Lighting Components
- (1)Lamps and Fixtures - lamps are what we think of as "light
bulbs" fixtures are the housing component for the lamp. You can
buy lamps and fixtures separately when designing your lighting system
or choose fixtures that come with lamps. In your outdoor lighting design
you will want to consider the overall lamp wattage used, this will help
you to determine which power console is appropriate for your system.
Used for area, path, safety and security lighting.
- (2)Power Console (transformer) - You will buy a console by determining
the total wattage used in your system. Select a transformer that has
a higher wattage capacity than the total watts. This will allow you
flexibility to add more lighting fixtures over time.
- (3)Mounting method - How you will mount your fixtures will depend
upon where they are located: trees, deck, in ground. Mounting components
include: wall plates, stakes and canopies.
- (4)Cable - You will need to determine which gauge cable is needed
for your low voltage landscape system; this is determined by cable length.
Accent lighting allows you to create wonderful effects outside. Consider
these 3 tips
- Mirror lighting - If you have a pond or body of water why not light
up a background scene and create a dramatic reflection.
- Moon lighting - For large trees consider simulating the light of
the full moon filtering through the foliage. This will light up paths,
flower beds and whatever else is under the tree.
- Grazing - You can enhance the texture of an aesthetically pleasing
vertical surface: brick, stucco and stone. Place the fixture directly
against the surface and aim the beam upward or downward.
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