Low Voltage Landscape Lighting

Low Voltage Landscape Lighting
Low Voltage Landscape Lighting

What Is It And Why Is It Important?

  1. Benefits of Using Low Voltage
  2. Arrangement Types of Low Voltage Landscape Lighting

Low voltage landscape lighting is an application of the usual indoor lighting method of using 12 volts instead of the usual 120 volts. The method is applied on exterior areas and is an extension of the lighting design coming from the home. This gives continuity on the illumination from the house and unifies nature with the abode.

It is a very good alternative with the usual 120-volt mode of putting lighting fixtures since it not only provides less risk for the user from accidental electrocution, it also provides protection from children and pets from unwanted shocks if ever they get too comfortable and start wandering or even start playing and tinkering with the lighting fixtures scattered all around your compound.

Benefits of Using Low Voltage

The benefits of using a low voltage setup would be a flexibility of placing the fixtures and relocating them whenever a remodeling of the landscape is needed. This is because the attachment of the lighting fixtures supporting the low voltage setup is bundled in cables and is hidden only shallowly in the ground as opposed to a 120-volt setup which should be place in a conduit or similar insulation to prevent accidental grounding of electrical discharge on an unsuspecting person.

Another is that the lamps and bulbs, which sport low voltage lighting, are also designed in a way that they consume less wattage. This would indicate a lower amount of electricity consumed and would translate to more savings for the user.

Furthermore, the low voltage nature of this setup is ideal for external and moist environments like soil and lawn areas, as it does not subject anyone in accidents in relation to electrical shocks. Even if the cables become directly exposed, there wouldn’t be any significant stuns that would occur. The worst that could happen is just a failure for the low lighting fixtures to stop working.

Another is the increased longevity of the light bulbs as the filament in these bulbs are “burnt” with less voltage and wattage, thereby allowing it to survive longer before severed. In relation to this, the energy consumption is decreased by as much as 60{948ef917d3c0823105a7ec7bea0a4d06d043583ac5821b2c98e045e7280750eb}, which could be weighed against the length of time it can shine as compared to ordinary voltage bulbs.

Take note though that in order to have this setup manifest properly, one should have a transformer on the main line that would convert the direct 110 or 220-volt voltage supply into a 12-volt source.

Arrangement Types of Low Voltage Landscape Lighting

Different arrangements of low voltage landscape lighting fixtures depend on the amount of light bulbs needed on a particular area in the landscape area. The arrangement of the bulbs also gives way to the accent needed for the desired result. Other than the usual standalone fixture used for pinpoint accenting, a combination of these may also be used.

One of these arrangement patterns is a linear form of fixation wherein the bulbs are place in a series with a defined distance between each bulb. This is ideal for pathways and other similar places wherein a long stretch of accenting is needed with added simplicity.

Another is by using a track, a device which houses several low voltage light bulbs. Usually placed along a rigid fixture, it could accommodate several bulbs and combine them together to give emphasis on a certain area.

Finally, there is the rail type, which is similar to that of using a track, but it allows flexibility for the bulbs to move around. This is a more convenient approach if ever there is a need for modified or specific angled lighting effects required on a particular landscape outline.

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