Lighting features in the yard will make the property look classier. They can also increase the utility of walkways and patios. Since these exterior spaces are exposed to weather conditions and other elements, it’s recommended to install low-voltage lighting in the yard. Review this guide to learn more about this option and how it can benefit you.
Low-Voltage Lighting Has an Ease of Use
Lighting powered by line voltage generally requires 120 volts, while those powered by low voltage generally require 12 volts. They help to keep the lights running by reducing the system’s voltage. So that all fixtures can run on one system with ease, your landscape designer will select a transformer whose rating matches that of each fixture.
The transformer is connected to each light through wiring. In the soil, the wires can either lay on the ground or be buried about three inches deep. You can also ask your landscaper to install sensors to make the lights only come on at night or timers that set a schedule for the lights to come on.
Benefits of Low-Voltage Landscape Lighting
You should use low-voltage lighting if your yard has children or pets. Your family is safe since no electric shock will occur when this power is touched. Additionally, it is cost-effective. You’ll be able to recoup the initial cost of installing low-voltage landscape features in energy savings because of their lower power use.
It is also stylish to use low-voltage lighting.
You can choose from a wide variety of colors and styles since it’s the residential standard. It’s more creative and feels more inviting to use several small lights instead of floodlights.
It is possible to get 25,000 hours of useful life from low voltage LED bulbs. The average lifespan of a LED light is 50,000 hours. Running 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, that would be more than three years. Additionally, the lenses only need to be cleaned once per year; this also takes less time.
LED bulbs are ideal for landscape lighting on low voltages. Electricity consumption is 80 percent less with incandescent bulbs. Moreover, despite not getting hot enough to burn you (unlike incandescent light fixtures), they are hot enough to melt the kinds of snow and ice that we typically encounter in the Midwest.
Potential Issues with Low Voltage Lighting
Landscape lighting using low voltage can present potential problems. LEDs don’t generate heat like incandescent bulbs. One of the reasons they are so energy efficient is because of this. They can be prone to overheat, which can result in premature component failure.