Low voltage lighting usually refers to lighting applications that use 12-volt lighting fixtures instead of the typical 120-volt fixtures. Low voltage lighting is a popular choice for landscape lighting projects. Low voltage lighting isn’t as bright as line-voltage fixtures (which operate on 120 volts). For this reason, its uses are slightly more limited. For example, low voltage lighting is best for lighting paths and illuminating small gardens or flowerbeds. Spotlighting can be done but is not as effective as line-voltage lighting. However, in spite of its limitation, low voltage lighting is a great way to add beauty to your home in the evening hours.
There are several advantages associated with using low voltage lighting. The first advantage is usually what most people find attractive; low-voltage lighting kits are relatively inexpensive. Most kits can be purchased for between $80 – $200, which is a bargain compared to hiring a licensed contractor.
The second benefit of low voltage lighting is the ease of installation. Even a complete novice can successfully install a low voltage kit. If you’re the type of person who is used to doing handyman jobs around the house, you can expect to complete the installation in an afternoon. The typical low voltage kit involves a plugin transformer, connecting the wire and running it into your garden, and then attaching the lights to the wire. It is quite easy and again, much less expensive than hiring someone to do it for you.
The second benefit of low voltage lighting is the ease of installation. Even a complete novice can successfully install a low voltage kit. If you’re the type of person who is The third advantage is realized through the very nature of low voltage lighting; it does not consume much power. Adding a low-voltage lighting kit to your home should not increase your monthly electrical bill by much. This is especially true if you include a timer that limits the amount of time your lighting is used each day.
Lastly, low-voltage lighting is neighbor-friendly. The light produced from a low voltage kit is not bright enough to contribute to light pollution (the glowing effect that removes the night sky… or that keeps your neighbors awake).
As you can see, the many benefits of low voltage lighting make it a great choice for your landscapes and gardens. With a small investment and a little help from a buddy, you can enjoy landscape lighting in no time!