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Low Voltage Lighting Fixtures - Safe And Flexible

by Charlene Kang (2018-11-14)

Many people like to use low voltage lighting fixtures for landscape purposes in and around their gardens. They make a very good lighting choice because they are great for those who want to get a little creative in their lighting and to highlight certain features.

Safe and Flexible Lighting

Low Voltage Cabling voltage lighting fixtures are simple to install. The cable itself is generally ran through a shallow trench or buried underground. One thing that is especially beneficial is how flexible these fixtures are. Once installed, they are very easy to move around, they are very safe and energy efficient.

The use of transformers makes it possible to reduce the standard voltage from 120 volts to a nice and safe 12 volts. If you are using this type of lighting system outdoors there is no reason to worry about electrical safety if the lawnmower accidentally cuts a cable or a child or animal accidentally clips one.

What You Need to Know about Low Voltage Lighting Fixtures

First, you have to decide which type of mood you want to create with the lighting. Do you want dramatic accent lighting, lights for more of a party environment, or lighting for the purpose of safety and security?

Once you have determined what you want, then you can proceed with your lighting plan. Once you make the purchase of the lighting that best suits your needs, then work with the lights and see which way you prefer to set them up.

Make sure that they are not in the path of your lawnmower, near where cars drive, and out of courtesy, make sure they are not glaring into your neighbors windows every night. Most people opt for less lighting and more fixtures rather than high beams of light and only a few fixtures.

The truth is that yes, you will have to select a transformer, that is the bad news but the good news is that it really sounds more intimidating than it really is.

Select the Transformer that Suits Your Needs

To select the transformer that best suits your needs just add up all of the wattages of the lights that you intend to use. Add them all together. In other words if you have decided that you need eleven fixtures and they are all rated at 24.4 watts, you would then multiply 11 x 24.4 which equals 268.4.

Rather than going down to round off that number, you would go up and the best transformer for you is going to be 300. If you discover, because you are using a lot of lights, that the numbers of the transformer are too high then you may have to split them up and use two transformers.

Advantages of Splitting up Transformers

There are advantages to using 12 volts versus 120 volt such as flexibility and the ability to absorb moisture. Lower voltage transformers are also designed to operate in wet conditions, lamps can be smaller and they allow fixtures to be smaller and less obtrusive in the landscape.

With multiple lower voltage transformers more precise lighting can be achieved, lighting fixtures can be plugged into existing outdoor receptacles, and there may be no need for an electrician.