Reader Comments

Low Voltage Cable Lighting Systems

by Xavier Scheffel (2018-11-15)

The advantage of low voltage cable lighting systems is that they have the illusion of floating in space. The cables are tightened between two hard surfaces and they can span up to twenty feet without any supports. This type of lighting is excellent for a room with a very high ceiling that would normally be quite difficult to light. A benefit is that these cables can be installed at any height you want and by adding supports; you can create a turn anywhere.

Another benefit of Low Voltage Cabling,, voltage cable lighting is that it allows the homeowner to use their creativity in designing. It can also enhance security by increasing the lighting around the outside of your home at night if you choose to install them outdoors. They can shine on the home or along walkways around your house.

Before you head out to the local lighting store or do it yourself center, you should do some planning first. If your low voltage cable lighting is for the outdoors and not for security purposes then plan to have it accent something such as a garden, landscaping or statue. You will want to measure out the entire length of your planned lighting so you can purchase the appropriate length of wire.

Here are a few guidelines for the low voltage lighting system if installed outdoors:

Up lights are for trees and anything else that is tall

Recessed lights are for pathways or deck steps

Area lighting is for play areas or gardens

Pathway lighting should be approximately ten to twelve feet apart and not across from each other

Spot lighting should be for sculptures, water gardens or trellises

To get a better idea of what the lights look like, visit your local dealer or do some research on the internet. Low voltage cable lighting is a good investment but planning should be done before purchasing and installing. These types of lights have become quite popular recently. The type of bulbs used for this style of lighting is generally halogen or xenon.

Whether you are getting low voltage cable lighting installed or any form of lighting you should consult with an electrician if you are unfamiliar with installing lights or working with electricity.