Low voltage outdoor lights, also known as low energy lighting, is an effective and very economical solution to your exterior illumination woes. Adding low voltage lights is an easy DIY project that anyone can install themselves.
A little time and effort and your lawn will have all the neighbors green with envy.
You can purchase outdoor lighting kits that come with everything you need. Landscape lighting is a shining example. All in one box you get the lights, wiring, and a transformer. The transformer’s purpose is to reduce the amount of electricity sent to your new lights.
Your house uses 110 volts – most outdoor lighting kits only use 12 volts. Talk about energy savings!
10 Facts about Low Voltage Outdoor Lights
1.) Low voltage outdoor lights only use 12 volts of electricity (compared to your home using 110 volts).
2.) A transformer is needed to convert the electrical current from 110 to 12 volts.
The transformer should always be plugged into a GFCI outdoor outlet. (The type that have the “RESET” button in between the top and bottom plugs).
3.) Additional lights can be added to the same wiring should you ever decide to expand your lighting plan.
4.) A standard 60 watt incandescent house light bulb will last approximately 1,000 hours – a 2 watt LED bulb will last 60,000 hours.
5.) LED outdoor lighting stays much cooler than regular lighting or halogen lighting. LED bulbs are typically cool to the touch.
6.) LED bulbs will resist shocks and vibrations. This is especially important if you have kids or pets.
7.) LED lights produce a purer and whiter light which will accent your landscaping favorably.
8.) Outdoor lighting kits do not require that you bury the wires. Because there is only 12 volts running through them you can simply cover the wires with landscape mulch.
9.) Low voltage outdoor lights will save you considerably on energy bills throughout their lifespan.
10.) Different wattages of lights can be applied to the same wire.
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