Advantages and Disadvantages of Low Voltage Landscape Lighting
Weighing your options
When it comes to your home’s electrical needs, you can always count on ProMag Energy Group’s team of licensed electrical pros to get the job done. Low voltage landscape lighting has many advantages and very few disadvantages and installing these lights may be the perfect thing to give your yard the personality you want!
Perks of Going Low Voltage
Low voltage landscape lighting systems provide a cost effective alternative to the average LED lighting system and great way to limit the energy; Especially with the ever increasing demand for energy conservation, using low voltage lights are a great way to conserve without limiting yourself. The system is a step-down transformer to change your home’s 120-V electrical supply to 12-V for light illumination, this means that you can install low voltage lights without turning off your main power supply. When installed outdoors by one of our master electricians, low voltage lights do not impose the risk of electrocution when exposed to rain or snow.
Typically an inexpensive lighting choice, it only requires some yard digging to hide the wires. Because the wires are not high-voltage, you simply hide them just underneath the soil, mainly for aesthetic reasons. If you need to move the lighting around for a landscape redesign, the wires easily lift out of the soil for rapid reorganization. This means you can show off your beautiful yard with ease.
Lastly, when it comes to bulb replacement, they actually last 50 times longer than incandescent and halogen bulbs. Making the change even more cost effective in the long run by not having to replace bulbs.
Drawbacks to Low Voltage
Low-voltage light has reduced brightness regardless if it is powered with solar or direct electricity. The safe 12-V power supply cannot create bright flood lights that are commonly connected to a standard electrical outlet. Your hardwired lighting also has the disadvantage of possible wire damage. The shallow wire burial makes the system susceptible to damage from pests or yard tools; wires can be pinched or cut easily in the soil.
There aren’t many disadvantages when it come to low voltage lighting for your home but as a home owner you still must decide if that lighting is right for your home. So before you run out and replace all of your outside lighting with low-voltage bulbs, take a look around and do some careful research and consider your options before making the switch. For any questions you may have about low-voltage lighting there are skilled professional electric technicians just waiting to answer them here at ProMag Energy Group!