Safety security function and beauty.
These are the main reasons to consider low voltage lighting on your property.
LED has quickly taken over the low voltage lighting industry. This is due to
lower energy cost, the lack of lamp maintenance over a long period of time
and LEDs ability to mimic traditional warm white light.
While the price of the LED fixture can be higher you have an immediate offset in
system cost because you can use smaller transformers with less wire. When
choosing your landscape lighting fixtures keep in mind quality is key.
Landscape lighting fixtures live in the outdoor environment so you want to make
sure you use product that has a minimum of a 10 year warranty and is locally
supported. There are several types of levels each lighting fixtures including
up lights, down lights, path lights and specialty lights. Each type has its own
purpose and function. Path lights are the most popular fixture style and are
usually the first fixture put into the landscape. This is typically due to the fact that path lights are functional. They usually
address walkways, driveways and elevational changes like steps and
stairs. Down lights can provide the same function as a path light. The benefit is
you cover a much larger area because the fixtures mounted higher off the ground.
Down lights are often used to create drama in shadow patterns within the
landscape tying individual elements together. Up lights are the second most
popular fixture used in landscape lighting.
They command attention and are typically used to up light individual elements
within the landscape. Specialty lights cover a wide array of fixture styles.
They focus on a specific task or function. Examples include underwater
lights, BBQ lights, and recessed wall lights. The heart of a low voltage
lighting system is a quality transformer. The function of the transformer is to
take 120 volt line voltage coming in from the house and dropping it down to a
voltage the lighting system can handle. One of the chief characteristics of a
quality transformer is multi-tap capability which, allows you to get
proper voltage to the field to all the lights. To get the power from the
transformer out to the field, you want to use low voltage lighting cable. 12 -2
direct burial low voltage lighting cable is the industry standard. Once you get to the
fixture with the cable you want to use a quality wire connection. I recommend a
crimp and canister style connection which will give you a tight waterproof
connection for years to come. Most lighting systems utilize a timer or
a photocell to turn the system on or off. The most popular option is a combination
of the two. Low voltage landscape lighting is an easy way to add value,
safety, security and functionality to your property. To learn more stop into
your local Ewing store or visit us online at EwingIrrigation.com.