The popularity of commercial and residential lighting is rising up so fast and it has made the end users to begin the search for components and systems which bundle easy installation and safety in a single package. Since most landscape lighting are mostly known to be DIY projects, most industries are replacing the common 120V systems with 12V commonly used for landscape lighting.
A low voltage system are easier to modify to suit the ever changing needs for landscape lighting. Additionally, they use smaller light sources which are easier to maintain and are safer as compared to high voltage light sources. In a bid to standardize the 12V low voltage lighting systems, different types of step-down transformers have been made available by manufacturers to convert the 120V source to a 12V source. Below are a few things you need to look into when planning to use low voltage type of lighting for your landscaping project.
Quality of light
Some people suggest that when low voltage lighting is used, you may get more luminous white light. Actually, that statement is more controversial because the difference between quality of light emitted by low voltage and high voltage is not much discernible. However, the low voltage produces what is referred to as crispier beam.
Does the low voltage type of lighting save energy? This is also an issue of controversy to many. However, to settle things down, they do save a considerable amount of energy especially when used with dimmers. Dimmers offer control of the lighting which adds up to the aesthetic appeal as well as financial impact on the utility bills. Dimmers also require the integration of step-down transformers since they have their voltage capacity.
Life of lamps
This is also another interesting topic that really needs verification as far as low voltage lighting is concerned. Use of low voltage actually does increase life span of the lamps as compared to the standard voltage lighting. However, some people argue that there is no much discernible difference between the life of a low voltage lamp and the standard voltage lamps. When tested a number of times, low voltage does outdo the standard voltage lighting.
It’s quite obvious that low voltage offers more versatility than the line voltage lighting. It is possible to use a wider spectrum of light bulbs and therefore increase the variety of the beam size. They also support use of many types of lenses giving you more control over the type of light that is cast. Using low voltage type of lighting creates the options of fitting the light fixtures o smaller spaces.