Why Low-voltage Landscape Lighting?
In a world where the price of power is steep, more and more people are looking to reduce their light bills by cutting down on usage. If you have a garden or yard that needs lighting, low-voltage landscape lights can give you exactly the edge you need to be competitive in the race for conservation. Low-voltage lights typically operate on a 12 V power supply rather than the usual 120 V line supply. Low-voltage does not mean low light or poor light, but it does equate to a lower light bill that could save several hundreds of dollars for you every year.
Benefits of Low-voltage Lighting
The first and most obvious benefit of low-voltage lights is the ongoing cost factor. Typical low-voltage lighting uses 12-18 watt bulbs, which are sufficient for path lighting, deck lighting and other landscape lighting requirements. The fact that they are low-voltage means they run much longer for every unit of power they use: a 15-watt bulb uses half the power of a 30-watt bulb, and for this reason, many people are switching over to low-voltage lights rather than using floods or spots that use more power per hour. The cost of purchase is also relatively cheaper because low-voltage lighting comes with smaller fixtures that are naturally cheaper than their bigger cousins.
The second benefit comes from power conservation: because fossil fuels are still the main source of electricity, the less you use, the lighter the load on the earth’s reserves. It directly benefits the environment when you use low-voltage lighting for your landscape. Additionally, if you install timers on your yard lights, you save even more because you won’t have to depend on manually turning them off every morning. You could set them to go off during the first light of morning. That savings alone is enough to offset any power wastage within the home.
Types of Low-voltage Lighting for Landscapes
Today, low-voltage lights are available in a variety of models. Some use low-power incandescent bulbs, but the more efficient lighting comes from either compact fluorescent or LED lights. The latter is the preferred choice, but it’s a matter of preference. Each of these gives a different lighting effect, so you have the freedom to choose from the three types of lighting while still maintaining your savings and helping the environment.
With regard to design, low-voltage lights are available for any purpose you need: path lighting, deck lighting, spot lighting, accent lights, embedded, submerged (for your pool lighting needs) and many more. The choice of design is staggering, and you’ll be hard-pressed to identify a set of lights that won’t go well with your landscape theme. Antique-style, post-modern, contemporary, classic – the list goes on.
Most people are surprised by how inexpensive low-voltage lights can be. Prices start from as little as $25 per light and most products come with manufacturer warranties for replacement or repair. Naturally, there are higher-priced models as well, but the fact that they’re available in a wide price range makes them a perfect fit for almost any landscape lighting budget.