Outdoor Lighting

Do you have an outdoor lighting system that performed well when it was installed 10 years ago, but has  gradually lost its luster? 

Maybe a few of the fixtures don't work at all after the kids used them for soccer practice, or they got bumped with a lawn mower and just don't stand up on their own anymore. 

Or, how about those solar-powered lights that looked so promising in the catalog but have never really lived up to your expectations?


A professional quality, low voltage outdoor lighting system enhances your home's safety and security, and expands your evening outdoor living space.




There are many advantages to installing a 12 Volt system: 

Greater Efficiency = Cost Savings

When calculating the energy consumed by a transformer, the total watts of the lamps connected is the total watts consumed. (There is also about a 3.5% power consumption for the transformer itself.)

A system with a 300 Watt transformer with 250 Watts of lamps connected and an electric rate charge of 12 cents per Killowatt/ hour would cost only $.031 per hour to light up an entire garden. 

250 W + 9 (transformer loss) = 259 total Watts x $.12= $.031
 


Add new "drop-in" (retrofit) LEDs and the savings are incredible! 


Variable light levels

Because of the limited number of 120V lamps available it is virtually impossible to get a lower level (maintained) of light than can be achieved with the more compact lamps and varied wattages of 12 volt lamps.

With 120V lamps, for either aesthetics or safety, when the need occurs to increase the level of illumination on a given surface the contrast is overwhelming. The lack of variety of lamps in micro wattage increments results in an upward climbing spiral of brightness.


Fixture variety and flexibility

Low voltage fixtures are available in a wide variety of types and styles for a range of purposes. There are fixtures for up and accent lighting, down lighting, path and area lighting, etc. 

Installation is less complicated. Trenches can be shallower, conduit is not generally required, and fixtures can easily be moved to accommodate plant growth or landscape changes.

Preserving/conserving our natural resources and environment

Low voltage lighting lighting consumes 50% less energy than line voltage lighting. 
Because it is safer, low voltage lighting requires no steel or plastic conduit to protect the wires. Because of their smaller size, 12 volt lamps require less energy and materials to manufacture.

 
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