A low voltage lighting system uses a transformer to convert 120 volt current to 12 volt current. This safe, low voltage is distributed to the 12 volt light fixtures via wire cable. Transformers can be mounted inside or outside depending on the lighting design and electrical outlet location. We use only the highest quality stainless steel case transformers that are UL 1838 approved for landscape lighting. Also, they carry a lifetime warranty.
Special low voltage lighting cable is used to connect the fixtures to the transformer, usually 10,12,or 18 gauge is used. The cable can be easily hidden in the landscape or in the lawn. No trenching or disturbance of existing landscaping is needed. We also staple all of our cables in the ground to keep them in place.
Most bulbs used in landscape lighting fixtures today are halogen. The reason for this is you get a brighter, whiter light with less wattage. Wattages can range from 7 to 75 watts per bulb in a low voltage system, depending on the effect you are looking for. Average life of a halogen bulb is 2500 hours. How long is that? If you use your lighting system an average of 6 hours a night / 365 days a year, that is equal to 2190 hours. We usually recommend replacement of most bulbs after 1 year of service.
Low voltage lighting fixtures can be very decorative or easy to hide (if needed). They come in a wide range of colors and styles. Fixtures are also very easy to move and adjust as your landscape changes.
We use only fixtures manufactured by Kichler. They offer a wide selection of high quality landscape lighting products. For your information we have provided some photos below of actual fixtures, as well as a link to Kichler, should you be interested in visiting their website.
One of the most important aspect of a high quality low voltage lighting system is “water-tight” connections. We use only direct bury splice kits from 3M® that prevent splices from getting wet and pulling apart.