The Many Advantages of Using Low Voltage Landscape Lighting

The Many Advantages of Using Low Voltage Landscape Lighting

While most homeowners are well aware of the many advantages of using landscape lighting, they may not know why low voltage landscape lighting is the best choice. Here’s a comprehensive list of the advantages of using low voltage landscape lighting.

Aesthetics

Low voltage landscape lighting produces a light that is soft and similar to natural moonlight, which makes it easier to display the beauty of your outdoor space. High voltage lighting can be too bright and overpowering and therefore obstruct the view.

Energy Efficiency

Low voltage landscape lighting uses only a third of the energy that it takes to power high voltage landscape lights, which, of course, decreases their impact on the environment and your household energy bill. Also, low voltage LED lights can last for nearly 30 years, which is significantly longer than traditional halogen or incandescent lighting.

Safety

Low voltage lighting is a safer option for installation and everyday use since due to their low voltage, you are not at risk of electrocution, which means you don’t have to fear using your landscape lighting in the rain or snow. Additionally, low voltage lighting cables can be hidden safely directly under the topsoil whereas high voltage cables need to be deeply buried for safety purposes.

Visibility and Security

One of the primary purposes of landscape lighting is to illuminate your property so that you and others can navigate your property safely. However, when you use high voltage lighting, your view can still be obstructed by large shadows or glare. Because low voltage lighting does not impede the visibility of your property, it makes it safer for people to navigate and easier for you to detect possible intruders.

Recreational Use

Landscape lighting makes it easier for you to utilize your outdoor recreational areas at night. And when you choose a low voltage lighting option, you can do so without accumulating a hefty energy bill.

Property Value

Landscape lighting for all the reasons listed above are sought-after features for home buyers, which is why having a quality landscape lighting system can actually increase your property value. And since the vast majority of home buyers are looking for energy-efficient amenities, you can make your property more desirable by having a low voltage landscape lighting system. Additionally, low voltage lighting is ideal for displaying landscape elements such as retaining walls and flower beds that can draw potential buyers to your property.

Other Advantages

  • It’s easier to reposition a low voltage landscape lighting system, so if you expand your patio or add a retaining wall, it’ll be easy to redesign your lighting.
  • Because the lighting isn’t overpowering, it’s easier to have multiple landscape lighting elements such as flood, well, pathway and deck lights.
  • By adequately illuminating your pool or sports court (tennis, basketball, etc.), you’re able to get far more use out of them which will have a positive effect on your health.

Are there any other advantages of using low voltage landscape lighting that we missed? Please share in the comments.

Benefits of Low Voltage Landscape Lighting

Benefits of low voltage landscape lighting

First things first, what is low voltage lighting? Low voltage lighting uses a step-down transformer through which the electricity is transformed from 120 volts to 12 volts. Although initially popular in indoor applications, low voltage landscape lighting has been growing in popularity because of the many benefits it offers.

Security

One of the benefits of low voltage lighting is that it emits even levels of illumination. Used strategically to light up walkways, outdoor pools or ponds, driveways, and entry areas, low voltage lights improve security outdoors by dissuading potential trespassers and intruders from entering your property.

Usability

It’s a no-brainer that illuminating your outdoor areas such as your deck enables you to make the most of your property, especially during the summer months. Low voltage lighting enables you to continue to make use of your outdoor entertaining space even after sunset.

Aesthetics

Creatively placing low voltage landscape lighting enhances the overall look of your property and highlights the landscape elements that bring you the most pride. For instance, using a technique called uplighting, where the light is focused directly on a plant or decorative feature, you can create unique looks, giving your property that wow factor.

Economy

One of the many benefits of low voltage lighting is that it is energy-efficient; it consumes less electricity compared to high voltage systems, saving you money in the long run.

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Inspiring winter garden decks

Just because the days are shorter in the winter doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy your outdoor room as much as you do the rest of the year. With the appropriate plants, lighting and even heated decks where necessary, you can enjoy your cozy oasis when Old Man Winter is in town.

To give you a little inspiration for your winter deck gardens, we’ve compiled a little gallery to help you get started on your project.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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