Landscape lighting has become a must-have for residential and commercial properties in the Greater Atlanta area. Outdoor lighting contributes to your property’s aesthetic beauty, makes it safer, and adds value to the property as a whole.
Low voltage landscape lighting is a desirable option for homes and businesses — and one with which our team at Bloom’n Gardens Landscape has much experience. We’ve advised and assisted clients all over the Atlanta area with their landscape and architectural outdoor lighting. Read on to learn more about how low voltage lighting is safer and more energy-efficient.
What is low voltage landscape lighting?
Low voltage landscape lighting is the most common type of outdoor lighting in use. Its flexibility and practicality make it very popular among property owners. This lighting is easy to install and only needs a few critical pieces for setup:
- Transformer: As the essential part of the system, the transformer steps down the electrical power from the 120-volt current that is standard in a household to the 12-volts required for the lighting system.
- Light fixtures: Available in various styles, shapes, and uses, basic light fixtures in your setup may include a floodlight, path light, spotlight, wall wash light, well light, and submersible pond light. LEDs are the ideal option when it comes to outdoor lighting.
- Low voltage electrical cable: This cable connects the light fixtures to the transformer and is generally 12-, 14-, or 16-gauge.
Top Reasons to Choose Low Voltage Landscape Lighting
Safety, energy efficiency, environmentally friendly, and ease of installation and maintenance are all the most important reasons to choose low voltage landscape lighting for your property across the Atlanta, GA area and nearby communities.
When it comes to using any electrical equipment, safety is a primary concern. High-voltage lighting systems require at least 120 volts of power, whereas low voltage systems use only 12 volts. Low voltage lighting is also weatherproof and designed for use outside; the dangers of rain and moisture coming in contact with your outdoor lights are very low. Lastly, this type of lighting is also a crime deterrent. It will discourage burglars and other criminals from coming near your home or business if there are many lights where they can be seen.
Low voltage landscaping lighting is as energy efficient as you can get. The cost of powering a 12-volt system plus the low wattage of the bulbs it uses makes for a noticeably low utility bill. A 12-watt LED bulb produces the same amount of energy as a 50-watt high voltage system.
Not only is low voltage lighting better for the environment because it is energy efficient, but it also consists of more eco-friendly materials. Most low voltage lighting uses MR16 light bulbs, which do not contain the mercury vapor in the bulbs of other lighting systems. Mercury vapor is harmful to people and the environment. The vapor from that type of bulb seeps into the surrounding ground, degrading the soil and affecting anything around it. In contrast, MR16 light bulbs do not have harmful vapors, so you can safely use them anywhere on your property.
Ease of Installation & Maintenance
Installing a low voltage lighting system is much easier than putting in a high voltage one. High voltage systems require permits from the local authorities. You must bury the lines and all the connections have to be accessible from junction boxes. All those considerations add up to increased costs.
Low voltage systems only require a functional transformer and you can place cables at any depth below ground or even above ground. It’s easy to expand the system as your outdoor lighting needs changes.
Take Advantage of Low Voltage Landscape Lighting - Call Us Today!
A well-lit property is more valuable, stays safer, and has beautiful curb appeal. At Bloom’n Gardens Landscape, our team has years of design and installation experience ready to help you light your property with low-cost, low-energy, and low voltage landscape lighting. Call our team today at (404) 314-1474 to schedule a consultation.