Why install low-voltage landscape lighting?

Low-voltage landscape lighting provides important benefits.

ENERGY EFFICIENT:  Many homes with older outdoor lighting are powered by 120 volt current. Low-voltage lighting operates on a 12 volt current. This is similar to the amount of electricity used by a car battery. 12 volt is therefore much safer and more energy efficient.

BEAUTIFICATION: Focal points stand out and become more beautiful. Textures not seen in daylight become eye-catching detail.

USABILITY: Landscape lighting extends the time that can be spent outdoors.

SAFE PASSAGE: Hazards such as steps, low-hanging or thorny vegetation, abrupt changes in elevation, or other obstacles can all be avoided with properly placed landscape lighting.

SECURITY: It’s a proven fact that a well-lit landscape will deter potential intruders by eliminating dark areas and shadows that would conceal movement around the property.

VALUE: Landscape lighting not only brings a property to life, it also provides excellent return on investment by creating a stunning first impression when viewed by visitors.

Professional quality fixtures and equipment offer better construction, construction materials like copper and stainless steel, and are often accompanied by extensive manufacturers warranties. Also, there is a wider variety of professional quality equipment on the market. This allows a designer to choose specific fixtures with the specific functions that will best serve the particular landscape in question. There are a large variety of fixture colors and styles available.

The cost of a low-voltage system will depend on the number of fixtures specified, the size of the property in question, the purpose of the system and so on. You can be sure that the cost of a professional system will exceed the cost of a home store kit. However, this initial expense is offset by the extended life and added enjoyment available from a professional system that creates more appealing and diverse lighting effects. When compared to line voltage alternatives, low voltage is far more economical with regard to operating expense and per fixture costs.

Low voltage lighting requires a transformer to change the electrical voltage form 120 to 12 volts. This transformer is typically mounted on the exterior of the residence and can have a photocell or timer to turn the lights on and off.  The transformer is plugged into an existing outlet or one that is added specifically for the transformer.

Contact Grooms, Edmond, Oklahoma for more information (405) 348-2557

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