Low-voltage lighting is another good way to highlight the most important elements of your landscape. It’s flexible enough to allow plants to grow freely and safe enough not to harm children or unsuspecting landscapers. Even if the low-voltage cable is cut by mistake, the 12 volts of electricity flowing through the lines wouldn’t cause any damage. These systems rely on a transformer that reduces the amount of electricity moving through the cable. If normal electrical flow is 120 volts, the transformer will knock that down to a harmless 12 volts. Okay, with that in mind, let’s think about planning a landscape.
To design the lighting system properly, determine what you want to highlight. It sounds simple enough, right? Take a walk through the yard and find the areas of focus. Low-voltage lights work better in groupings rather than a single light. Some easy things to illuminate are pathways, sidewalks, entertainment areas, island flower beds, and backyard water designs. Now that’s just a small list of items low-voltage lighting can bring to light. This type of system can create special mood lighting or dramatic shadows; you just have to experiment and find what works for your particular landscaping.
Installing the low-voltage cable can be done in couple ways; both require some digging. The easiest way is to dig a shallow trench and hide the cable just below the surface. The other option will still require digging a trench, and then running the cable through a conduit. Either way is fine, a conduit is just a little more tidy.
The planning stage is next. Generally, landscapers use four different methods of installation for low voltage.
Just remember, the closer your lights are to the transformer the brighter they will be!
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