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Low Voltage Lighting For The Residential Landscape

29 Feb

By: John Curtis, Landscape Designer at Dennis’ 7 Dees

Low voltage lighting systems, for outdoor use, have been around since the early 1950’s.  Before that time, lighting in the landscape was limited to 120 volt household current, installed by licensed electricians and used primarily for safety and security purposes. These lights were expensive to install and due to the large amount of power consumption, the yearly energy costs were significant.  With the advent of 12 volt lighting systems, lights became more economical to install and to operate.  After 60 years low voltage lighting systems have entered the mainstream of modern landscape installations.  Throughout the years the evolution and availability of a wide variety of high quality fixtures and longer lasting, energy saving bulbs, have lead to their popularity.  More energy reduction and cost savings can be obtained today with the arrival and refinement of LED technology.  LED lighting fixtures use approximately 80 percent less energy than traditional incandescent low voltage lights.

Photo by John Curtis of Dennis’ 7 Dees

There are many reasons to consider investing in a lighting system for your outdoor landscape.  Safety and security are usually the first reasons many people decide to install lights.  Pathways, steps and driveways are but a few of the areas around a home that benefit from increased visibility on a dark night.

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Another incentive to light is to create a mood and atmosphere around the property for an inviting look.  Highlighting trees, specimen plants, water features, and garden elements can create an aesthetic that is hard to duplicate during the daylight hours.

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Area lighting for entertaining is another aspect that is often overlooked.  A popular trend is towards more outdoor living spaces such as outdoor kitchens, patios and spaces for entertaining.  Many of these activities, that are curtailed by darkness, can be prolonged into the evening by a well designed and professionally installed low voltage lighting system

FX LuminareModern lighting fixtures come in a wide range of designs and materials to suit different areas and create a multitude of lighting effects.  If you are thinking about investing in, or upgrading an existing low voltage landscape lighting system, call our office to schedule a free consultation with one of our lighting design consultants.

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