Low Voltage Landscape Lighting Installation: Should I Hire An Electrician?
Low voltage landscape lighting comes in so many different varieties. To better assist you with your outdoor lighting vision, you should hire a licensed and insured electrician like KB Electric LLC for professional, low voltage landscape lighting installation. In this blog, we will go over what low voltage outdoor lighting is, different options, and why hiring an electrician is important for superior installation.
What Is Low Voltage Landscape Lighting?
Low voltage landscape lighting is defined as a wide variety of outdoor light fixtures for a home or business that utilizes a low voltage transformer. What this means is that there are specific outdoor light fixtures that use 12v of electricity instead of your home’s line voltage of 120v.
Low voltage outdoor light fixtures come in many shapes and sizes:
- Well Lights
- Pathway Lights
- Flood Lights
- Post Lights
- Deck Lights
- Swimming Pool and Pond Lights
What Is Required For Low Voltage Landscape Lighting Installation?
A low voltage landscape lighting installation typically needs an outdoor weather-resistant GFCI receptacle, low voltage transformer for stepping the voltage down from 120v to 12v, low voltage electrical cable, low voltage light fixtures, and any other tools and parts necessary for installation. Many low voltage landscape lighting installations also include trenching and backfill if needed. Some installations may need additional parts and labor depending on the residential or commercial property.
Advantages Of Low Voltage Outdoor Lighting
Reasons for using low voltage outdoor lighting fixtures instead of regular line voltage outdoor lighting fixtures:
- Uses less electricity and saves you money.
- Safer than using 120v of electricity for outdoor application (designed for wet and moist areas).
- Better visibility at night (high voltage lighting is known for casting shadows).
- Low voltage bulbs are smaller, which means smaller fixtures that are less obtrusive for aesthetic appeal.
- Property value can increase with a low voltage outdoor lighting system.
Should I Hire An Electrician For Low Voltage Landscape Lighting Installation?
There are many websites out there that give DIY instructions for low voltage landscape lighting installation. But if you want something done right the first time, and if you want something done with expertise to back it up, we would recommend a professional.
Electricians do this sort of thing a lot, so we know how to position your light fixtures to give you the look and feel you want. Whether you want uplighting, downlighting, moonlighting, path lighting, shadowing, spotlighting, cross lighting….we’ve done it all to know where to position your light fixtures, and how many you’ll need to achieve that specific look.
Electricians already have the tools necessary to complete your low voltage landscape lighting installation in a timely manner. KB Electric LLC’s fully stocked vans are no match for your tool shed. If something needs to be done unexpectedly, you better believe we’ll be able to find the right tool necessary for the job.
A licensed and insured electrician like KB Electric LLC has the field, wiring, and design experience necessary for quality and professional low voltage outdoor lighting installations. Because of the numerous installations we have done in the past, we highly recommend hiring a licensed and insured electrician for any outdoor lighting installation.
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