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Low Voltage Lighting is a Versatile Performer

Low voltage lighting is often used for exterior lighting of gardens and walkways, but this versatile form of lighting is actually quite versatile for any number of uses.  Although many people think of low voltage lighting as rather dim, today's newer versions can give off quite a bit of bright light when you use higher wattage bulbs (you can use bulbs from four to fifty watts in many fixtures) or when you switch from incandescent to fluorescent or halogen bulbs.


By converting the power from a standard 110 volts to thirty volts or less (the general range is anywhere from 12 to 30 volts), these lights remove serious shock hazards and save you a substantial amount of money over the years.


Exterior Low Voltage Lighting

Outdoor Lighting still remains the most popular application for low voltage lighting, and for good reason.  The right lights installed outdoors can illuminate walkways, highlight particular lawn and garden features and push back the shadows around our patio.  Since low voltage landscape lighting uses less energy than standard voltage lighting, it is particularly suited for outdoor lighting systems that come on automatically at dusk and stay on for several hours or until dawn.  Exterior low voltage lighting is also much safer than standard voltage lighting.  There is very little electricity being used and prevents serious injuries from electrical shock due to water exposure.


Some of the most popular low voltage lighting solutions for outdoors include small pathway lights that can be easily installed by pushing each light post into the ground.  Because the power line is low voltage, it can remain on top of the ground; there is no need to bury the beneath the ground.  You can, however, cover it with mulch or decorative stone to disguise it if you wish.  Moving the lights is convenient and easy.


Interior Low Voltage Lighting

More people are using low voltage halogen lighting for interior lighting every year.  Most rooms today use what is sometimes called "layered lighting," meaning several light fixtures are used at different locations and levels to provide plenty of light that is flattering and gives sufficient illumination for a variety of tasks.


You will often find low voltage lighting used as kitchen lighting, where the lower shock value makes it ideal for around kitchen sinks.  Under cabinet low voltage lighting can give cooks just enough added task lighting for chopping foods and preparing meals at a low cost.  Recessed ceiling lights or can lights can be installed in clusters in just about any room in the house.  The use of several low voltage lights rather than one central standard voltage light allows you to use more indirect lighting to illuminate dark corners and give a soft, diffused lighting that adds warmth and ambiance to the room.


Low voltage spotlights can also highlight works or art, potted plants or particular seating areas, showing off particular room features and dividing larger rooms into distinct zones.  You'll find a variety of creative ways to use low voltage interior lighting to warm up your home at minimal cost.

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