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  • Features to Highlight with LED Low Voltage Landscape Lighting

    Customize Your Own LED Low-Voltage Landscape Lighting Design

    The most common choice for residential outdoor lighting is the 12V system, often referred to as "low voltage." This system works by converting the standard 120V current to 12V using a transformer. The primary advantages of low voltage lighting include:

    • Minimal risk of electrical shock, even in underwater settings
    • DIY-friendly installation, unlike 120V ("line voltage") systems which require a licensed electrician
    • A wide variety of energy-efficient 12V fixtures available
    • Low voltage wires can be buried directly in a shallow trench (minimum depth: 6") without the need for conduit

    Whether you are a DIY enthusiast or a professional lighting installer, low voltage is usually the preferred option for residential applications. For commercial, security, and municipal lighting, as well as large estates, 120V outdoor lighting is often recommended.

    The primary component of an outdoor lighting system is the fixture. It houses the light source and directs the light to the desired area. In a 12-volt lighting system, the next key component is the low voltage transformer, which converts the standard 120-volt power supply to 12 volts AC. Additional components include wire and wiring connectors, which transmit power from the transformer to the fixtures in the yard. Our landscape lighting kits come complete with all necessary components for installation, such as LED bulbs, ground stakes, and conduit. These kits provide the simplest and most cost-effective solution for adding a professional-grade lighting system to your home. Everything you need is conveniently packaged in one box, offering bundled pricing for added savings.

    Uplighting is the most common type of landscape lighting used to highlight specific key features on both commercial and residential properties.

    Flood lights are spotlights with a beam angle of 60 degrees or wider, illuminating broad areas with a single fixture.

    Path lights serve as guiding lights for walkways and pathways, and can also illuminate large flower beds and areas with ground vegetation.

    Hardscape lights are low-profile fixtures used to highlight specific architectural features.

    Well lights are used for up-lighting scenarios where the light source needs to stay hidden.

    Downlights are spotlights or flood lights specifically oriented to shine downward.

    Permanent roof lighting, which used to consist of bulb-like lights along the perimeter, is now represented by our innovative, stunning, and groundbreaking new product: the X Series.

    Haven Lighting ensures longevity and durability for outdoor environments. Our fixtures, low-voltage transformers, LED lights, and accessories, are engineered with state-of-the-art components. They undergo rigorous field testing to guarantee robustness and easy installations.

    Low voltage lighting is designed to be safe and straightforward, making it accessible for homeowners to install as a do-it-yourself project. With our Helpful Videos offer how-to videos and articles, we are dedicated to ensuring a seamless installation experience. The essential step is to begin your project by creating a comprehensive outdoor lighting installation plan, which greatly assists in preventing errors. It's a simple process—start by sketching your property layout, determining the transformer and fixture locations, and planning your wire runs accordingly.

    Haven's landscape lights are versatile, enhancing the beauty, safety, and security of various outdoor spaces such as yards, gardens, patios, decks, docks, flower beds, pathways, driveways, outdoor kitchens, pools, ponds, tree canopies, flagpoles, and retaining walls. With low voltage lighting installed, you can extend your enjoyment of these areas well into the evening hours.

    The spacing of landscape lights depends on several factors such as your specific application, personal preferences, terrain, and the beam spread of the fixtures. For example, if you're installing path lights with a 10-foot beam spread and want continuous lighting along a walkway, you might place the fixtures 10 feet apart. However, if you prefer independent pools of light, you might space them 12 feet apart. Before installation, it's helpful to walk the area, mark potential fixture locations with flags or markers, and measure distances between fixtures as well as back to your transformer.

    1. Limited Power: Low voltage systems are best suited for devices and appliances that don't require high power.

    2. Initial Cost: There can be a higher upfront cost for low voltage systems because of the need for transformers and specialized fixtures.

    3. Commercial businesses may find passing inspection more challenging.

    Low voltage landscape lighting is outdoor lighting that uses 12–24 volts of power, instead of the 120 volts used in line voltage lighting.A transformer converts the standard 120V current into 12V, making it safe for outdoor use and more energy efficient.

    The maximum distance a low voltage wire can run for landscape lighting is influenced by the wire gauge and wattage:

    • 12 gauge wire: Suitable for up to 100 feet per 100 watts of light. With a 12-volt output transformer, a 50-watt load can run up to 129 feet with minimal voltage drop, while a 100-watt load should be limited to 65 feet.
    • 14 gauge wire: Capable of running up to 150 feet with a 300-watt transformer.
    • 16 gauge wire: Can extend up to 400 feet, though this is generally not recommended as best design practice.

    Yes, low voltage lights are definitely worth considering. They are energy-efficient, safer to install and operate, and often provide the same brightness as standard voltage lights. Additionally, they are great for creating a beautiful and flexible lighting design in your landscape or home.


    If you have any further questions, we are here to help. Please feel free to contact us for assistance.

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