Landscape lighting is usually a significant investment for homeowners and business owners. Having a high-quality system installed – especially LED lighting installations – impacts not only the beauty of your home or the security of your business but also its value.
It’s important for any landscape lighting project – whether it involves retrofitting an existing layout or an entirely new system – to be completed without any issues arising.
For both residential and commercial LED lighting installations, here are a few priorities:
What’s the ultimate goal of your landscape lighting project? Depending on the application of the LED lamps, you need to adjust the type of fixture, driver and controls to achieve the results you’re looking for. Because of the design of LED lamps, you can use them to replace any bulb that has an Edison-base socket, such as standard incandescent bulbs or CFLs.
However, fixtures specifically designed for LED lamps will likely produce better results than simply screwing an LED into any socket. In fact, an LED-based lighting and control system is your best bet for a new landscape lighting construction when you’re beginning from square one.
2. Energy Requirements
For businesses, there are likely specific zoning regulations for energy consumption that you need to adhere to, making LEDs the best option for your lighting system. Similarly, homeowners looking to keep their long-term energy costs low can take advantage of low-voltage lighting like a 12W LED.
An article for LED Magazine highlighted the fact that a 25W LED can produce the same light output as a 100W incandescent bulb. They also last considerably longer than both fluorescent and halogen lamps – somewhere between 30,000 and 45,000 hours longer. As a result, they’re a more energy-efficient option when you’re comparing lighting products.
3. Electrical Equipment
With a low-voltage system, it’s important to remember that your home’s voltage is 120 and you’re connecting landscape lighting that runs on a fraction of that output. It’s critical to install a GFCI-protected outdoor electrical outlet to reduce your home’s current to whatever voltage LED lamps you choose.
At the same time, you have to pay attention to the total wattage your system will require. Transformers typically range from 44 to 900 watts. To connect the lighting to the transformer, you’ll need to select the right gauge for the cables. They will ultimately run underground to ensure they stay out of sight and only the landscape lighting is visible. There are multiple gauges and lengths, so it’s important that these two components match up with the wattage and number of LED lights connected to the transformer.
Select the Best Products
Ultimately, the products you choose for the LED landscape lighting project will dictate whether it will be a success. Nite Time Decor’s line of LED lamps and fixtures are industry-leading lighting products. They guarantee superb performance and will add curb appeal to your home all year long.
They also have a lifetime warranty. As a result, the Nite Time Decor contractor who installs the system will provide the solution should any trouble arise. To learn about Nite Time Decor’s product line, click here.