Do you understand the basics of low voltage lighting? The lights in your home will either be low voltage or line voltage. We’ll have a quick run through of what this means and how you can benefit by using low voltage lighting.
What is low voltage lighting?
As opposed to the AC-operated line voltage, low voltage is run via direct current using a transmitter. This transforms the electricity signal to bring it down from 120 volts (as in line voltage) to just 12 volts. Low voltage lighting is used for a variety of different household lights, which we will look at in more detail later on in this article.
The benefits of low voltage lighting
Each type of lighting has its own pros and cons, but low voltage lighting is becoming the much more popular choice. Line voltage lighting may require less expensive light fixtures as it does not require a transformer, but low voltage lighting has lots of advantages of its own. Here are a few key ones:
- More energy efficient – Operating at only 12v, low voltage lighting uses much less energy making them energy efficient and environmentally friendly.
- Lower cost – As they use less energy, relying on low voltage lights will also save you a significant amount of money on your electricity bills.
- Last longer – Low voltage lightbulbs last significantly longer than line voltage bulbs, up to as long as 50 times longer. So, you won’t have to pay for replacement bulbs as often.
- Good quality of light – Despite using less energy, low voltage lightbulbs produce just as much light as line voltage but it is generally considered to be a more natural looking light, warmer and clearer than line voltage.
- Less heat emitted – As well as using less energy, low voltage lightbulbs also emit less heat than line voltage. This means they are safer for the household, especially when kids are around as they are not hot to the touch. It also means that excess heat isn’t produced when you’re trying to keep your house cool in the summer.
Styles of lights available
A variety of different fixtures and bulbs are available for use with low voltage lighting. The variety of lightbulbs means that you have a wide range of choice when it comes to the beam size and style of your lights. Smaller lightbulbs can be used with low voltage lighting as the filament size can be smaller, meaning you can have more versatility and smaller sizes of light fixtures. Styles of light fixtures commonly used with low voltage lighting include recessed lighting, pendant lighting, and rail lighting systems.
Take a look at the wide range of low voltage LED lighting systems we have available at Castlelights, and get in touch for out light installation services in Winston Salem, Greensboro, High Point, Kernersville, and the surrounding Piedmont Triad.