Friday, February 12, 2010

Installing LED Landscape Lighitng

Installing a LED Landscape Lighting system is much easier to do than the typical lighting system. You'll still have to run wire and do a little digging but the wiring diagram is very simple. With halogen systems you will have to balance the lights to prevent them from dimming at the end of the line. With LED, you can run up to 184 watts on on line (most led lights will be 3 watt - 8 watts each without voltage drop (dimming).

Halogens run at 12v or more based on distance from the transformer; the further out you go, the higher voltage you will need. LED will "self-balance" between 10v- 15v without dimming. In most installations a standard 12 volts transformer works just fine.

If you currently have a low voltage halogen lighting system and want to save up to 80% on your energy costs, consider upgrading to LED. You do not have to change your wiring, just remove the old fixture and put the new LED landscape lighting fixture in place. Check your transformer and be sure its set below 15v (if you have a multi-tap transformer).

You may also be interested in a snapshot of the costs of a led landscape lighting system compared to a halogen landscape lighting system.
Energy Costs

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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

LED Landscape Lighitng Fixture Preview


Thursday, January 21, 2010

Not so with LED Landscape Lighting

In a previous post (Wow it's Getting Dark) , I talked about regular maintenance required for changing light bulbs. I explained the fact that voltage changes (see comments) can lead to a domino burnout effect. When one goes, the others will follow soon if that one is not replaced soon. Keep an annual schedule to help track the life of the bulbs.

All this this is a non-issue if you use LED landscape lights. First, they do not use bulbs (see facts), and they work between 10v - 15v, so they are not impacted the way halogen fixtures are. If burnout has been a problem for you, consider upgrading to LED landscape lights. No additional wiring is needed, they last up to 10 years (and are upgradeable), and you'll save up to 80% in energy costs.