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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