Low Voltage vs High Voltage Landscape Lighting
What voltage is best for me? This is by far one of the most common questions we get asked by our clients. Luckily for them, our experts are highly trained in pinpointing precisely which solution would work best for you. The decision, however, will purely be based on your current and future wants and needs. So have a look below at the pros and cons of low versus high voltage solutions. We hope we can help shine a bit of light on the matter to make your decision a little bit easier. We promise you will not be disappointed.
Pros of Low Voltage
The first advantage we need to consider is that of cost. Low voltage lighting solutions tend to be considerable more cost-effective. From the bulbs to running costs, you simply get more watt for your buck. Next, we need to consider the wide variety of choices available when it comes to low voltage solutions. These systems are also a lot easier to install than their counterparts and have minimal maintenance requirements. Last but by no means least, they are a lot safer. This means less risk of shock to children and animals, especially in the wet weather and floods.
Cons of Low Voltage
The simple fact is that when it comes to low voltage power solutions, there are really not that many cons. If we are being honest, the biggest drawback would be the fact that you would need a transformer. This will help you reduce the voltage to the level the system needs to run efficiently and safely. The only other thing we can really think of when it comes to a low voltage system is making sure the cables are properly sized so that your lights do not begin to dim or become overextended. There really are very few drawbacks when it comes to low voltage systems, but consulting an expert is always ideal.
Pros of High Voltage
One of the biggest advantages, when it cons to high voltage solutions, is light, glorious light. These systems are perfect for those looking to illuminate large areas that will provide them with an extra sense of security. This means that you will essentially require fewer features, as the brighter the light, the fewer you will need. Lastly, since you do not need to reduce the power load received from the main property, you will not need a transformer. This solution is better suited to those clients with large spaces that need illumination.
Cons of High Voltage
As with most things in life, the bigger the solution, the bigger the potential problems. It is no different when one is considering high voltage solutions. Firstly it will need to be installed by a qualified electrician. This is non-negotiable. This is not just essential for safety, but to ensure your system meets local building codes. It is also more expensive when it comes to installation due to being a bit more difficult to install. Add to this the fact that the risk of electrocution is much higher. So give us a call today so we can help you determine which system is best suited to you.