FAQ’s for Low-Voltage Lighting

FAQ‘s for Low-Voltage Lighting

Q: Will I get the same high quality results with a packaged lighting set from a retail store?

A: No. Boxed light sets have a predetermined style selection and maximum length of wire, which restricts light placement while offering no flexibility on bulb choice. Also, these transformers typically do not provide multiple voltage taps to compensate for voltage drops, resulting in inconsistent brightness from one fixture to another. Simply stated, professional grade fixtures offer better durability and more options.

Q:Why use 12-volt lighting?

A: Low-voltage lights are safe, economic, offer a wider variety of lamps and fixtures, and provide better accuracy and quality of light truer to the color of sunlight than 120-volt lamps.

Q:Are all lamps (bulbs) created equal?

A:No. Tungsten halogen lamps produce a whiter, more intense light than incandescent lamps of comparable wattage, allowing you to achieve excellent color rendition and maintain consistent lumen output for the life of the lamp.

The quality of the mirrored reflector coatings and the alignment of the filament are critical, too. The thickness and application of these coatings ensure that they do not crack or peel under the stress of high temperatures (welcome to Arizona!). Proper filament alignment within the reflector assures beam accuracy and uniformity from lamp to lamp. Sonoran Rain utilizes the highest quality lighting components available.

Q:How important is voltage?

A: Absolutely critical. Proper voltage determines luminescent consistency and life expectancy of lamps. The job of the transformer is to reduce 120-volt power to a safe, energy-efficient, economical 12-volt current. A low-voltage transformer is the heart of a professional landscape lighting system. Northern Lights LED uses multi-tap transformers to compensate for distances where voltage drop may occur.

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