Volt Landscape Lighting – There are many types of landscape lighting available on the market today. The most commonly installed are low voltage 12 volt systems or solar lights. There are also 120-volt lighting systems available which are not usually used for residential applications, but larger commercial properties and facilities. There are several advantages to using solar lights over a 12-volt landscape lighting system and vice versa. The popularity of exterior lighting that uses solar panels to turn on the lights of each individual has grown in the last 15 years. Unfortunately, the efficiency of this special solar panel is used to process available sunlight and the onboard batteries used to store energy that has not improved with demand.
One very common limitation of volt landscape lighting is the lack of intensity or brightness of the light it provides. The duration of light that can be used is often short too. As the age of the solar panels, exposed surfaces will most likely develop a fog due to weathering elements that would interfere with the ability of solar panels to absorb and process the sunlight in sufficient quantities. As a result, the length of time each lamp stays on will be shorter and shorter. One common limitation of solar lighting is that it also means that there is no manual control when the lamp is turned on or off.
One of the key features of volt landscape lighting that may or may not be desirable for some homeowners is the fact that lights are “regulating and leaving them” lighting fixtures. After the lights are installed, lighting equipment rarely requires additional attention or thought. The convenience of this special feature is the main reason for the popularity of this type of lamp. 12-volt voltage landscape lighting does not have the above features. When installing a low voltage lighting system, a good amount of planning and preparation is needed. Of all the plans, the thickness or size of the cable will be the most important consideration and will be determined by the length of the run, the number of lights and the wattage of each lamp.