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How to Use Landscape Lighting: Choose your voltage system
Please note: Before you can select lighting fixtures and techniques for your outdoor setting, you must choose the type of voltage system you want to use: 120V (line voltage) or 12V (low voltage).
120V (line voltage) – Used in most U.S. homes, this option is recommended if the lighted subject is larger than 25 ft. or positioned more than 30 ft. from the fixture. Ground mounted 120V units require permanent installation with buried cable to meet safety standards and codes.
12V (low voltage) – This system uses a transformer to reduce the usual 120V power supply down to 12V, reducing the risk of injury from electrical shock because the amount of electrical current is much less. This option is preferable where lights might be moved, and the fixtures are usually smaller – due to the lamp.
Landscape Lighting Design Techniques for Creating Dramatic Effects
Progress Lighting offers the following tips and design techniques to follow when planning landscape design, ensuring your yard will be a wonderful environment where your friends and family can relax.
Path Lighting Accent Lighting
Lighting along paths and driveways enhances the overall theme of your outdoor space while preventing accidents in the dark.
• Position lights on alternate sides for even illumination
• Define edges by positioning lights about one foot from one or both sides of the path
• Position lights to avoid shadows when used at steps, as well as away from plants so they don’t interfere with light distribution
Also known as spot lighting, this effect uses cross lighting and uplighting techniques to showcase a particular item in your garden with bright light in an otherwise dark area. Use an accessory shield to avoid glare.