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Q: What are the advantages of low voltage lighting?
A: There are three distinct advantages to using low voltage lighting. Safety, fixture selection and installation. Low voltage lighting uses a 12 volt system instead of the normal domestic voltage of 110 volts. It’s much safer to have outside because there’s no shock hazard from damaged fixtures or slices cables if you should happen to come in contact with them. There is a wide variety of sizes, shapes and applications that are smaller and more compact, yet produce stunning results. People who have installed these systems, professional or “do-it-yourselfers” say a big benefit is the cleaner installation that it provides. The low-voltage systems use less hardware to distract from the grounds and offer less disruption to gardens.
Q: How long does it take to install?
A: Most systems can be installed in one day.
Q: Is the installation disruptive to my yard and landscape?
A: No disruption. If trenching is required across the lawn, a small incision is made about 6-8 inches deep, the wire is placed inside, and the grass folded over top of it. As long as there is normal rainfall, there should be no damage to the lawn. In the dirt areas, the wire is buried 6-8 inches deep. Where there is mulch, the wire is placed just under the mulch, for ease of seasonal mulching and landscaping.
Q: How does this affect my electricity bill?
A: The average cost to run our lighting system is about $8.00 per month.
Q: What is the warranty on the lighting system?
A: We install all systems with a one year workmanship and minimum 10 year repair or replacement warranty on all fixtures, along with lifetime manufacturer’s warranty on all transformers.
Q: How much does it cost?
A: Our average installation runs around $2,500. This includes the fixtures, the transformer, the labor and installation materials, and the warranty.
Q: How are landscape lighting systems controlled? Do I have to be at home to turn it on? Is there a timer?
A: Landscape lighting systems can be controlled in several different ways. Photocells detect when the sun has set and turn the system on, and then turn it off when the sun rises. (On at dusk, off at dawn). Timers allow you to program when you want the lights to come on and when you want them to go off.
There is even a version of timer that varies the on and off times slightly to make it look like the system is being activated by a person, even when you’re away. Photocells and timers can also be used together, for example to turn the system on at dusk and to turn it off at a prescribed hour.
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