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Low voltage lighting for your pond.

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Low voltage lighting for your pond

 

Low voltage lights offer many advantages. They’re easy to install and change, use less energy than 120 volt lighting, don’t require complicated precautions or configurations, give you more flexibility in your lighting options, and are intrinsically safe. Their initial cost is modest compared to alternatives. Installation of a low voltage lighting system does not require the services of a licensed electrician, it’s a simple do-it-yourself project. Often  used with residential water features, low voltage lights require an electrical transformer that converts regular household 120 volt current into safer 12 volt power. The lights and transformer are sold in kits as well as additional modular pieces. Here’s what you will need ,a transformer, a power cord, stakes for in ground placement, holders for in water placement, a set of lights, a set of 12 volt bulbs, and optional colored lenses. Some kits include a timer that turns the lights on and off daily. Check the wattage of the transformer to determine the maximum number of lights it can support. You may want to add more lights later without having to buy another transformer. Plug the transformer into a GFCI outlet when you want to turn on the lights. For wiring simplicity, install a transformer with a build in timer.

 

 

 

 

         Tips for successful lighting for your pond

 

1. Install underwater lights directly below a waterfall or fountain. Aim light in the same direction as the water’s motion to highlight it.

2. Install ground lighting so that it shines away from the observer. Pathway lights should focus on the ground or nearby plants.

3. Low voltage underwater bulbs are typically 20 watts, low voltage garden light bulbs are usually 10 or 12 watts, and the underwater and garden bulbs may be used interchangeably. However if you were using a low voltage garden light set that power six ground lights and decided to add one underwater light you would have to cut back to only four of the ground lights to avoid overloading the circuit.

4. Avoid directing lights to shine on the water’s surface this creates glare. Use the water as a reflecting pool by leaving the surface dark and lighting the surrounding landscape instead.

5. Periodic cleaning of submersible light lenses keep them performing at their best.

6. Install lighting around your water feature before you do final landscape.

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High voltage lighting for your pond

 

Large, deep pools generally require the more intense light that comes from line voltage 120 volt lighting. Although it has the power to provide brilliant lighting, line voltage lighting can be used for the same purposes as low voltage lighting. Enlist an electrical contractor to install submersible lights into the walls of a concrete pond.

 

 

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