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What is low voltage LED lighting?

Low voltage landscape lighting is a lighting system that is designed to illuminate your outdoor spaces, such as gardens, pathways, and patios, using a low voltage power source.

Silhouette Lights are Low voltage (12V) landscape lighting that are ideal for residential and light commercial use. The LED bulbs in our low voltage lighting save up to 85% of electricity compared to conventional incandescent and halogen bulbs. Our lights are easy to install and maintain and are built to last.

Can I install low voltage landscape lighting myself?

Absolutely, you can install low voltage landscape lighting yourself if you have basic electrical knowledge and skills.

If you are unsure about your ability to safely install the system, it is best to hire an experienced professional to do the job for you.

Can I add additional lights to my existing low voltage landscape lighting system?

Yes, you can add additional lights to your existing low voltage landscape lighting system. However, it is important to ensure that your transformer can handle the additional load and that you use wire connectors to properly connect the new lights to the existing wiring.

Can I install low voltage landscape lighting in wet areas?

Yes, you can install low voltage landscape lighting in wet areas such as near fountains, ponds, or waterfalls. However, it is important to choose fixtures that are rated for wet locations and to follow all safety guidelines for outdoor electrical installations.

How do I install low voltage landscape lighting?

To install low voltage landscape lighting, you will need to follow these steps:

  1. Choose the location for the transformer and determine the length of wire needed to connect it to the lights.
  2. Dig a trench for the wire and bury it at a depth of at least 6 inches.
  3. Install the transformer and connect it to the wire.
  4. Install the lights in the desired locations, connecting each one to the wire using wire connectors.
  5. Test the system to ensure that all lights are working properly.

What is a trnasformer and why is one needed for Silhouette Lights to work?

To install low voltage landscape lighting, you will need a transformer to reduce the 120-volt output from your house's electrical system to the 12 volts used by low voltage Silhouette Lights.

Our transformes come in 3 versions. You will first want to determine how many and what specific low voltage landscape lights you plan to use for your project. Once the quantities and models have been chosen you can then properly size your transformer by multiplying the number of each light by the watts used and then add all the watgages together.

The wattage of all the low voltage landscape lights added together needs to be less than 80% of the transformer's capacity. Remember that you may want to leave room on the transformer to add additional fixtures in the future.

How do I troubleshoot low voltage landscape lighting that is not working?

If your low voltage landscape lighting is not working, you can troubleshoot the issue by following these steps:

  1. Check the power source – ensure that the transformer is plugged in and receiving power.
  2. Check the wiring – inspect the wiring connections to ensure that they are properly connected and free from damage.
  3. Check the bulbs – make sure that the bulbs are properly seated and not burned out.
  4. Check the timer – ensure that the timer is set correctly and functioning properly.
  5. Check the photocell – make sure that the photocell is not obstructed and is functioning properly.

What about sollar lights?

The appeal of solar lights for their cost and ease of installation may be a consideration. The run time and need to be placed in areas without cover may limit their usability.

How do I maintain low voltage landscape lighting?

To maintain low voltage landscape lighting, you will need to follow these steps:

  1. Clean the lights regularly to remove dirt, dust, and debris.
  2. Check the connections periodically to ensure that they are secure and free from corrosion.
  3. Replace any burned-out bulbs promptly.
  4. Adjust the lights as needed to ensure that they are aimed properly.
  5. Inspect the wire connections periodically to ensure that they are secure and free from damage.

How long will low voltage landscape lighting last?

The lifespan of low voltage landscape lighting depends on several factors, including the quality of the fixtures, the type of bulbs used, and the frequency of use. However, with proper maintenance and care, low voltage landscape lighting can last for several years.

Why are Silhouette Lights more expensive compared to box store light prices?

With landscape lighting, the difference between a “cheap” and an “expensive” landscape lighting system isn’t just the price, almost always it will be reflected in the results. By choosing the cheaper alternative, you may end up spending more because it generally doesn’t last as long, which means constant cost of repair, downtime and aggravation. Performance, reliability, serviceability, durability and function are the most important aspects in choosing lights with price way down on the list. Simply put- cheap products don’t last.

What are the benefits of outdoor lighting?

Silhouette Lights increase home security by deterring intruders who operate under the cover of darkness. It improves safety, because trips and falls are less likely on well-lit paths and walkways. Last but not least, our lights enhance your home's look and curb appeal.