Outdoor Lighting Services in Middle TN
Beautify and secure your property with strategic, low voltage outdoor lighting.
Our passion for outdoor lighting is to create for you a lighting design that brings your vision, desires, and lifestyle to life for your home, properties, or businesses. We are constantly researching and testing the latest outdoor lighting products and “energy saving” innovations. We take great pleasure in servicing our satisfied clients with superior design and care, with a commitment to maintain and update their systems for years to come, all with a product and service guarantee.
Choosing the Right Lighting: LED vs Halogen
In the past, choosing between LED and halogen lights took little effort. For a professional look, tungsten-halogen outdoor lighting had no equal. LED, still lacking maturity, was of poor quality and provided inconsistent lighting effects at best. At worst, the LED landscape lighting fixtures would break or fail shortly after purchase.
Today, LED landscape lighting is now the preferred type. LED chips have improved greatly and prices have dropped. But the consumer still needs to beware. Not all LED lights are created equal. There are some that still have poor color, low light levels, and fail prematurely. Warranties are a pretty good guide. The typical LED garden light at a big-box store will have no more than a 1-year warranty (if that!). That doesn’t make much sense –– buying an LED light that’s supposed to last for 20 years but is only warranted for 1 year. The construction of these big-box LED fixtures is also very poor. This is why if you are serious about getting garden lights that will last in your landscape, you need to buy the well-engineered, durable brass light from a company like VOLT® Lighting. The lifetime warranty on every LED fixture and LED bulb tells you that these are some very robust products.
What if you already have landscape lighting fixture with tungsten-halogen bulbs? Should you replace them? Absolutely! The light projected from VOLT® LED bulbs is indistinguishable from your halogen bulbs. It’s easy to convert your existing system just by replacing your halogen bulbs with LED bulbs.
Making the Switch to LED Lighting
Changing out your halogen bulbs to LEDs has many benefits. Primary among these is that LEDs will last for the lifetime of your landscape. You will never have to change the bulb.
You will also save tremendous amounts of energy. If you have a 30 watt halogen bulb, you can replace it with a 5 watt LED bulb. That’s an 80% savings in your electric usage. Your initial investment in changing to LED bulbs gets paid back in a few years, and you continue to save for the life of your home.
If you are thinking of installing a new system in your home, there are other advantages as well. The first is that LED bulbs have a wide range of acceptable voltage. Halogen bulbs must be powered at voltages between 10 and 12 volts –– anything outside that range seriously diminishes lamp life. VOLT® LEDs, on the other hand, can accept 8 to 15 volts. Why is that important? It’s all about voltage drop.
With LEDs, you can use the daisy chain wiring method which is the simplest method and uses the least amount of wire. The daisy chain cannot be used with halogen because the higher wattages lead to more voltage drop.