Why Low Voltage?
To give the landscape lighting designer ultimate flexibility, Philips Hadco offers a full line of low-voltage systems which are safe, affordable, and easy to install. These systems – which can be installed in a matter of a few hours – reduce the 120-volt normal electrical line to a harmless and more economical 12-volt system. There is no risk of injury from electric shock with 12 volts. And, because the cable for these systems does not need to be buried deep underground, the process doesn’t entail a lot of tedious work. Junction boxes and other bulky hardware are not required. With the use of new, miniaturized lamp technology, low voltage fixtures are smaller than ever and easier to hide in the landscape.
What is the best light for you?
Trees. Statues. Pools. Walkways. What features make up your landscape project? Which elements in an environment should be highlighted, and which should be downplayed? The answers to those questions will determine the lighting fixtures and techniques you’ll ultimately use.
Lighting that focuses attention on a particular object or area. It commands the viewer to take note of a certain subject within the landscape. Examples of accent lighting are spotlighting a statue, pathlighting a walkway or highlighting a flower bed with spread lights.
Background lighting. It ties the overall landscape picture together, creating a comfortable transition from one accented area to another. Some examples may be backlighting a tree, washing a wall or fence, or flooding a row of evergreens with soft light.
More natural because we are accustomed to the light of the sun and moon. In fact, most of the lighting that occurs naturally in life is from above. Office lighting, warehouse lighting, sports lighting, and home lighting are all examples of downlighting techniques. Downlighting is also very efficient in that you get to use all the light.
Draw more attention and is often more dramatic. Therefore, it is used for accent lighting purposes more often than downlighting. Backlighting is used to silhouette a plant, tree, or structure. Many times the shape of a plant is more interesting than the detail. By gently lighting a wall or fence behind the plant, you identify the shape.