Landscape Lighting low voltage outdoor lighting design and installation service since 1974
WELCOME TO LANDSCAPE LIGHTING PROVIDER MGM LIGHTING
One of our areas of expertise would have to be pools, decks, patios and outdoor kitchens using the combination of actual live flame & 12 volt light. It sets the mood for a tropical, romantic, enjoyable atmosphere, just look at some of my photos. Not only do we offer lighting enhancements for resident use but also offer it for commercial applications such as churches, banks, bed & breakfasts, putting greens, basketball courts, subdivision entrances, retirement homes, OSU extension office, Linneaus Teaching Garden, office buildings, Clarehouse, doctors offices and restaurants just to name a few. Check us out!!
The purpose of our website is to aid you the homeowner in making an informed decision about the acquisition of residential outdoor lighting. The emphasis is on low voltage (12v) systems rather than line voltage (120v) systems. Low voltage systems are more appropriate in residential settings; line voltage systems are better suited to large-scale commercial and institutional applications. The pros and cons of 12v and 120v are summarized as follows:
flexibility when installing or relocating; cable is only hidden
designed for wet locations and operate safely when exposed to moisture
lamps (light bulbs) are small and allow fixtures to be smaller and less obtrusive in the landscape
lamps available in low watt type and many beam spreads; more precise lighting effects can be achieved with lower energy costs
can be plugged into existing outdoor receptacles; no need for an electrical contractor in most cases
transformer to convert current from 120v to 12v required; voltage drop (dim lights) can occur if improperly engineered and inadequately sized cable used
wire must be buried 18 inches and/or placed in a protective conduit; difficult to move
all fixtures and connectors must be absolutely waterproof; shock hazard potential when wet
lamps much larger and require larger fixtures to house them
higher watt lamps and one or two beam spreads produce inappropriately high light levels; lack of beam control creates glare problems; more expensive to operate
must always be installed by a licensed electrical contractor; local permits may be required
There are technical constraints in the design and installation of low voltage systems that present problems to the inexperienced; it is therefore important that the homeowner be aware of these characteristics of 12v lighting. If these technical considerations are not properly addressed by the do-it-yourself homeowner or ignored by a lighting design and installation company the resulting 12v system will not perform to an acceptable standard.
There is at present no uniform standard governing the performance of low voltage outdoor lighting systems. The standards suggested throughout this web site are based on 30 years of experience with low voltage lighting. This experience includes the completion of over 1000 outdoor lighting projects since 1985 preceded by 15 years of design and specification of indoor low voltage systems. In addition, much of the currently available equipment has been bench- and field-tested under the guidance of an electrical engineer. Service and repair of systems installed by others as well as long-term maintenance of systems installed to these standards has resulted in a broad database of low voltage lighting system performance and longevity. The data has been accumulated during actual experience in the field, quantification by test equipment and careful record keeping.
This web site provides the basic information necessary to determine whether or not a lighting design/install company has the required experience and skills to achieve an aesthetically pleasing and technically correct result at an affordable price.
Many home owners know the importance of exterior lighting. Applied the correct way, outdoor lighting can turn your yard into a high-end resort. It increases your pleasure of your house. In addition, it improves security. With exterior landscape lighting you have the power to turn a dark backyard into an entertainment zone.
Visit our display's at Metro Outdoor Living 6235 S Mingo Rd
MGM LIGHTING INC.
OWNER/OPERATOR JOHN MEADORS
918.298.5483 - 1.800.216.1736EXT. 4291
“Landscaping without lights is like a Woman without Jewelry!” – A famous quote from a local friend!
increase lamp life by over 80% while reducing energy consumption by the same 80%! WOW!
Low voltage outdoor lighting for residential applications is the sole topic addressed on this web site. The text is based on direct experience with low voltage lighting over a period of 32 years and over 2,000 outdoor projects.