Landscape Lighting low voltage outdoor lighting design and installation service since 1974
LED LOW VOLTAGE PRODUCTS
What is a LED? An LED is a semiconductor chip that generates light when current is applied to it, which is very different from any other technology currently used in lighting. There are also different types of LED emitters that have different characteristics that affect their applicability in lighting.
The long life of properly designed LED products makes them ideal for a situation where light failure can cost a lot of time, effort, and money. Examples of such are high-mounted recess and track lighting, where changing the bulb could be both dangerous and time consuming (such as in a hotel lobby, or in the atrium of a building). Given our 40,000 hour useful lifespan of our products, years of trouble free lighting can be achieved, easily saving money in labor and replacement costs for the equivalent of three to four CFL changes, or ten to fifteen halogen lamp changes. Please note that we define useful life as when the LEDs depreciate to 70% of their initial output, in lumens. The lamp with continue to operate far beyond that, but with additional lumen depreciation.
Our most powerful lamp to date is a PAR30 shape that uses a mere 14 watts of power to produce up to 710 lumens of light in a compact PAR30 shape. Compare that to a 560-watt PAR30 or a 75W BR30 producing less light, the LED will outlast 10 of these bulbs, and you can see the savings.
LED lamps are not filament based, they are electronic products. The LED chips within Pro LED lamps that actually produce the light operate in a very narrow range of voltage and current, because they are essentially a type of microchip. Within the Pro LED product case is a driver designed to convert 12 VDC power down to the voltage and current that is accepted by the chips. All of the Pro LED Low Voltage products are designed to operate on a Direct Current (DC) system designed for 12 VDC, but are capable of operating within a range of 8 VDC to 25 VDC input voltage.
You may want to consider an LED retro-fit to your system – Know why? With LED lamps, not only do you achieve equal light output and coverage, but you also increase the lamp life by over 80% while reducing energy consumption by the same 80%! WOW!
This example details the cost of lighting the front of a typical suburban home on a half acre lot.
Scope of the work: provide and install low voltage lighting equipment listed below using an existing outdoor 120v duplex receptacle next to the front porch as discussed and approved during the initial site visit.
1 Stainless steel 600w (2x300w) transformer
WITH SOLAR DIGITAL POWER SWITCH MODULE
with integrated light control module
6 Spotlight fixtures @ 125.00 each
2 In-ground fixtures @ 150.00 each
2 Floodlight fixtures @ 150.00 each
2 Copper path lights @ 100.00 each
150' 10/2 gauge low voltage cable @ 1.00/ft (estimate: actual footage to appear on final invoice)
Design & Installation
Applicable state sales tax not included in the above total.
Estimated energy cost based on all 20w lamps operating an annual average of 5 hours per night at a power company rate of 10 cents per kilowatt hour: 12 x 20w x 5 hours x 0.10 kWhr = $0.12/night
The standard 2-year unconditional warranty on all materials (including halogen lamps) and workmanship applies to this installation.
MGM OFFERS WARRANTY BUMPER TO BUMPER
MGM INC. offers a 2 year bumper to bumper workmanship warranty which includes free replacement of all lamps.
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.