Why you should choose low voltage 12v lights for your garden

We love our gardens. They’re like an extension of our home, particularly in those long summer evenings. It’s the perfect place to relax while the children play, sit back with your laptop, or even get some friends over for some al fresco dining. You can have the most beautiful flower arrangements, features and furniture, but when it comes to really making your garden feel like home, it’s the lighting that matters.

The great news is that lighting is now more affordable than ever before. The ability to create subtle ambient and atmospheric lighting that would once have cost several thousands of pounds is now well within everyone’s reach. The bad news is that there’s often so many different types of lighting to consider that it can be a little overwhelming and people often make less than ideal choices. That’s where the experts come in.

Why 230v mains lighting is no longer the standard

The majority of today’s gardens are fitted with a mains 230v system. Once upon a time this may have been the best way to achieve the desired lighting effect, but times have changed. Nowadays, low voltage lighting (12-50v) is perfectly capable of creating stunning lighting effects with energy efficient LED chips. Not only is modern low voltage LED lighting comparable with old school mains lighting, it’s also incredibly cheaper and far more versatile.

As if that wasn’t enough, there are also numerous safety and maintenance issues associated with 230v mains lighting that have been the bane of many a homeowner. Beacuse it’s mains connected, 230v lighting must comply with modern day electrical fitting and installation standards, as well as building regulations, all of which can add layers of cost. Installation of mains lighting will also mean lots of stiff cabling and junction boxes which are vulnerable to weather damage and will fail if an animal chews through the cabling.

The power of low voltage 12v lighting

As garden lighting experts, we absolutely love the flexibility and creativity that comes with using low voltage lighting. As we’ve already outlined, it’s as good (if not better) than mains lighting thanks to revolutionary new LED chips, but it also requires far less cabling and a lot more flexibility when it comes to placement in the garden. Gone are the days of cable spaghetti and ugly junction boxes; now we’re able to map out a garden’s lightscape according to where we want the light rather than where messy circuit systems allow us to. In other words, 12v lighting removes all restriction. From a design perspective, we still advise an amount of mains cabling to feed certain ‘supply’ points in particularly big gardens, but these can be strategically placed and easily managed.

If you’re still not convinced, remember that low voltage lighting is also a lot safer and more reliable than mains voltage lighting. If you put a spade through a cable you won’t get shocked, and if a cable is damaged you should not lose your whole circuit of lighting. Any damage to a low voltage cable is very quick to repair, whereas joining a mains voltage cable can be a much longer job. Cabling is also much lighter, easier to hide and feed around fences and borders.

For more information on garden lighting or a free consultation, contact us today. We’re happy to answer any questions and can even draw up a design quote for you with no charge or obligation. Call 01442 531 176 or email info@kingsonelectrical.co.uk.

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