3 Great Reasons You Should Have Low Voltage Lighting

by Ben Bowen
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Portland is perfect for landscape lighting. We have long stretches of the year where dark comes early. And we have beautiful yards full of plants and features with great structures. Low voltage landscape lighting allows you to enjoy your landscape during the darkest (rainiest) days of the year.

More time to enjoy your yard. That should be reason enough to consider landscape lighting. But just in case it isn't, here are...

Three Reasons To Install Low Voltage Landscape Lights

  1. Low voltage lighting systems can be installed by a licensed landscape contractor (including us!) These systems are simple and safe, so no electrician is needed. In fact, many homeowners even install low voltage lights themselves.
  2. LED bulbs are now standard. This means landscape lighting is now extremely efficient, with most fixtures using 3-5 watts. And LED bulbs are very long-lasting, so you may never even have to change the bulbs. Use this calculator to find out how much an LED system will save you.
  3. Landscape lighting requires minimal digging. So we can install a system in your mature landscape and not do any damage! Repairs are rarely needed, but are simple to tackle when they are.

Ready to talk to a designer about landscape lighting? Contact us today for a free consultation. Still not sure? Then consider answers to some of the questions I get asked most about low voltage lighting:

Low Voltage Landscape Lighting FAQ

What kinds of fixtures are available?

There are dozens of manufacturers who have lights available here in Portland. And each one of them carries a wide range of fixture varieties and styles, ranging from traditional to contemporary to Asian-inspired to modern.

Is there a warranty?

The fixtures we prefer installing have a lifetime warranty. Our warranty is one year. So, during the first year repairs and replacements cost you nothing. After the first year only pay for labor. Our fixtures are so reliable that we have replaced maybe 5 out of every 1000 installed!

How much does low voltage lighting cost?

The average system we install has 10-20 fixtures and costs between $275 and $375 per fixture. The fixtures chosen and difficulty of the installation are the main factors that affect the price.

Does low voltage lighting have security or safety benefits?

Yes. A well lit path or steps is less of a trip hazard. Illuminated front yards are less inviting to prowlers, burglars, or other baddies.

How do I turn the lights on and off?

A transformer powers the lights. Integrated with this is a timer and/or photocell. We can set the lights to come on and go off at any times you want. Or we can just use the photocell and have them on at dusk and off at dawn. Or on by the photocell and then off at 1am. Or on by a switch in your house. I guess what I am saying is, you have options.

How do I get a landscape lighting system?

Contact Ross NW Watergardens today. We will meet at your home, discuss possibilities for your system, and then prepare a proposal. Want to see what LED landscape lighting could do for your landscape? Us too!