When we inform customers that we exclusively use LED bulbs in our fixtures one of the first questions we are asked is, ” What color are these lights?”
What color are our LED lights
The vast majority of our clients want warm white light. Not the stark, blue, cool light that many associate with LED bulbs. Fortunately, the LED light industry has made advances to the point where bulbs (diodes) can be manufactured to emit a broad spectrum. So meeting the request for warm white lights is a daily activity for us.
Color Spectrum – Kelvin
The halogen lights that have been traditionally used in outdoor landscape lighting are roughly 3,000 kelvin. The LED bulbs we use range between 2,700 kelvin and 3,000 kelvin. To the naked eye there is no essentially no difference between the traditional halogen and our LED lights.
Custom Color Lights
On occasion, we’ll receive a request for a special light color. For example, we have bi-pe bulbs that are 2200 kelvin that actually match the color of a candle flame! They are popular in our deck/post fixtures where clients may have candles on nearby tables.
Also, some clients like to install red and green bulbs at Christmas; orange bulbs at Halloween; and red and blue bulbs for Independence Day.
If you would like custom color LED lights let us know and we’ll take care of it for you or point you to a source for them.
Homeowners rarely think about the potential landscape lighting dangers because things rarely go wrong. But when they do the results can be catastrophic. Here’s a story about a homeowner who narrowly avoided a disaster at his home.
It is fairly easy to install lights on the ground around your house but placing moonlighting 30′ up a tree is a different story. In this article we show the homeowner how to professionally install down lighting (moon lighting) using the correct components and techniques.
First of all we assume you have the skills and equipment you need to position yourself in a tree. Installing down lights in trees is risky. If you do not have the skills and equipment to ensure your safety you need to hire a professional installer.
Determine the location of the fixture
You’ll want to be at least 25′ in order to achieve the appropriate effect. Make sure the fixture will be located where glare will not spill over into the neighbor’s yard and cause light trespass. The ‘beam spread’ of your fixture/bulb as well as the height of the fixture will determine the area that will be lit. If you need help with height and spread use our handy beam spread/angle calculator.
To address the question right off the bat, the answer is voltage loss. There are a number of causes of voltage loss but no matter what the cause it has to be mitigated. If voltage loss is not compensated for you will experience shorter life on fixtures and poor performance overall. We’ll discuss the main causes of voltage loss and how to deal with the problem with a multi-tap transformer.
What is a Multi Tap Transformer?
Technically speaking a multi tap transformer is a step up (or down) transformer that has multiple taps on either the primary winding or the secondary winding. A multi tap transformer provides flexibility in your input and output voltage requirements.
In the landscape lighting world, a multi tap transformer provides multiple terminals with outputs ranging from 12 volts up to 15 or more volts. The installer has the choice of employing as many of the taps as necessary to ensure even voltage to all fixtures.
Avoid these outdoor lighting installation mistakes
There are many ways to mess up an outdoor lighting installation. Most pros warranty their work. They also know the installation pitfalls and realize the value of doing the job right the first time.
Every week we see mistakes made by do-it-yourselfers. These mistakes can drastically reduce the lifespan of a system but they are also easily avoidable.
We’ve put together a list of the biggest and most common mistakes we see in our outdoor lighting installation travels. Take care not to make these mistakes and you’ll be much closer to a long-lasting outdoor lighting system.