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  • What Does Voltage Loss Or Voltage Drop Mean To You?

    LED lighting is the rage now that it is available in landscape lighting.  Understandably so, with the energy efficiency that it offers, this lowers your cost to run your lighting system not just by way of energy savings, but also by way of running it on smaller, less expensive transformers and wire. And you can do so without having to compromise on design and drama in your landscape lighting. In regards to planning your landscape lighting-whether you are doing it yourself or hiring someone to do it for you, one of the things that needs to go in to your planning and design phase is voltage loss or voltage drop.

    So, what is voltage drop? Voltage drop is when voltage at the beginning of a length of cable (at the transformer end) is higher than the voltage at the end-it is the difference between those two values that is known as voltage drop or voltage loss.

    Why should you care about this? Because when there is significant voltage drop, the light fixtures at the end of the cable run are actually dimmer-visibly dimmer than the fixtures closer to the transformer which will appear to be significantly brighter.

    You can avoid or minimize the voltage drop through proper selection of the cable size based on total wattage load of your fixtures and the length or the cable run. Total LED Malibu Lighting can help you plan accordingly so that you can have stunning results with your landscape LED lighting fixtures.

    One thing to keep in mind is the measure of power consumption, which is "wattage". Wattage is NOT a measure of brightness. For example, a 15 watt LED fixture can often outperform a 50 watt standard incandescent light by way of brightness.

    Total LED Malibu Lighting has created an informative video that walks you through what needs to be taken into consideration in order to minimize voltage drop in your landscape lighting system:

     

    Total Lighting Supply Voltage Drop Chart Voltage Drop Chart
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    Total LED Lighting has also created  a voltage drop chart to help you in your design phase. These formulas will help you formulate what the actual voltage drop will be. There are many variables that affect voltage drop (as discussed in the video), so this chart is intended to at least get you closer to what that drop will be. To be totally accurate, a voltage meter in the field is always the best way to go.

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    Tags: Voltage Drop, led landscape lighting, voltage loss, outdoor lighting

  • Outdoor LED Lighting, Transformer Load & Voltage Drop step by step guide Video!

    Planning on installing low voltage outdoor landscape LED lighting or low voltage halogen landscape lighting and not really sure what to do? Struggling to find out how many lights your outdoor landscape LED transformer can power? Not sure what voltage drop is or voltage loss? Then this thorough video is a must watch for you! This video guide will give you an idea on what is involved when installing low voltage outdoor LED lighting.

    Products used in this video.

    Malibu 8406-2601-01 low voltage oil rubbed bronze LED flood light 35 watt equivalent

    Malibu 8406-2601-01 low voltage oil rubbed bronze LED flood light 35 watt equivalent

    Malibu LED 35 watt equivalent low voltage diecast aluminum flood light in oil rubbed bronze includes plastic stake, fast lock connector, and three Cree XPG LED's at 850 lumens. Replaces Malibu 8401-9513-01.

    Malibu 8401-2650-01 low voltage LED black flood light 50 watt equivalent

    Malibu 8401-2650-01 low voltage LED black flood light 50 watt equivalent

    Malibu LED low voltage 50 watt equivalent dicast aluminum flood light in black includes metal stake, fast lock connector and four Cree XPE-HEW LED's.

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    Tags: Landscape lighting, led, Low Voltage, Malibu, transformer, video, Voltage Drop

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