Which transformer is needed to power your landscape lights?

Your home is your sanctuary and if this pandemic has taught you anything, it’s that investing in little comforts makes it far easier to do your part and spend more time in these safe spaces. Needless to say, to protect your sanity, it’s important to focus on your health and well-being as well, and what better way is there to do so other than spending more time making better use of your outdoor spaces including all garden, patio, and balcony areas? After all, the great outdoors can be equally enjoyed every season, and the best way to do so is by installing vibrant landscape lighting. Keeping in mind that the more fixtures you accumulate, the more energy is required, once you determine the layout of your aspired lighting design, the next step is to invest in a low voltage transformer

What are the benefits of landscape lighting?

Aside from their warm and beautiful charm, outdoor landscape lights possess a variety of major benefits to your outdoor spaces, including:

  • Illuminating features of your home
  • Highlighting your landscape and decor 
  • Enhancing property value and curb appeal 
  • Promoting safety and security 
  • Deterring crime and unwanted visitors 

Whether you’re coming out of winter with some innovative ideas or looking to start a new spring landscaping project, you should also consider purchasing a low voltage transformer. Here’s why. 

What is a transformer and how do you pick one? 

Did you know that the average household runs on 120 volts of power? That being said, a low voltage transformer can convert the 120v electrical current supplied from your house down to the 12v that’s needed for each low voltage landscape lighting fixture in your surrounding outdoor areas. So, aside from purchasing low voltage lights to keep your usage down, you can also use a low voltage transformer to lower your costs and keep away from electrical hazards. 

Aside from reading reviews to know if the unit that you purchase is durable, you must also do some simple math to ensure that you’re selecting a transformer that will meet the needs of the fixtures you have/want. Since each fixture requires a certain number of watts, and each transformer supports a certain number of watts, you must calculate the total wattage your fixtures consume before determining which low voltage transformer can sustain it. Matching the size of your transformer to your lighting design is extremely important for the efficiency of your outdoor system, so be sure you take the time to do so before a purchase is made. Also, keep in mind that once you purchase outdoor lighting and see the value it holds, you may want to consider adding more in the future. That’s why it’s important to select a low voltage transformer with slightly more wattage than you need, allowing you to add some more LED garden lighting to your outdoor space without the need to upgrade!

Do you have any further questions about low voltage transformers? Please drop them in the comments section below.