Decorative Landscapes

Titusville, FL

Reasonable Rates
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Design, Install Services
Since 1975

Low Voltage Landscape Lights, Decorative Outdoor Lighting

LED uplighting, path lights, area flood.

38 watts LED low voltage landscape lighting. Our fixtures come with halogen, but led after market replacements are both low cost and look better..

LED uplighting, path lights, area flood.

38 watts LED low voltage landscape lighting. Our fixtures come with halogen, but led after market replacements are both low cost and look better..

Components for robust trouble free outdoor landscape lighting installation.

LED uplighting, path lights, area flood.

Choose the right kind and size transformer
Begin with a quality transformer. As both an installer and repair business we see many failed transformers. If you read reviews for those sold at the big box stores you may notice many premature failure stories. We have been installing the TechnoMagnet transformers for more than 15 years with zero failures. Proper placement is partly responsible.

TechnoMagnet Transformer

This is a commercial grade transformer and does not come with a cord ready to plug in, or a photo cell. The transformer is simple to hardwire or install a cord. When we install cords, we buy low cost extention cord in whatever length, usually 6 to 12 feet. Or, hardwire with #14 UF. The nice thing about having to wire it, is you now have ability to mount the transformer in a reasonable location out of weather as possible, as opposed to constraint of a shorter cord.

Proper transformer location
Choose a location which will be above and away from as much snow and rain as possible. The location will require access to AC line voltage as a power source. The TechnoMagnetic can be wired directly or with a plug in cord. Most common locations are in the garage, or under the roof eve. Garage mounting requires a 1/2 inch hole drilled to pass the Low Voltage Landscape Lighting Wire to the outside. An outdoor shed with power available can be handy. Lights location is a consideration for placement.

Photo Cells
Wiring a photo cell is simple, and has advantage of better placement. The photo cell does not need be mounted to the transformer. Mounting on the transformer is good, depending on transformer location. Such as under the roof overhang.
Transformers mounted inside a garage, shed etc. usually require an external mounted photo cell. We will drill a hole, run half inch conduit, outdoor box outside with photo cell mounted on it, conduit to the transformer. #14 wire. Not as big a job as it sounds or much added cost. Planning is everything. Usually the transformer is already right on the other side of the wall from the photo cell anyway.
Do not install photo cell such that is sees direct sunlight, or much if any artificial light. My experience has seen early photo cell failure when facing direct sun light. Photo cell mounted where too much artificial light occurs may turn off. When the photo cell controls the light source it sees, it is possible the lights will toggle on / off.
Wiring a photo cell may sound like extra work to avoid; I can tell you most existing systems which the transformer has failed, much of the time it is the photo cell. These can be repaired.
The 120 volt AC photo cell is wired on the line side of the transformer.
120-Volt Stem and Swivel Mount Photo Control

A 12 volt photo cell are available, and have their uses. They cost more, are less common control.
The 12 volt photo cell is wired anywhere along the output side of the transformer; in line with the landscape lighting wire. These can save the day when a suitable location is not available for the line voltage photo cell. Landscape lighting wire will typically be on or under ground, We have mounted some of these on deck posts etc. Again, best not to face direct sun light.
Lumatrol 12 Volt Photo Control, Swivel

Low Voltage Landscape Lighting Wire size
Adequate wire gauge is a very important aspect for a robust job and good light output. With the lower watt LED installs, we still use 10 and 12 gauge wire size.
Small installs about 1/3rd wattage of the transformer can tolerate smaller wire size like 14 gauge. I stock 10 and 12 gauge for our jobs. Line drop will be less when using larger size wire. Line drop is the power consumed in the wire. Note: 10 gauge wire is larger than 14 gauge. 10 gauge is more efficient.

10 gauge Low Voltage Landscape Lighting Wire
12 gauge Low Voltage Landscape Lighting Wire

Light Fixture and Lamp Output Selection
Lots of lighting fixtures are available for outdoor low voltage installs. Most of the low cost fixtures work very well.
Typical install includes a combination of up lights, flood lights, path and area lights. We use LEDs for all our install and repair. 5 to 7 watt LED replaces a 50 watt MR16 halogen, and even brighter. The newer LED retrofit lamps are available in warm, cool, daylight etc. They are available in all the regular beam angles. Even the newer 5 watt LEDs seem brighter than a 50 watt halogen.
We typically spend between $15 and $25 per fixture which comes with a halogen lamp bulb. LED replacements are available and we buy them and use in our installs and repairs. LED replacements are $5 to $10. Well worth tossing the halogens that come with the fixture.

LED vs Incandescent, Halogen?
Not all LED bulbs are equal. The reason I still buy the halogen fixtures; I'm buying a quality LED replacement that I know and have used, not one that comes with a fixture. LED replacements are available for the fixtures we are used to. This way we can put whatever watts LED bulb in a fixture depending on location requirement, controlling light affect. The idea here is fixtures that come with LED to begin with can be more costly and usually need bulb wattage swapped out anyway.
A typical 250 watt halogen install becomes 50 - 65 watts with LED.

How long do bulbs last? Quality and details of installation GREATLY extend average bulb life. This true of halogen, LED, incandescent, for all outdoor installs. Quality of wire connections if the big determining factor. We do not use the quick connectors that come with most fixtures. The quick connectors don't make a perfect connect, and alow moisture into the wire. Poor and decaying connection GREATLY decrease bulb life for any kind of bulb.

Remove quick connector

Cutting off the quick connector, strip twist, and tape. Best to strip at least 1 1/2 inch. We twist the wires as much as possible. Tape real well. The connection doesn't fail, you can see improved bulb life. Poor connections do cause early bulb failure. Bottom line is the more water gets in the wire, system will fail faster.

Wire Stripper
New style wire stripper makes quick work of this.
Self-Adjusting Wire Stripper

Strippe wire ready for twis togeather connection

twisted wire connection

taped wire connection
Your low voltage landscape wire lays in the ground, the above connection sequence is not perfectly moisture proof; it is far better than the quick connects; also many times better connection.

Low Voltage Lighting using light-emitting diodes (LEDs) LED uplighting, path lights, area flood.

38 watts LED low voltage landscape lighting. Our fixtures come with halogen, but led after market replacements are both low cost and look better..

Low voltage landscape lighting provides both attractive and useful lighting, along with security features when combined with motion detectors.

We install low voltage landscape lights that are dimmable, respond to motion, wireless remote, indoor and outdoor switches, in combination with photo sensors and timers.
Our lighting installs can be integrated with x10 and insteon home automation devices. We specialize in smart yard installs and even manufacture our own smart light controller.
Smart lights provide excellent security features along with energy saving installations.
Low Voltage Lighting

Typical installation of residential landscape lighting
1 multi tap 300 watt commercial grade transformer, photocell
200 feet 12 gauge wire
combination up lights, flood lights, path lights 5 to 10 lights with LED bulbs.
Typical cost $400.00 to $700.00 total price installed.

Low voltage lighting uses a transformer. A transformer plugs into 120 volt AC and provides 12 to 15 volt DC output for landscape lighting.

Path light - spun and cast aluminum, 18w.
Includes 21watt 93/1156 Single Contact Bayonet Base Incandescent Non-Halogen Lamp
Dark VERDE Green

Quality spotlight takes 20w to 50w MR-16 flood lamp.
Includes 20w halogen MR-16 bulb

Brass flush mount 18 watt MR-16 flood lamp.
Includes 18w halogen MR-16 bulb

Saw cut retaining wall block for flush mount lights is easier done between two blocks at the seam.
We provide service to cut concrete retaining wall block for flush mount light installs.
Prices vary slightly with block type and quantity.

Recessed round light in free standing retaining wall.

Low Voltage Light Controls

Most transformers are dimmable and can be controlled using a variety of available timers, dimmers, photo cells including home automation controlled switches.

Our 300 watt transformers are dimmable and use the Insteon power line protocol. Our Insteon enabled transformers can be controlled and dimmed using wireless remote, computer control, motion and photo sensors.

Outdoor lighting installs using up lights and path lights. LED bulbs retrofit all existing fixtures.

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