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How dangerous is it if I were to cut a wire or my pet chewed through one?
NEC codes rate low voltage as anything below 30 volts. Voltage under this number is considered to be neither lethal or a significant danger. That being stated, it’s always smart to exercise care around anything that utilizes a 120volt source, which the system does. A dog or cat chewing through a wire would probably barely feel a shock, if at all. Although 12 volt is relatively safe with regard to harm to humans or animals, it still creates heat, can spark, and can cause fires.
Can outdoor lighting be installed in phases?
Outdoor lighting can be installed in phases; however, it’s important to let us know about your future intentions in the beginning. Phasing is much easier and cost effective when it’s planned at the start.
What are the “green” options available in low voltage lighting?
When it comes to energy efficiency, it’s always best to start with a properly installed ‘tight’ system. This means a system with as few connection points and wire as possible, allowing less resistance in the flow of electricity. With regard to product innovation, LED fixtures are continuing to be improved upon and are being utilized more frequently. An LED fixture uses about 1/3rd the wattage of a comparable incandescent fixture.
How much will it cost to operate my low voltage lighting system?
Your utility company charges by the kilowatt/hr used. Let’s base this example on 12 cents per kilowatt hour with a lighting system that has 800 watts of lights, and operates 5 hours per night.
1 kilowatt = .001 watt
800 (watts) x 5 (hrs) = 4000 watt/hrs
4000 watt/hrs = 4 kilowatt/hrs
4 x $0.12 = $0. 48 per night $0.48 x 30 = $14.40 per month
Do you have to be a licensed electrician to install low voltage lights?
In most states, (including Ohio), no, however there are national electrical codes applicable for low voltage installation which should be adhered to.
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