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  • Article | How to Select Spotlights for a Landscape Lighting Project

    Spotlights originated in the theater world. They were lights used to showcase the main actors. To be put in the spotlight is to highlight someone so the world can see. In a similar way, landscape lighting spotlights are used for emphasis – to call attention to specific architectural or landscape features. Unlike floodlights that shed light across a wide area, spotlights have narrower beams so they can focus on one thing at a time.

  • How to Choose Floodlights for Your Landscape Lighting Project

    Just as a flood describes water overflowing its boundaries, a flood light is defined as a luminaire that spreads light beyond the boundaries of other (more focused) lights. A flood of water is usually a problem, but a flood of light can be either good or bad.

  • Article | How to Select Path & Area Lights for a Landscape Lighting Project

    Learn how to select the ideal path or area landscape light from VOLT's wide selection of sizes and styles in brass, copper and aluminum.

  • Guide to Downlighting: Nature Inspired Lighting from Above

    If we were given a choice, we would all light our nighttime landscape with moonlight. But since we can't control the moon, and it's not always shedding its light on us, we find another way. Downlighting is that way.

  • Article | Watts or Lumens? How to Choose the Right LED Bulb Replacement

    The old days of selecting light bulbs by watts are over. We are now faced with lumens instead of watts. Let's learn how to select the right LED bulbs by using lumens. It's not so hard.

  • Article | Basic Landscape Lighting Installation Instructions

    In this article, we describe the basic steps to install landscape lighting. From fixture assembly through fine tuning, follow these steps to complete your landscape lighting project.

  • How to Install Landscape Lighting Like a Pro

    While basic landscape lighting installation is fairly straightforward, many common shortcuts can reduce system longevity and cause ongoing maintenance issues. For professionals, landscape lighting installation shortcuts not only impact the customer and your reputation but also reflect negatively on the landscape lighting industry as a whole. To address this, VOLT provides a number of resources found in our Learning Center that support the professional in the use of best practices.

  • Article | 6 Tips for a Better Landscape Lighting Plan

    The first step in a landscape lighting project is planning a layout. A do-it-yourselfer with basic electrical skills can do so by following these six tips.

  • Article | Landscape Lighting Design Overview

    Plants and trees often take center stage when it comes to landscaping, but smart exterior lighting plays an equally important role. In addition to the obvious aesthetic benefits, landscape lighting can also increase the functionality of your outdoor spaces while improving the safety and security around your home.

  • How to Install Low Voltage Lighting: 5 Mistakes to Avoid

    Five common mistakes made while installing outdoor lighting. They can be easily avoided, and should not be taken lightly - any one of these mistakes can cause future problems.

  • Common Landscape Lighting Fixtures

    There are many different low voltage landscape lighting fixtures available to create a dramatic effect and highlight your house's architecture and features.

  • The Landscape Lighting Professional's Guide to Photography

    Despite advances in digital cameras, taking night shots is still a challenge. The following guide gives you simple tips and tricks to create outstanding landscape lighting photos.

  • LED Energy Savings Calculators

    These LED energy savings calculators help you to make smart decisions. The first calculator simply estimates the cost of any lighting system (regardless of lamp type). The second calculator allows you to compare the costs of an older system with a newer LED system. The third calculator gives you an estimate on the payback time when you invest in an LED system.

  • Everything to Know About Landscape Lighting Bulbs

    In this article, we cover the types of landscape lighting bulbs, also known as lamps. Topics include: LED vs. Halogen, Brightness, Wattage to Lumen Equivalents, Beam Angle, Color Temperature, and LED Lamp Life (L70). VOLT® manufactures a variety of lamp types designed to fit specific VOLT® fixtures.

  • How to Choose Quality Landscape Lighting Fixtures

    Brass, Copper, or Aluminum? When dealing with low voltage lighting, fixture quality is very important. Remember that when you are installing outdoor lighting, the fixtures are exposed to the elements, and are close to the ground where moisture can threaten their lifespan. Lighting fixtures are prone to corrosion which will hurt the electrical connections in the long run.

  • Why Choose LED Bulbs?

    As the quality of LED bulbs has improved and the cost has dropped, LED lighting makes more sense than ever. Here are ten reasons to switch to LED bulbs.

  • Article | Low Voltage Landscape Lighting vs Line Voltage

    In this article, we cover the two main types of landscape lighting: 12v and 120v. Low voltage (12V) landscape lighting is the most common option for residential outdoor lighting. 12V landscape lighting is easier to install, less expensive, safer, and you do not need to be a licensed electrician. Line voltage outdoor lighting is most often used in commercial, security, and public-use applications. Line voltage outdoor lighting is labor-intensive and requires an electrician for installation.

  • Why Choose LED Lighting?

    LED lighting is one of the fastest growing industries worldwide. It replaces all other types of lights (such as incandescent, halogen, fluorescent, and others) as the number one preferred light source. Let's look at why this happened.

  • UL Listings: What They Are & Why They Matter

    You may have seen a UL mark on an appliance or a table lamp or anything else that runs on electricity. You will certainly see it on VOLT® products. But this mark is notably absent from many landscape lights on the market. Why? The answer to that question requires some explaining. Let’s walk through some basic questions and answers so we are all on the same page with UL Listings.

  • LED Lighting & Color Temperature

    Color temperature is a measurement that indicates the extent of yellowish or bluish tint to a white light. High color temperatures are bluish while low color temperatures are yellowish. Of interest is that human vision compensates for these tints, and perceives both high and low color temperature lights as being white.

  • Understanding Thermal Management in LED Lighting

    LEDs are known as solid state technology. This means no glass bulbs, gases, mercury, or filament. LED light is produced very efficiently. As a current is passed through the diode, a small amount of heat is released backwards. Most well-designed LED lighting systems require the use of a heat sink to reduce thermal stress.

  • How to Prevent Light Trespass

    Preventing light trespass or glare typically depends on the location of the fixture, the angle the light is projected and the fixtures ability to shield from glare. Choosing the right fixture, installing it properly and having the right lighting design are all critical.

  • How to Wire an Outdoor Lighting Transformer

    In this article, we provide a "Quick Start" set of instructions to connect your transformer to your outdoor landscape lighting system. Topics include requirements, connecting lighting runs to the transformer, and transformer troubleshooting.

  • How to Create a Landscape Lighting Installation Plan

    Laying out an installation plan for a low voltage landscape lighting system is fairly straightforward but does require knowing a few things. This article covers the main steps and gives tips to ensure a successful installation.

  • Landscape Lighting Hub Instructions for Low Voltage Installations

    Obviously, every low voltage landscape light needs to be connected to a power source. There are several ways to do so, the best of which is the hub method.

  • How to Choose Landscape Lighting Wire Connectors

    In this article, we cover wire connectors - one of the most important accessories you will need to complete your landscape lighting project.

  • Article | How to Use Dichroic Color Filters for Landscape Lighting

    Dichroic filters are circles of glass with a set of coatings that reflect certain colors (of light) and allow other colors to pass through. They will not fade with time.

  • LED vs. Halogen: Choosing the Right Landscape Lighting Fixture

    In the past making this choice took little effort. For a professional look, tungsten-halogen landscape lighting had no equal. LED, still lacking maturity, was of poor quality and provided inconsistent lighting effects at best. At worst the LED landscape lighting fixtures would break or fail shortly after purchase.

  • Article | Your Landscape Lighting Layout

    In this article we describe how to plan your landscape lighting project. From creating a drawing of the property through purchasing your supplies; we walk you through the planning process.

  • How to Use Landscape Lighting Techniques

    Correct lighting techniques will highlight your important features and create the perfect amount of drama in a yard. Find out which techniques work best for your home's architectural features, garden accents, outdoor living spaces or backyard oasis.

  • Avoid Landscape Lighting Mistakes With These Design Tips

    Landscape lighting design can be a simple do-it-yourself project for most homeowners - but to the trained eye, there are some pitfalls to avoid. This article points out some common mistakes - and how to correct them.

  • Choosing Your Landscape Lighting Design Style

    It's important that the outdoor lighting design that you choose for your outdoor area has the right feel. Every yard is going to be different. There are no template designs that can simply be picked up and applied to your specific setting. If your home and property have a central theme (such as classic, understated, grand, etc.), you will want to bring that out. But there's more to the design than the central theme; there is a panoply of themes, and any number of personal or professional styles to address those themes.

  • How to Light a Flagpole and Create a Patriotic Landscape

    Are you among the many who enjoy displaying the American flag and celebrating patriotic holidays? Or are you a professional designer with patriotic clients? If so, don't neglect to light up the flag – always a bold and powerful statement in a nighttime landscape.

  • Article | Five Projects to Give Your Landscape Lights Some Autumn Love

    There are many great things about landscape lighting. At the top of that list is how the lights capture changes in the landscape as the seasons unfold. But let's not be idle spectators in this process. Let's see if we can do things to make our lighting even more spectacular. Here are five projects for your Autumn fun. (Note: If you don't have landscape lights, it's never too late ...)

  • The Family Holiday Space: A Backyard Landscape Lighting Project

    You may love all the glitzy decorations that arise around every holiday, but to truly capture the holiday spirit and share it with your family, consider making a very personal and sacred family holiday space.

  • Using Decorative Bollards to Create Beauty with Light & Shadow

    VOLT®  decorative bollards are illuminated towers that project compelling patterns of light and shadow upon surrounding surfaces. They add a beautiful flair to an illuminated landscape.

  • How to Install VOLT® Undercover Hardscape Lights

    The VOLT® Undercover Hardscape light is a rugged, solid brass landscape lighting fixture that provides a durable and high-performance solution to illuminating an area where a typical path or area landscape light would not be possible. Here's how to install this specialty fixture.

  • Tiki Inspired Lighting (and a Cocktail) for Backyard Island Ambiance

    With a Mai Voltage Cocktail in hand & our 2-in-1 Tiki-Brass Torch Lights setting the mood, you can enjoy the laid-back tiki lifestyle in your backyard oasis.

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