If your home’s energy costs are high, chances are it is because you are still using those ancient incandescent light bulbs. This type of bulb is more than 130 years old, and uses its light source to convert most of the bulb’s energy to heat rather than light, which in return increases your electric bill. A few more downsides to incandescent bulbs is that they are not good for the environment, have a short lifespan, have increased safety hazards and are not durable.
But with the advances in lighting based and modern technology, Incandescent bulbs are in the process becoming phased out due the incomparable advantages that LEDs and other lighting options offer.
LEDs have been around for 50 years. This type of lighting has been used on devices, traffic lights, large video screens, signs and street lighting. And throughout the years, LEDs have become a popular choice for lighting in people’s homes because of all the great benefits they provide. (more…)
•Exterior Lighting for Single-Family in Environmentally Senstive Lands (ESL) Areas
•Printable Lighting Guidelines (pdf/48kb/2pp)
•Ambient Lighting Zones (pdf/319kb/1p)
•Streetlight Policy Plan (pdf/208kb/1p)
•Outdoor Lighting Code (pdf/115kb/2pp)
Please note: The 2006 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) was adopted by reference via the International Building Code (IBC) adoption. (more…)
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Typical of most every mechanical appliance, the components of the landscape lighting system will require periodic maintenance in order to keep the system operating at peak performance. The wise Lighting Installer will incorporate a Lighting Maintenance Program into his or her offering. Maintenance will typically include lamp replacement, fixture, transformer and cable inspection, cleaning and repair. (more…)
1. DON’T OWN A VOLTMETER:
Don’t own a volt meter – Trying to install anything electrical without a digital volt meter is like trying to install an irrigation system without a shovel or to eat soup with a fork – it can be done but having the right tools makes it a lot easier.
2. DIDN’T OFFER THE CLIENT A RANGE OF OPTIONS:
With proper planning and cabling, lighting can truly be done in phases. Also, don’t determine what the client should spend on lighting; present the options and let him decide the value of light.
3. A LACK OF SWITCHING FLEXIBILITY:
A lighting layout must reflect the different uses a well-designed landscape will provide: i.e., entertaining, at home alone, or away from home. There are some areas (BBQ) you should light only when they’re in use.
A common mistake made by many is to replace existing lamps with lamps of higher wattage than those originally installed. As an example, Mr. Smith has a low volt system with a 600 watt transformer and 25 fixtures illuminating his landscape. All of the original fixtures had 20-watt lamps in them for a total load on the transformer of 500 watts.
When he went to replace the lamps, he added ten 50-watt lamps, and fifteen 20-watt lamps. What he has done is increase the wattage demand from 500 watts to 800 watts thus overloading the Transformer. Overloading the transformer will cause the Transformer’s Circuit Breakers to Trip thus shutting the system down! (more…)
This will help the life of your system!
Typical of most every mechanical appliance, the components of the landscape lighting system will require periodic maintenance in order to keep the system operating at peak performance. The wise Lighting Installer will incorporate a Lighting Maintenance Program into his or her offering. Maintenance will typically include lamp replacement, fixture, transformer and cable inspection, cleaning and repair.
Lamp maintenance should be performed regularly as voltage to lamps will increase as lamps burn out, thus accelerating the burnout of the remaining lamps. The type of lamps installed and their average lamp life, the operating voltage at the lamps and the length of time each lamp operated each day will determine the lamp maintenance schedule.
Lamp life is rated in hours of operation. If lamps are rated for 4000 hours at 12 volts it means that at 4000 hours, 50% of the lamps are still working and 50% are not.
For maximum light output, tune lighting circuits to provide between 11.5 and 12.0 volts as measured at lamp terminals when all of the lamps on the circuit are operating.
For longer lamp life, adjust voltage down so lamps receive between 10.5 and 11.5 volts at the lamp terminals.
Adjusting circuit load/run by using MultiTap Transformers can regulate voltage.