Energy-efficient lighting options continue to emerge on the market and gain popularity in homes and businesses. Because of this, it’s essential to understand the difference between low-voltage and line-voltage lighting.
Discover what makes them different from one of the area’s leading electrical contractors below.
Line Voltage vs Low Voltage
Line voltage is the usual configuration for most home lighting systems. It commonly supplies 120v or 277v to lighting fixtures directly from a structure’s breaker system. Since it’s the same system and amount of power supplied to most electrical outlets and junction boxes, line-voltage fixtures are easier to install and don’t need special transformers or systems.
On the other hand, low-voltage lighting systems utilize a transformer to reduce the voltage being delivered to a light fixture from 120v or 227v to 12v or 24v. The transformer can be built into the light fixture or placed near the fixture, along the electrical circuit. Your electrician may find it more difficult to install these systems since they can’t be far from a transformer. However, they’re safer because of the lower amount of electricity that runs through the fixture.
Which One Is Better?
Both lighting systems come with their pros and cons. When choosing between them, you’ll need to consider ease of installation and long-term operation as well as the costs associated with both. Line-voltage light is usually more expensive to operate but has lower initial costs. Meanwhile, low-voltage lighting is more expensive to install but has lower operating costs.
Bailey & Shipp is one of the area’s best residential and commercial electrical contractors. Our team is committed to providing you excellent workmanship and exceptional customer service. Call us at (410) 571-0900 or fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment. We work with homeowners in Washington, DC, and Northern Virginia, VA.