What is the difference between high voltage and low voltage lighting?
Low Voltage Lighting (12V) is the most common option for residential outdoor lighting. Low voltage landscape lighting is less expensive, safer, and you requires minimal disruption to your home and yard. Additionally there are far more choices of fixtures, bulbs, lumens (brightness), kelvin temperature (warmth) and design. For most residential applications, 12V landscape lighting is superior, preferred and more common than 120V outdoor lighting. In summary, low voltage lighting...
- Requires a licensed low-voltage electrician to install
- Operates safely in wet locations
- Safe and less disruptive to install
- Safe for use in yards where children, pets or gardeners are present
- Wires do not need to be in conduit
- More variety in lighting fixtures, lumens, and color temperature
- Easy relocation of fixtures, when rearranging landscaping or making home improvements
- More elegant designs and options available
- Less expensive
High Voltage Lighting (120V also called "Line" Voltage) is most often used in commercial, security, and public-use applications. This type of lighting requires a licensed electrician to install. High voltage lighting lines must be buried 18" underground, placed in conduit, and have sealed junction boxes at connection points. Line voltage outdoor lighting fixtures tend to be larger/bulkier and output a lot of light. In summary, high voltage lighting...
- Requires an electrician for installation (much higher hourly rates)
- Cable must be buried 18" deep or inside conduit - requires trenching
- High voltage fixtures are larger/bulkier
- There are fewer fixture options available
- More expensive to install
- Brighter fixtures - sometimes preferred for commercial, security and public use applications (Think of a Walmart parking lot).
Aren't LED Lights blue or white?
Perhaps you have purchased LED bulbs for your home and were disappointed to see that they were a white-light color. Or maybe you have seen cars with LED headlights that look almost blue. While LEDs can take on any color (think of new stop lights), the LED bulbs that we install are indistinguishable from their halogen equivalents. Don't believe me? I will show you in person. Kelvin Temperature is what gives an LED it's color. Most people prefer our 2,700 Kelvin "warm white" lights for outdoor lighting applications.
What are the benefits of LED bulbs vs. Halogens?
- Heat (AMPs) - LEDs are safer to run and reduce the risk of fire or damage to fixtures and/or surroundings. They also emit far less CO2 into the atmosphere.
- Lifespan - The average lifespan of a halogen bulb is 2 years, whereas LEDs have a lifespan of 8-12 years, based on typical usage in the Midwest.
- Energy Savings - Based on the average Midwest energy cost (11.48¢/kWh), a 20 fixture system would save around $150 each year by converting to LED.
How much should I plan to spend?
For new lighting installations, we have a $1,200 project minimum. This would include the design and installation of a transformer, approximately 6 fixtures, bulbs, timer, hubs, fuses, wire, and our one-year service warranty.
For audio systems, our packages start at $1,600, but our most common price point would be between $3,000-$4,000 range.
For outdoor theaters, our costs range between $1,900 and $2,000 for a complete set-up/take-down outdoor movie theater. Our outdoor Televisions begin at $3,500 and go up from there.
Our service rates are $87/hour, with a one hour minimum. Generally speaking, we are able to fix or repair basic lighting system issues within 1-2 man hours.
Do you offer any sort of guarantee?
We guarantee that all of our new landscape lighting or audio systems will function properly for one year from date of installation (though we trust they will work for much longer than that!). In addition to the manufacturer warranties (3 year, 10 years, 15 years or lifetime), Moonlight Illumination will come out to address any concerns at no charge for the first full calendar year following a new installation. This does not apply to products that customers have previously purchased and have requested us to install.