Using Low Voltage Lighting Indoors

Low voltage lighting has become very popular for outdoor lighting and lately it has been coming indoors. Using low voltage lighting indoors will save money, obviously, because less voltage is being used.

But your electricity is delivered as line voltage, 120 Volts; how is low voltage achieved? The answer is that a step down transformer is used – this will take your 120 volts and drop it down to 12 volts.

Common Indoor Applications for Low Voltage Lighting

Recessed Lighting Safety

 Recessed lighting in a ceilingRecessed lighting first became really popular and mainstream in the 1980's with the advent of vaulted ceilings and all that came with them. These lights were great; they presented a smooth, sleek ceiling surface and they in many cases, could be directed without the use of a rail system.

Today they are still popular given the abundance of “atrium” living rooms in the current architecture, but the topic of recessed lighting safety is still just as relevant as it ever was.

The History of Recessed Lighting

Installing Undercounter Halogen Lighting

If you’ve been relying on natural light and one overhead fixture to supply illumination in your kitchen area, you may have noticed a trend – namely, you only have decent lighting at certain times of the day, not to mention certain kinds of weather! When it comes to countertops, you need good lighting to work, make meals, clean up… and installing undercounter halogen lighting is the best solution to resolve this issue.

Spacing Recessed Lights

Spacing Recessed LightsWhen it comes to spacing recessed lights, it can be a challenge determining exactly how you want the room to look. First things first, you’ll have to decide what jobs the lights are needed for in the room, and where shadows are unacceptable. Also, before actually installing the lights, determine whether you need a permit before you can continue with the electrical work. Finally, remember that insulation must be at least 3” away from any recessed lights, in order to avoid fire from overheating.

Spacing Techniques

Soffit Lighting for Interior Effects

Soffit lighting is a great way to utilize the natural features of a room. Soffit material that has been build around ventilation ducts and piping is unavoidable. Since you can’t make it go away, you might as well use it to your advantage. It makes a great natural staging point for dramatic effect lighting of several different types.

Track Lighting

The most popular option for soffit lighting is track lighting. Track lighting is popular because the lighting configuration can be focused and changed to meet the decorating needs of your space. The ability to turn the individual lights around 360 degrees, as well as slide them up and down the track makes the possibilities with track lighting virtually limitless.