If you're updating your home, you may want to add new lighting to give it a fresh look. Lighting can set the mood in your living room, kitchen, bedroom, and bath. The right lights can accent artwork, provide soft illumination at night, and make small rooms look larger. One type of lighting you may want to install is low-voltage lighting. Here are the differences between it and line lights, and when you might want to use each type of lighting.
Line lights are the lights you plug directly into wall sockets or have hardwired to wiring behind the wall or ceiling. They run on standard electricity flow that powers everything else in your house. Types of line lighting include lamps and ceiling lights. The advantage of this type of lighting is that you can buy a new lamp and plug it into the wall without worrying over having the right voltage.
Low-voltage lights work a little differently. Rather than plug right into a traditional socket and use standard line power, they require a transformer that steps down the voltage. An electrician chooses the right type of transformer you need and installs it to power the low-voltage lights. One reason low-voltage lights are popular is because of the type of light they produce that has more focus and is less diffused than line lighting. This makes low-voltage lights perfect for task lighting and illuminating pieces of art.
Low-voltage lights can be used in any room of your home. Good choices are in the kitchen where they can be used for under cabinet lighting, recessed lights, and task lights. They provide excellent illumination for cooking and reading recipes. An electrician can put low-voltage lights on a dimmer so you can use the lights for safety and décor at night. Low-voltage halogen lights are a good match for the bathroom where the white color of the light matches natural light so you can apply makeup more easily and see how you'll look when you leave the house.
Low-voltage lights are also perfect for the living room where you may want to use them to accent wall hangings or a shelf collection. The lights are also ideal over an easy chair where you spend time reading.
An electrician can help you decide where low-voltage lighting would work best in your home and give you the results you're hoping for. In some cases, line lights may still be the best as well as the less expensive way to upgrade your lights. An electrician will explain the pros and cons of each type of lighting so you can make the best choice.