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Old 11-28-2008, 12:46 PM   #1
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Anyone seen any Outdoor Recessed Low Voltage High-Hats?


I like the concept of low voltage lighting and being energy aware... and I'd like to add some high-hat recessed low-voltage lights to my garage soffet. If there's nothing available, I guess I could always just use outdoor fluorescents in a standard can... but I figured I'd ask. TIA!

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Most recessed lights are damp location rated. You do not need a special can outside.

May I ask what low-voltage has to do with energy savings???

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May I ask what low-voltage has to do with energy savings???

You know, cause its only 12 volts.
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Most recessed lights are damp location rated. You do not need a special can outside.

May I ask what low-voltage has to do with energy savings???
Like others have noted, you run 110v into the transformer, 12v is fed to the lights which are every bit as bright as can be. I used them over my sink (recessed) and under cabinets (line strips) when we did the kitchen over last year. I'm assuming that even though the feed is 110v, the amp draw is less than running regular incancesdents. Running fluorescents means that they're usually a slow warm up to full brightness especially here in New England where it can get a bit cool during the winters. I'd like to run these on a motion sensor but of course have the option to leave'em on when I want to.

The fluorescents are a decent back up plan, and I'd like to have the sensor located in a different location from the lights. The reason I asked about exterior was because there are so many low voltage landscape lights out there, I thought maybe there might be some company with cans.
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The common mis-conception is that low voltage lighting uses less energy. That energy sill has to come from somewhere and if its connected through a transformer to line voltage its still consuming power.

The only way low voltage lighting can be considered "green" would be if they were powered from batteries charged by solar panels with no line voltage transformers. This could simply be each individual light using its own internal battery and solar panel or setting up a larger and scalable system for multiple lights to connect to.
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Like others have noted, you run 110v into the transformer, 12v is fed to the lights which are every bit as bright as can be.
That comment was sarcastic. The voltage has NOTHING to do with it.

Low voltage is NO more efficient than line voltage. In fact, transformers have some loss so if anything low-voltage is less efficient.

A watt is a watt, regardless of what is driving it.

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