Landscape LIghting Brands

Discussion in 'Electrical Forum discussion & Blog' started by crabapplemcn, Jan 26, 2009.

  1. crabapplemcn

    crabapplemcn New Member

    Oct 29, 2008
    I wanted to do some low voltage path/flood lights outside my house and wanted some advice on good brands or online sources for good metal lights. I don't want really expensive ones but a step above Malibu/Big Box store kits.
  2. Thatguy

    Thatguy Homeowner

    Aug 27, 2008
    A bounty hunter like in "Raising Arizona"
    If you don't use all the incand. lights in the string the voltage to the remaining ones will be higher and so your lamps will burn out faster. The installation instructions are silent on this issue.

    I use a power resistor from an old TV set to reduce the voltage by 10% or so.
    10 ea. 4w lamps at 12v would need a ~0.3 Ω 6w resistor. You still get plenty of brightness.
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  4. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

    Aug 31, 2004
    Cave Creek, Arizona
    Malibu is out of business, so they are not an option. The lights are wired in parallel, so the voltage is CONSTANT regardless of how many, or how few, you use, as long as you do not exceed the total amperage/wattage for the transformer.
  5. WorthFlorida

    WorthFlorida USCG escorting cruise ship leaving Port Everglades

    Oct 28, 2009
    Orlando, Florida
    Volt lightning is top of the line and expensive but they'll last forever. Mostly made of brass and powder coated. Super quality and most of them have LEDS now. Middle of the line is Super Bright Leds.

    Since Malibu is OFB (, you'll not find a set for $20-$50 anymore. I bought about three malibu sets in a ten year period. I pulled them all out and put them in the trash. Low quality, corrosion, plastic parts breaking, fire ants loved to nest in them for the warmth of the light bulb and then the replacement bulbs got expensive.
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