What is low voltage lighting? 

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Low voltage lighting is defined by Article 411 of the National Electric Code as "lighting systems operating at 30 volts or less", but typically are designed to operate at 12 or 24 volts. 

 

Its most common forms are down lights, strip, cable, track, monopoints, sconces.

 

But low voltage means that it draws higher amperages.  Higher amperages mean that there must be a high level of attention to detail to voltage drops, equipment used can handle high currents and loads, wiring both size, distance, and connections, location of the lighting.

 

Low voltage lighting requires a step-down transformer to transform electricity down to 12 or 24 volts depending on which low voltage system/lighting you have selected.

 

With the advent of LEDs, some systems can run up to 60VDC.