How do I minimize voltage drop?

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The closer your incandescent fixtures are placed to the transformer, the higher their voltage (and wattage). The farther away you place the fixture, the lower the voltage it will receive. If a cable run is too long or if too many lights are being powered by a single transformer, noticeable voltage drop may occur.

Voltage drop causes the lights farthest from the transformer to become dimmer than the other lights.

Voltage drop can be minimized in various ways …

  • Heavier gauge cable
  • Use a higher capacity transformer
  • Install multiple transformers
  • Shorten your cable length
  • Reduce individual fixture wattage
  • Reduce the total number of fixtures on a run

Voltage drop actually works to your advantage if differences in lamp brightness levels add a desired look and feel to your installation. Remember … bulbs with lower voltage will last longer, requiring less replacement.

What effect does voltage have on lamp life?

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Most low voltage bulbs are designed to operate on 12 volts or less. Excessive voltage reduces lamp life due to excess heat generated from that voltage.

Here are the approximate values of voltage effects…

  • 13.0 volts… 50% of rated life
  • 12.5 volts… 65% of rated life
  • 12.0 volts… as rated by manufacturer
  • 11.0 volts… 2x rated lamp life
  • 10.0 volts… 3x rated lamp life

Where do I use the Integral Lighting 18? fixture?

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The IL18.xxx and IL18.xxx.500 was designed specifically for illuminating columns. The fixture has also proven itself perfect for adding safety to step and tread situations when the step width exceeds 48″.

Do I need an electrician to install Integral Lighting?

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No. Integral Lighting operates on low voltage (12 volts). Once you determine the quantity of fixtures desired, the transformer is plugged into a nearby 120 volt receptacle. Low voltage cable is routed throughout the installation and the fixtures are connected. Detailed instructions are included and we offer toll free assistance for your convenience. Call 800.861.1364 if you would like to discuss your project prior to installation.

Can I purchase directly from Integral Lighting?

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Integral Lighting does not sell directly to the general public. We have Authorized Distributors in many states which can be located by visiting our dealer locator. Many of the distributors can help you with layout assistance and lighting details which you will need for a successful installation.

Additionally, you may contact our office for support at 800.861.1364 during normal business hours Monday through Friday 8am to 4pm EST.

How do I obtain pricing on Integral Lighting products?

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The final price of our product is determined by our Authorized Distributors. Realize that they are independent and both pricing and expertise for your project will vary from one to the next.

Visit our dealer locator to locate a dealer near you or call 800.861.1364 for assistance.

Am I able to purchase Integral Lighting as a homeowner?

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Yes. We will assist you in locating an Integral Lighting Authorized Distributor in your area or online that can process your request in a timely manner. In the event that the dealer does not have your model or finish selection in stock, we ship the same day, Monday through Friday via UPS.
Same Day Shipping when an order is placed by 2:00 pm EST.  Guaranteed.