Miscellaneous Lighting Aspects Blog

A bunch of posts we couldn't decide where to place 'em.
  • What you need to know about our LED EMCOD MLE Transformers / Drivers

    EMCOD MLE Tape Strip Light TransformerWe have been supplying transformers and drivers for LED tape and strip lights to professionals for years. The old standby has been the popular magnetic transformer in AC and DC in both 12volt and 24volt. We will say that the DC has been the most common about two to one. Professionals have been using these for years with great success and when using a magnetic approved dimmer have achieved some impressive results. We plan to keep stocking the magnetic for years.

    Now as technology changes the LED strip tape light manufacturers have been upping their game. And so have we. The new LED strip and tape light products are coming out with higher performance and the expected dimming on these must be smooth and complete, offering the best dimming curve possible. We have the transformer driver to meet these demands and we would love to work with you on your projects.

    Check out our full offering as we have a number of approved and tested dimmers from a number of manufactures that work perfect.

    Warm White LED Tape LightHere is what you need to know today:

    • Constant voltage output
    • Full range of available wattages
    • Compatible with Forward phase, Reverse phase, Triac, MLV, ELV Dimmers
    • Cooling by free air convection
    • Flicker-free dimming
    • Dry and damp location
    • cULus Listed, Class 2 on 96W per circuit and below
    • Power Factor of 0.95
    • Driver dims from 1%-100% on compatible controls.
      Tested Compatibel Dimmers
      Forward Phase
      • Lutron Skylark® C.L: SCL-153PR-WH**
      • Lutron Diva® C.L: DVCL-153PR-WH**
      • Lutron Diva® C.L: DVWCL-153PH-LA**
      • Lutron Skylark® Contour C.L: CTCL-153PDH-LA**
      • Lutron Toggler CL®: TGCL-153PR-WH**
      • Lutron Toggler CL®: TGCL-153PH-WH**
      • Lutron Skylark® Contour C.L: CT-600PR-IV
      • Lutron Skylark® Contour C.L: CT-600PR-WH
      • Red LED Tape LightLutron Diva®: DV-600PR-BL
      • Lutron Diva®: DV-600PR-WH
      • Lutron Toggler®: TG-600PR-LA
      • Lutron Toggler®: TG-600PR-IV
      • Lutron Toggler®: TG-600PR-WH
      • Lutron Toggler®: TG-10PR-WH
      • Lutron Skylark®: S-600PR-WH
      • Lutron Maestro®: MRF2-6ND-120-AL
      • Lutron Nova T*®: NTLV-600-277-WH
      • Lutron Nova T*®: NTF-10-277
      • Leviton True Touch™ : TTI06-1LZ
      • Leviton : 6602
      Reverse Phase
      • Lutron Maestro®: MSCELV-600M
      • Lutron Maestro®: MEF2-6ELV-WH
      • Leviton Renoir™ II: AWSMT-EAW
      • Leviton Renoir™ II: AWSMT-EAW (277V)
    • Driver is designed for use with forward phase, leading edge, MLV, Triac, reverse phase, trailing edge and ELV Dimmers.

    The tape light manufacturers rarely collaborate with anyone on their new product development so this transformer group was designed to work with older LED tape light styles and 99% of all the new LED High output tape light products. We always recommend to our professional Installers to bench test anytime a LED Tape product changes to insure it will work with the transformer and dimmer before you install in the clients home. This will insure compatibility and eliminate "call-backs". Always install with approved methods and NEC standards to avoid non-passive failure.

    EMCOD MLE led drivers transformersWe are thrilled with the quality and reliability of these EMCOD transformers and drivers. The constant voltage output flicker rate of the MLE series is 400Hz-500Hz, providing a much better quality light output compared to the older magnetic LED hybrid driver that provides a flicker rate of about 50Hz-to 100Hz. The improved dimming quality and wide range of dimming compatibility solves a multitude of issues with older dimmable driver technology currently on the market. The housing of the MLE was designed to be as compact and slim as possible without hindering the ease of installation. See the specifications on this product as well as the factory wiring page included below with each of our drivers.

    The MLE transformer is the go-to transformer for our professionals that insist on the best product that gets the job done without issues and drama.
    Affordable, stable, reliable and repeatable makes this our #1 choice for LED tape and strip light transformers.

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  • Most Popular LED-FG1021 Accent Lighting in the High Outdoor Landscape of the Colorado Mountains

    Take our popular LED low voltage outdoor landscape lighting spot light LED-FG1021 and bring out those beautiful accents your yard or business landscape is hiding. Make your backyard, front yard, business landscaping, stand out from the rest with jaw dropping directional spot lighting. In a rare moment nestled in the high mountains of Colorado, you can see our spot light comfortably placed outside in its native habitat.

    LED-FG1021 Directional Accent Spot Light LED-FG1021 Directional Accent Spot Light Close Right LED-FG1021 Directional Accent Spot Light Close Left LED-FG1021 Directional Accent Spot Light Path Pine Tree Lit by LED-FG1021 Directional Accent Spot Light Pine Tree Lit by LED-FG1021 Directional Accent Spot Light

    LED Hooded Composite Spot Light accenting the magic

    OUR MOST POPULAR LED black landscape lighting non-corrosive composite hooded spot light low voltage warm white LED-FG1021-BK
    OUR POPULAR LED green landscape lighting non-corrosive composite hooded spot light low voltage warm white LED-FG1021-GN

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  • Sunset Evening Tree Lights Creates Magical Ambiance

    Make your outdoor space a magical space with our LED low voltage outdoor landscape lighting hanging tree lights. If you have a tree or covering in your backyard, front yard or even business landscaping a hanging tree light can quickly change the ambiance and mood. Let your yard set the standard  in your community by creating peaceful and relaxing atmosphere. Start enjoying the evenings outside with these LED hanging tree lights with its graceful illumination shipped free by ground to your door today and watch stress and anxiety float away.

    Sunset LED Pin-Hole Tree Lights Sunset LED Pin-Hole Tree Lights LED Pin-Hole Tree Lights LED Pin-Hole Tree Light

    LED hanging tree lights making the magic happen

    LED verde green outdoor landscape lighting pinhole hanging tree light low voltage warm white LED-9013-VG
    LED black outdoor landscape lighting pinhole hanging tree light low voltage warm white LED-9013-BK

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  • LED Outdoor Landscape Lighting a Beautiful New York Home

    Stand out from your neighbors with a beautifully lit home like this one nestled in New York using our LED low voltage outdoor landscape lighting kits LED-SPOT-KIT-SMALL and LED-SPOT-KIT-MEDIUM

    Bring Accent lighting to illuminate your yards foliage, home's walls and any feature you would like to stand out from the rest. Simple to install, easy to use, Total Outdoor Lighting Kits can help you be the home that shines!

    Outdoor LED Lights Two Story Brick Home Outdoor LED Lights Two Story Brick Home

    The kits used in making the magic happen:

    Rust LED low voltage outdoor landscape lighting hat path light LED-S215-RU LED-SPOT-KIT-SMALL
    LED outdoor landscape lighting spot kit, 6 spot lights, 45watt power pack photocell, digital timer, 80-foot cable LED-SPOT-KIT-MEDIUM

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  • LED Outdoor Landscape Lighting a Fancy House or Castle in Missouri

    Make your home a magical place with LED low voltage outdoor landscape lighting and be the talk of the neighborhood. In this weeks addition to our Total Outdoor Lighting Gallery, our customer turned his unique looking home into a dramatic castle waiting for adventure!

    He used our LED-SPOT-KIT-LARGE to highlight the brick walls and porch creating dramatic feel unique character and wonder.

    LED low voltage outdoor landscape lighting home or castle Missouri

    The kits used in making the magic happen:

    LED outdoor landscape lighting spot kit, 8 spot lights, 45watt power pack photocell, digital timer, 80-foot cable LED-SPOT-KIT-LARGE

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  • Suspending Satin Nickel Track Lighting Project

    At Total Track Lighting, we work on track lighting suspension systems every day. Our projects include single circuit track lighting and double circuit track lighting available in black, white and satin nickel. We currently have a project underway and wanted to share it with you. While we are still in the process of finishing this project, it is a great illustration of the type of designs we do on a regular basis.

    On this project, the client wanted to supply black wire from the track up to the ceiling. When you have a ceiling that is dark or black, black wire is a good choice. You will see from the photos here that the white wire, when straightened up, will actually look best on projects with a white ceiling and walls.

    Track Suspension Black Power Cable & Canopy Installation using Black Power Cable & Electrical Canopy Cover
    Track Suspension White Power Cable & Canopy Installation using White Power Cable & Electrical Canopy Cover

    We wanted to share this project in process so you can see just one of the many details we focus on when assisting our clients. We are always trying to get the best look, the easiest installation and outstanding lighting for your project. Our 7 Fast and Easy Steps is the best way to get started. You can also take a look at our Resource Page on suspending track lighting and our gallery of projects. We do everything we can to bring your project in on time and within budget. We have the most complete inventory for hanging track in the world and have been doing it for over 30 years!

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  • HandyDadTV Landscape Lighting Design & Installation Video

     

    We partnered with HandyDad.TV and sponsored his latest video on installing LED low voltage outdoor lighting that you can watch here. We couldn’t be more pleased on how the video turned out. HandyDad.TV walks the viewer through the layout and lighting design process explaining the reasons he made the choices in using Accent Lighting and Walkway Lighting / Path Lighting. He demonstrates time saving techniques of the trade to help the viewer who may have little to no low voltage outdoor landscape lighting experience. With calm and clear explanations, HandyDad.TV guides you through the process just like a good Father would when showing you the process. HandyDad.TV lives up to his motto “Your Virtual Dad in the Cloud.” After watching his video, we believe you will have the confidence to install LED low voltage outdoor landscape lighting in your yard, garden or business.

    The low voltage LED outdoor lights HandyDad.TV installed in his beautiful backyard can be easily purchased from our complete kits section and most popular LED lights section of our website.

    Here is a list of the low voltage outdoor lights used in his video:

    Black LED Low Voltage Outdoor Landscape Lighting Spot Light LED-FG1021-BK LED-FG1021-BK
    Spot Light
    Rust LED low voltage outdoor landscape lighting hat path light LED-S215-RU LED-S215-RU
    Hat Path Light
    Bronze LED low voltage outdoor landscape lighting flower path light LED-S220-BR LED-S220-BR
    Flower Path Light
    Black LED low voltage outdoor landscape lighting flood light LED-6011-BK LED-6011-BK
    Flood Light

    The accent lighting or directional lighting HandyDad.TV used in his video was our popular non-corrosive composite fiberglass LED spot light LED-FG1021-BK that is part of our complete kits or can be purchased separately with Free shipping. HandyDad.TV wonderfully explains the reasons he chose this low voltage outdoor landscape light and we’ll let you watch to find out more :)

    The second type of outdoor low voltage lighting HandyDad.TV installed in his backyard was Walkway or Path Lighting. His choice to use our LED LED-S215-RU China hat path light and the LED-S220-BR flower light couldn’t have been better and how he placed it in his yard, well, it’s worth the watch.

    The third type of lighting HandyDad.TV implemented in his installation video was Area Lighting or Flood Lighting. Using our LED-6011-BK flood light to illuminate a voluminous tree, he knew that a wider angle of light was required and that the narrower spot light would not provide the right type of light. His placement of the light really brought a magical touch to his backyard that is very pleasing to the eye.

    If you are looking at solving problems around your home or property we strongly recommend subscribing to HandyDad.TV on YouTube. He has hundreds of helpful videos that will give you the confidence to tackle a myriad of projects you thought you never could.

    We also provide many helpful outdoor landscape lighting videos that dive deep into many of the nuances of low voltage outdoor landscape lighting that will help you along your way with your project. Please stop by our resources page to find out more :)

     

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  • How to connect our Blue Low Voltage Wire Connector to Wire with thick Insulation - Video

    In this second part to our popular low voltage Blue Wire Connector video, we show you one of the most common problems when installing our Blue Wire Connector and how to resolve it.

    TLSP-BLUE-MR-CONNECTOR-804 TLSP-BLUE-MR-CONNECTOR-804

     

    Other Important Information

    ? How and when to use the 15V tap or a multi-tap transformer
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e4QwgjKg0BY&t=1228s

    ? 6 Top Outdoor Lighting Questions Answered
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e4QwgjKg0BY

    ? Prosumer Transformer overview
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KkKjjmt6IOs

    ? LED low voltage blue wire connector overview
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TzqaAHytgA8

    ? Landscape Lighting Connectors Video
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zuhKjlr8OIQ

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  • Where do I put my LED Outdoor Low Voltage Landscape Lights?

    This is a question we get a lot, "Where do I put my LED Outdoor Low Voltage Landscape Lights?". In this video we provide a detailed answer that works for everyone. Watch and discover how easy it is to put your outdoor landscape lights just where you want!

     

    Products in the video:

     

    📦 LED Spot Light LED-FG1021

    📦 LED Hat Path Light LED-S215

    📦 LED 3-Tier Pagoda Light LED-2030

    📦 LED Flower Path Light LED-S220

    📦 LED Well Up Light LED-FG5010-BK

    📦 LED Flood Light LED-6011-BK

    📦 Digital Transformer PW1P-A4512-BK

    📦 Prosumer Transformer EPC100W

     

    Other Important Information

     

    🎥 How and when to use the 15V tap or a multi-tap transformer

    🎥 6 Top Outdoor Lighting Questions Answered

    🎥 LED low voltage outdoor landscape spot light overview

    🎥 Prosumer Transformer overview

    🎥 LED low voltage blue wire connector overview

    🎥 Landscape Lighting Connectors Video

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  • Turn your Outdoor Light from Black to Verde Green FAST! Video

    Looking to spice up your plain black outdoor lights? We have a dry brush painting technique that will take your dull black landscape light and turn it into a creative work of art that flows beautifully in your outdoor landscape :)

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