WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MAINS AND LOW VOLTAGE HALOGEN?
Low Voltage - the first thing to say is that low voltage does not mean low energy. Low voltage lights operate at 12 volts and this means that a transformer is needed to reduce the voltage from the usual 240v down to 12v. The transformer can either be incorporated into the light fitting itself or fitted separately. The advantages of low voltage over mains are that they are safer and more cost effective to run. The low voltage halogen bulbs last longer than mains halogen ones and are often cheaper to buy. They are up to 20% brighter and for this reason lower wattage bulbs can often be used to achieve the same light output, thus reducing the running costs. The main disadvantage is that they are more expensive to purchase initially if you need a separate transformer.
Mains Voltage - these lights operate at the usual 240 volts direct from the main electricity supply. Mains halogen lights give a good overall spread of light. They are cheaper to buy in the first place and there is less to install and less to go wrong.
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