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Low Voltage Light Bulbs
The low voltage light bulbs you see in homes, on lawns, in displays, and in many other places have all been designed to operate on lower voltage than standard line voltage light bulbs. This difference in voltage has a significant impact on the kinds of filaments needed by low voltage light bulbs. And this difference in filaments, in turn, allows users to put lighting applications in smaller places. Because low voltage lighting has so many applications -- landscape lighting, under cabinet lighting, recessed lighting, and cove lighting, just to name a few -- the low voltage light bulbs needed by each kind of luminaire can vary widely.
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Small and Specialty Light Bulbs
It is a common misconception that all small light bulbs or miniature light bulbs are low voltage light bulbs. Actually, most chandeliers operate on line voltage. There are, however, some types of specialty light bulbs, including small light bulbs, that are mostly manufactured in low voltage varieties. Examples of this are wedge based light bulbs, festoon light bulbs, and bipin light bulbs. These are usually designed for 12-volt lighting applications in smaller fixtures, like over and under cabinets and along paths.
Low Voltage LED Light Bulbs
These lamps are designed to replace incandescent low voltage light bulbs, like xenon and halogen. Why? The answer won't surprise you. Low voltage LED light bulbs do all the good things all LEDs do, like being energy efficient and rendering color well. LEDs actually work best when integrated into their own light fixtures. In fact, when we put LEDs into light bulbs, it is just so that they will fit the old style of lighting. So, because LED light bulbs save energy, have long rated lives, and give off crisp light that renders color well, they are popular as alternatives to incandescent light bulbs for low voltage light fixtures. Among the most popular low voltage LED light bulbs are 12v LED bulbs and low voltage MR16 LED light bulbs used for low voltage landscape lighting, recessed lighting, and under cabinet lighting.