How to Dim Low Voltage LED Landscape Lighting: With Installation Guide

By William K. Arner •  Updated: 10/09/21 •  7 min read

Have you ever wondered how to dim low voltage LED landscape lighting? If the answer is yes, then this article is for you. In this blog post, we will provide a step-by-step guide on dimming your low voltage lights. We will also talk about whether it’s possible to dim them or not and share some helpful tips that will make your experience with these types of lights much more enjoyable!

What are Low Voltage Landscape Lights?

Landscape lights are generally attached to the house or sometimes in trees, shrubs, and other areas around the home. They are typically used for aesthetic purposes but can also be installed with security in mind. There are two types of landscape lighting that you might come across when searching at your local hardware store: low voltage LED landscape lighting or solar-powered landscape lighting.

Passive Dimming Method

Can you Dim Low Voltage Landscape Lights?

The answer to this question is yes, and there are ways to dim your low voltage LED landscape lights. Two different methods will be covered later in the blog post, but both require a special light transformer or dimmer switch specifically made for low voltage lights.

How to Dim Low Voltage LED Landscape Lighting?

There are two different ways in which you can dim low voltage LED landscape lights:

Active Dimming Method

Passive Dimming Method

The first method of dimming your low voltage led landscape lighting is the passive way. This does not require any extra materials or equipment and requires that you manually turn on and off the light when needed to achieve desired brightness levels. With this method, you will simply use a standard light switch installed in your home to turn the lights on and off.

Passive Dimming Method for landscape lighting

Active Dimming Method

The second way of dimming low voltage led landscape lighting is through an active dimmer system. This requires some extra materials and installation by a professional electrician. Still, it can be automated, so you don’t have to turn on and off the lights when needed manually.

Why Do You May Want To Dim Your Lighting?

There are many reasons why you may want or need to dim your low voltage LED landscape lights. Some of these include:

– To have more control over the lighting for security purposes (with motion sensors and timers)

– For aesthetic purposes (to create a mood, play with colors and change brightness levels depending on season/time of day)

– To save money. LED lights are more energy-efficient than standard halogen or incandescent garden lighting, but they still use electricity which can add up when running constantly! Dimming them will help reduce this amount of power consumption and lower the monthly bills associated with having these types of landscape lights installed in your yard.

How to Install a Low Voltage Dimmer Switch?

There are two different ways to install a dimmer switch to your low voltage LED landscape lighting. You can do this yourself or hire an electrician for the job. If you want to try doing it on your own, follow these instructions:

dimmer switch

Step-1: The first thing you will need is access to power (if there isn’t anywhere you want to install the dimmer switch). This means that your transformer will have to be placed somewhere near an electrical outlet. Keep in mind that if there is not a power source nearby, it may require running wiring from another part of the home or yard and possibly hiring a professional electrician for this job.

Step-2: You can then begin installing the dimmer switch itself. First, shut off power to your existing low voltage transformer (you can do this by flipping the corresponding breaker in your home’s electrical box).

Step-3: Remove an access panel on the outside of your house, if there is one, so that you have direct access to where you will be mounting or placing the new dimmer switch.

shut off power to your existing low voltage transformer

Step-4: Position the dimmer where you want it to go and attach it using screws or bolts included with this type of hardware. We recommend connecting the dimmer switch to something other than your home’s structure since these types of switches get quite warm when they are in use! Placing them on another surface will help prevent any damage from occurring to the home’s exterior.

Step-5: Once it is securely attached, you can then take your transformer into that area and connect it as well using screws or bolts (be sure not to touch any bare wires while doing this). Please make sure that there are no obstructions between these two devices, such as insulation or other hardware, so that they will be able to work well together.

Step-6: You can then attach the low voltage wires from your transformer (red and black) to the corresponding terminals on your dimmer switch, which will be clearly labeled as “line” and “load.” Once this is done, you should flip the breaker back on or plug in your new light dimmer into an electrical socket.

Step-7: Test your lights to make sure that they turn on and off when the switch is in each position before attaching it back into its permanent location (or hiring an electrician). If all works well, you can then replace any access panels or other items used to cover up these devices so that no one will see them.

Step-8: That’s it! You can now enjoy your new dimming capabilities with the touch of a button. If you need to adjust or change something in this arrangement, be sure to turn off power at the breaker first and then make any changes that you like before turning it back on (and testing everything out).

Troubleshooting Tips And Suggestions For Successful Installation Of A Dimmer Switch

If you decide to dim your low voltage LED landscape lighting, there are a few things that we want our readers to keep in mind:

– Make sure that the transformer or dimmer switch is meant for use with low voltage lights. This will be noted on the packaging and can also be found if you check the transformer or dimmer switch itself.

– If you are using a low voltage LED transformer, make sure that it is compatible with your current landscape lighting setup and has enough wattage to power all of your lights. This information can be found either on the packaging or in user manuals for these transformers.

– Low voltage lights will work with both standards and LED light transformers. If you are using a low voltage transformer, it will not affect the function of your lights, whether they be LED or halogen in nature.

– Low voltage landscape lighting can work alongside solar-powered garden lighting without any issues or complications between them (this is great if you want to reduce costs).

Warping Up

With this guide, we hope that our readers will now be able to dim low voltage LED landscape lighting and other types of lights without having any issues. It is a straightforward way to control the amount of light that you have in your outdoor space. If you have any other questions or concerns about dimming low voltage landscape lighting, feel free to contact a professional for assistance.

William K. Arner

William K. Arner is an expert on lighting & indoor gardening. He has 12 years of research experience in lighting products and indoor gardening. William likes to collect different types of lighting & gardening products like grow lights, indoor-outdoor lights or automotive lights, and test them in different ways. He likes to write his experience as tips and reviews about lighting related products so that people can choose the best and perfect one for them.