If you have a project requiring lighting and are unsure about what to use or are concerned about dealing with electrical issues, LED may be your answer. Many LED lights are run from 12V DC power sources, also known as a 12 Volt DC Transformer. The transformer simply plugs into a standard outlet that is already installed. The power created by the 12 Volt DC Transformer is low voltage, just like a car battery. These power sources are similar to low voltage landscape lighting transformers, with the exception being their AC current.
When using LED lights powered by a 12 Volt DC Transformer, you can usually run prescribed wiring without the need for an electrician. The key is that the transformer must plug into an outlet. Many companies provide standard wiring harnesses and extensions that can make a DIY led lighting project very easy.
The LED lights will be a simple install if you match the LED lights chosen to prescribed wiring harnesses. The selection of LED lights available are vast, but most projects can be done using products ranging from a small single LED light to a light bar or LED light clusters with three to nine lights in a housing.
You should start your DIY LED lighting project by determining how much light you want and how it should be presented or formatted. Do you want the light to be specifically directed or a wide base of light in a larger area? Then you must figure out how you prefer to mount the lights and if you want concealed LED lights. Concealing LED lights is easy with small single lights or clusters of up to nine lights. Next you determine your power source which may require some sizing to make sure the selected transformer can do the job. The last part to figure out is wiring and low voltage wiring from a 12 Volt DC Transformer will generally be the answer. With this knowledge you are ready for DIY LED Lighting success.