24v LED replacements

Discussion in 'Landscape Lighting' started by eastcoastjessee, Sep 10, 2013.

  1. eastcoastjessee

    eastcoastjessee LawnSite Member
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    Has anyone found and used any LED replacements that will work with the Unique Lighting 24 volt system?
  2. irrig8r

    irrig8r LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Seems to me that they were marketing that 24 V system with a notion that they would sell a lot in Europe and elsewhere where 240 V systems are the norm.

    Wasn't there a guy from Russia that was on here and using them a lot?
  3. BrandonV

    BrandonV LawnSite Platinum Member
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    i beleive unique has released their own line of 24V leds
  4. starry night

    starry night LawnSite Silver Member
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    I was just at an open house today at Wolf Creek in Columbus today.
    Six companies showing their LEDs there: Unique, Hadco, Illumicare, Kichler, and Hinkley.

    I picked up some literature from Unique on their Flex series LED. No mention of 24v option in the brochure.
  5. BrandonV

    BrandonV LawnSite Platinum Member
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  6. JimLewis

    JimLewis LawnSite Fanatic
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    What a total debacle that 24v thing was. I was installing mostly Unique systems at the time they came out. And I was getting a lot of pressure from my Unique Rep. to switch over to installing those 24v systems. Don't get me wrong, I understand the benefits. But I was never convinced that was a good way to go or that the industry was going to ever go that direction. I was always convinced the entire industry was going to go LED, even though Unique was fighting that and trying to go another direction. I admire them for being innovators. But I just think they headed in the absolute wrong direction with this one. Glad I never got on board with it.
  7. eastcoastjessee

    eastcoastjessee LawnSite Member
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    There is now 24v LED replacements for everything with the exception of the T3. I really wish I had not drank the 24v Unique kool-aid. It was only 1 job but has been frustrating when trying to add other fixture types.
  8. Lite4

    Lite4 LawnSite Gold Member
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    You can add any fixture you want to the 24 volt system. The fixture makes no difference as long as the lamp is 24v.
  9. INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting

    INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Never nice to say, but.... I told you so! :) I remember running into Nate at Lightfair the year before I launched my line of LED MR16 and Miniature lamps, around the same time that he started with the whole 24V thing... He stood there amongst all of the LED lighting displays and boldly announced to all who would listen that LED wasn't going to work, and wasn't going to go anywhere. I argued with him vehemently and told him why I thought that 24V was the wrong way to go (industry standardization rather than fragmentation). It was an interesting exchange to say the least.

    While you might find some 24V LED lamps, I would be very careful about the quality of them and their suitability for use in outdoor, enclosed fixtures. Remember that you cannot just drop any LED lamp into a landscape lighting fixture and expect it to work properly.
  10. Lite4

    Lite4 LawnSite Gold Member
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    Has Unique scrubbed the Intellimatic? I haven't really paid any attention other than that I see some dusty 24volt transformer and fixture boxes at my local dist.

    Also to Eastcoast- James makes a good point about choosing a lamp rated for outdoor use. I simply stated that just about any 24 volt lamp will work in a 24 volt system, however he is correct that the majority of the LED's out there are not intended for outdoor use. Will they work- sure (but for how long- that's anyone's guess) Personally, I would not chance it. Swap out the transformer to a 12-15 volt unit and the whole world of good LED's for outdoor lighting will be open to you.

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