What Is Voltage?

What Is Voltage?

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Voltage refers to pressure from an electrical circuit’s power. Voltage is what pushes a current through a conducting loop, enabling it to illuminate a light. It is essential that managers of commercial facilities know the line voltage where fixtures are to be installed. Line voltage is the voltage provided by a power line at the point of use. While US residences almost always are 120v, line voltage varies in commercial facilities. In fact, the line voltage in a commercial space may be different in various parts of the same building. It is essential that the voltage be known before purchasing and installing fixtures. Fixtures that do not match the line voltage will not function properly and potentially put the fixture or user at risk. For instance, you cannot use a 240v fixture on a 277v line.

Multiple Line Voltages

If you do not know the voltage of your line, you may want to select fixtures with multi-volt capabilities. Many Access Fixtures luminaires have ballasts/drivers that will automatically detect voltage ranges or can be set to operate at particular voltages. Quad-volt fixtures are designed to operate on 120v, 208v, 240v, or 277v lines; an electrician simply has to select the correct wire during installation. If our team knows what line voltage you need, we will wire your quad-volt fixtures appropriately before shipping them out. Multivolt fixtures will detect a range of voltages, the most common of which is 120v-277v. These fixtures will operate at any voltage within this range, which helps takes the guesswork out of your selection process. Many Access Fixtures luminaires can also be built for compatibility with high-voltage lines, like 340v-480v.

Speak to an Access Fixtures Lighting Specialist about Choosing the Right Fixture

The correct lighting can save energy, be environmentally friendly, increase productivity, and reduce operating costs. If you take your time and make the right decision, your lighting will efficiently support your organization’s mission for years to come. If you have a lighting question, we will be glad to answer your questions. We want to make sure you get the exact fixture for your needs, your budget, and your goals. To speak with an Access Fixtures lighting specialist, call (800) 468-9925.