There are many differences between mains voltage and driver powered products. We’ve pulled together a list of the differences as well as the advantages and disadvantages of each.
Mains voltage is 240V lighting which is wired directly into the main electricity supply. This lighting must be installed by a qualified electrician.
The advantage of mains voltage powered products is that they don’t require a transformer. However, mains voltage lighting has a limited lifetime compared to 12V lighting and therefore don’t last as long.
Driver powered products offer 12V lighting powered by a transformer which in turn are wired directly into the main electricity supply. This lighting must be installed by a qualified electrician.
The advantages of driver powered products are that they are safer due to a lower electric shock risk, they are often more cost effective to run and have a longer life span. But they can cost more to install than mains powered lighting.
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