Tips for Winter Weather
5 Winter Maintenance Tips for Outdoor Lighting
Keep your low-voltage exterior lights shining bright and well maintained all winter long with these five tips.
1) Keep Lenses Clean
Mineral deposits, dirt, and debris can dim or completely block the light from a fixture. Keeping your lenses clean is important if you want the best lighting effect. Especially with your fixtures situated on the ground.
After a big snow storm, you may want to clear some of the snow from your fixtures. Halogen bulbs release enough heat that may melt away most of the snow. LED bulbs produce less heat (this is why they are more energy efficient) and melt less snow.
2) Check for Exposed Wires
When the ground freezes and thaws throughout the winter, it can sometimes force wires to work their way up to the surface. Exposed wires need to be inspected and reburied before the ground re-freezes. Exposed copper or damaged wire indicate repairs need to be made. We do not recommend doing this yourself. Call us as soon as you notice this so we can get it repaired for you before more damage is caused to the system.
3) Adjust Fixtures
Over time, fixtures move out of alignment or get damaged from landscaping, snow removal, or the wind. You can periodically walk through your property to check for any crooked fixtures. Call us when or if you notice any issues with the positioning of your lights. If you have a signed maintenance contract with us we will do this for you every 6 months.
Take extra care when removing snow near fixtures. If a company removes your snow, let them know you have fixtures near where they plow (the drive and walkways are most common). You could purchase flags or poles from a local hardware store to indicate their location. The best way to maintain your landscape lighting system is to prevent accidental damages.
4) Check Bulbs
Extreme temperatures can shorten the life of a bulb. We recommend you call us to replace any bulbs that are out as soon as you notice this. Each bulb in a low-voltage system draws a small amount of voltage. As bulbs burn out, the good bulbs nearby receive more voltage, which can shorten their life. Exterior lighting systems tend to run longer every night since there is less daylight in the winter months.
5) Check for Common Moisture-Related Problems
Ice and snow can cause system outlet issues. More specifically, the melting can trip your GFCI outlet. If this happens, you can call us to reset your system. You can also do this yourself if you push the "reset" button on the outlet and make sure the cover gets closed. Please use caution when working with electricity and don't ever stick anything into the sockets. Sometimes an outlet may simply need reset and closed properly. If the cover is damaged, you'll want to call us so we can take the proper steps for repair.
If the outlet looks damaged or will not reset, you may need to contact a licensed electrician.
Benefits of a Properly Maintained System
A properly maintained outdoor lighting system makes your home safer, enhances its beauty and creates an ambiance at night, and also aids in preventing potential intruders or vandals. Properly lit walkways can help avoid dangerous slips and falls due to ice and snow.
Besides the winter, several of these tips can be completed at any time throughout the year.
All of these tips are things you could do yourself but when you have a maintenance contract with our company, all these things will be done for you regularly.
Exterior lighting design is what we do every day. We've been in the lighting business for 17 years. Our experienced designers and technicians provide the expertise and experience needed to light and maintain your outdoor space for both beauty and security. Our goal is to provide the highest quality, custom lighting services and products, to your home and the greater Kansas City area.