Your landscape lights likely took quite the beating during the winter months. Now that the weather is getting warmer, it is time to give them a bit of TLC and ensure the lights are ready for your warm-weather plans for your landscape lighting spring. Some tips to help your landscape lights shine brighter this spring can be found below.
Clean the Lights
Have you noticed your lights appear dim? Do some seem like they aren’t working at all? If so, this is an easy fix. All you have to do is give the fixtures a good cleaning. Several things may impact how bright your lights appear. This includes things like gardening chemicals, dirt, leaves, road debris, bugs, and more.
You want to make sure all power is shut off to the lights before you start to clean them. Also, look inside the fixture for any stinging insects that may be living inside the light. Once you have done this, you can use a standard glass cleaner to clean the fixture inside and outside. Be sure to clean out any dirt or spider webs that have made their way into the fixture, too.
Change the Bulbs
Another important part of cleaning and maintaining your outdoor lighting is to check the bulbs in each fixture. If you live in an area that gets cold, there’s a good chance your bulbs will need to be replaced. Extreme temperatures can cause the bulbs to wear down faster than normal.
If one or two bulbs have burned out, you will notice the other lights burn out faster, too. This is because they all rely on the same power source, which means the bulbs that are still on receive more voltage, which causes them to get hotter and burn out faster.
Now may also be a good time to think about switching to LEDs because they will last about six years longer than traditional bulbs. Also, they can stand up to extreme temperatures better.
Inspect Every Light
You need to understand the purpose and point of your outdoor landscape lighting. The lights are in place to illuminate your yard and ensure you can make it to certain parts of your property without tripping.
Be sure that everything is working properly, and if some fixtures are not, find out why. Sometimes, things can fall out of place, be hit or kicked, or just need a bit of TLC. By providing this care and maintenance now, you can feel confident your landscape lighting spring will be ready for warmer weather.
Consider an Upgrade
Have you had your existing landscape lights for a while? Are they showing signs of age and wear and tear? If so, now may be a good time to consider an upgrade. The team at The IDL Company can evaluate your landscape lighting needs and help create a plan that will illuminate all the important parts of your property. Call today to set up an initial consultation.