Regular landscape lighting maintenance and cleaning can help extend the life of your landscape lights and keep the system functioning as it should. While landscape lights don’t require a lot of maintenance, there are certain tasks you should do a few times a year (or as needed) to help prevent the need for more expensive repairs in the future.
Here, you can find some basic landscape lighting maintenance tips to help you avoid serious problems and to keep your lights working properly throughout the year.
Before getting started with any landscape lighting maintenance, be sure you shut them off from the electrical source to prevent shocks.
Trim Back Branches and Plants
One of the first things you need to do when maintaining your landscape lights is to cut back or trim trees, shrubs, or plants that are too close to your fixtures or that have started blocking the light. By clearing these obstructions, you can avoid damage, ensure proper illumination, and make it easier to conduct the other maintenance and cleaning tasks listed here.
Remove Any Debris from the Fixtures
Once you have trimmed back plants and bushes, remove any debris in or around the fixtures. This includes things like dead insects, fallen leaves, dirt, and mud. Removing all these items will help improve illumination, make your outdoor area appear cleaner, and help to lengthen the lifespan of your fixtures. For older fixtures, this can also help you avoid a potential fire hazard.
Look for Any Damaged or Exposed Cables
Even if you had your landscape lights installed by the professionals, it is possible for cables and wires to become exposed. This may eventually lead to damage.
If there are exposed lines, be sure to check them for signs of damage before reburying them. If you aren’t sure if there is damage, call the professionals to check them for you. There’s no reason to take chances.
Check for Any Damage on the Light Fixtures
Look at each of your lighting fixtures carefully to see if there are signs of corrosion, dented metal, broken lenses, or any other damage.
Sometimes it will be necessary to order new parts, but in other cases, you may have to have the fixture replaced. If you aren’t sure, The IDL Company can help, so call them to know for sure.
Replace the Bulbs
There are many homeowners who have begun to install LED landscape lighting. This negates the need to change the bulbs, as many of these will last 50 years – or more. However, if you have older light fixtures or if the LED bulbs aren’t shining as bright as they once did, it may be time to consider replacing them.
Call for Help with Landscape Lighting Maintenance
If you don’t have the time, ability, or desire to handle these steps on your own, contact our team at The IDL Company. We can provide full inspection and maintenance services to ensure your landscape lighting works properly throughout the year.