When winter weather moves in, you may be tempted to batten down the hatches and hibernate. However, you need to ensure your landscape lighting makes it through the harsh winter months. One of the best ways to do this is by maintaining the lights during the colder months of the year.
Clean Your Light Fixtures
Sometimes, your outdoor lighting will appear dim, and they may seem like they are not working at all. There is some good news – this is an easy fix.
All you have to do is scrub the light, and you are good to go. Several things can impact how bright your lights are. These include:
- Road debris
- Gardening chemicals
Make sure there is no power running to the lights when you clean them. Check inside for any stinging insects that may live in the light. Once you are sure the coast is clear, take a standard glass cleaner and give the interior and exterior of the light a thorough wipe down. Be sure to clean out any dirt or spider webs that may have made their way into the fixture, too.
Change the Bulbs
Another essential part of maintaining your winter landscape lighting is to check the bulbs in your fixtures. Kansas City is known for brutal winters, which means you have to pay attention to this maintenance tip. Extreme temperatures are going to cause the bulbs to wear down faster than what is considered normal.
When several bulbs have burnt out, you will notice the other lights will begin to burn out faster, too. That’s because they are all running on the same source of power, which means new bulbs get more voltage, which causes them to run hotter.
You can consider making a move to LED bulbs, as they will last up to six years longer. They are also more cut out for use in colder weather.
Inspect Every Light
Your lights are used for illuminating particular parts of your landscape, you must ensure they are working correctly. This is especially important if they are used for lighting pathways or entryways.
Take some time to walk around your property and look at each fixture. Have you noticed dark patches along your garden path? If so, it could mean that something has tipped over, is buried, or fallen out of place. Take time to maintain these issues and ensure they can withstand winter weather.
Contact the Professionals for Help
When it comes to your winter landscape lighting, there are more than a few factors to consider. If you are not sure you can handle ongoing maintenance on your own, contact the professionals. Our team at The IDL Company is here to help and ensure your lighting remains winter-ready.