With the cold weather in full swing, now is the time to make sure your landscaping lighting will make it through the colder months of the year intact. While you do need to put some time and effort into this, the process isn’t too difficult, and will help you save quite a bit of money in the long run. If you fail to protect your landscaping lighting elements, the cold, snow and ice may cause damage or even break the lights, resulting in the need for expensive repairs come spring.
Keep The Lenses Clean
Make sure the lenses of your lights remain clean. Debris, dirt and mineral deposits can dim or even block the light coming from a fixture completely. This is especially true for those that are sitting near the ground. Keep in mind, in addition to clearing away dirt and debris, you also need to remove any accumulated snow from the lighting fixtures, especially if you are using LED bulbs. LEDs don’t produce as much heat, which means the light won’t be able to melt the snow. If the fixtures are under snow and ice too long, they can suffer irreparable damage.
Look for Signs of Exposed Wires
During the winter months, the ground will freeze and thaw frequently. As this cycle continues, it may result in a wire moving to the surface of the ground. If you can, make sure to rebury the wire before the ground freezes. Be sure to carefully inspect the wire before you rebury it and if you notice any copper wire showing or that appears damaged, it will have to be repaired first. In most cases, it is best to leave this type of work to the professionals.
Adjust Your Fixtures
As time passes, your landscape lighting fixtures may become misaligned, or be damaged due to landscaping, the wind and the removal of snow. As a result, you should walk through your yard from time to time to realign any fixtures that are crooked.
If you have to remove snow, you should be careful not to hit or misalign any fixtures nearby. Also, if you hire a professional service for snow removal, make sure they are aware of the locations of your light fixtures, so they don’t cause any damage.
The good news is, modern landscape lighting fixtures are designed to be durable, weather proof and long lasting. However, this doesn’t mean they are going to continue to work if you don’t take time to maintain them during the colder months of the year. If you do notice a more serious issue with your landscape lights, make sure to call the professionals from The IDL Company for help. They can inspect the issue and provide the necessary repairs.