The winter months can wreak havoc on your landscape lighting if you aren’t careful. The good news is, there are a few tips you can use to help keep them working properly throughout the season.
Make Sure the Lenses Remain Clean
You need to make sure you keep the lenses of your landscape lighting fixtures clean. Over time, mineral deposits, debris and dirt can cause the lights to become dim, or completely blocked from the fixture. This is particularly true for fixtures that sit close to the ground. Cleaning these fixtures is easy, and you can use a nonabrasive cloth, and a CLR type of cleaner to keep the lenses clear. While it may take a bit of elbow grease, it will help the lights shine brighter.
You may also have to clear away snow if it accumulates on top of the fixture. A halogen bulb will melt the majority of snow away; however, LED bulbs don’t produce the same heat, which means you have to manually move the snow.
Look for Any Exposed Wires
When the ground freezes and thaws it can cause a wire to move to the surface. If this happens, you should try to rebury the wire before the ground freezes again. Keep in mind, you need to inspect the wire first, to make sure it isn’t damaged. If there is damage, it is best to call a landscape lighting professional to make repairs.
Adjust Your Fixtures
As time passes, your landscape lighting fixtures may become misaligned or be damaged. This can be caused by wind, snow removal and more. It is a good idea to walk through your property from time to time to realign any fixtures that are crooked.
Check the Bulbs
Extremely cold temperatures can shorten the lifespan of a bulb. When your bulbs do burn out, it is a good idea to change them as soon as possible, because in low voltage systems, all the bulbs will draw a small amount of voltage when running. When the bulbs begin to burn out, the good bulbs that are still on will receive a higher amount of voltage, which can reduce the bulb’s usable life.
Look for Common Moisture Issues
Snow and ice can result in outlet issues with your system. Specifically, as the snow or ice melts, you may discover the GFCI outlet is tripped. If this happens, you will have to push “reset” on the outlet and ensure the gauge is fully covered. Always use caution when doing this and never stick anything into the sockets.
If you need help maintaining your landscape lighting over the winter months, contact the professionals from The IDL Company. They can provide inspection, service and new installation for your landscape lighting needs.