As a homeowner, there are a lot of things to consider when you winterize your home and garden. Some people choose to add a little extra insulation around their windows, while others remember to disconnect their garden hoses to avoid them from freezing. Although, for any outdoor lighting connoisseurs, keeping your lights shining brightly and well-maintained throughout the winter months is also a top priority that needs to be ticked off of the to-do list before the start of the winter chills. Here are a few ways that you can get ahead of the game with your outdoor lighting winter maintenance.
Keep your fixtures clean
All the dirt and debris that collects on your outdoor lighting fixtures can dim or completely block any light from illuminating outwards. It’s important to keep your fixtures clean if you want them working well and shining bold throughout the season.
You can use a non-abrasive cloth to clean your bulbs and the surrounding area around the fixtures. Also, be sure to keep them clear of any snow or ice. LED bulbs, although incredibly energy efficient, produce less heat and therefore will be unable to melt the piles of snow that can collect and cover them during stormy weather.
Also, when you’re examining your fixtures, check them for any moisture-related problems that are foreseeable. Ice and snow have the ability to melt and drip into your fixture if it’s an older, outdated unit.
Check your wires
When the ground freezes over night and thaws out in the morning, sometimes hidden wires may be forced up to the surface. These exposed wires are not only a tripping hazard, but sometimes when they are exposed to the cool elements they can fray and become damaged. It’s best to inspect all wired outdoor fixtures to make sure they’re connected and working before re-burying them into the ground.
Test your bulbs
Extreme temperatures have the ability to significantly shorten the lifespan of a lightbulb. We recommend that you replace your light bulbs throughout the season as needed. However, for those of you who invested in low-voltage light bulbs, the good news is that these landscape lights tends to run longer, which is perfect for the extra hours of darkness throughout the winter months
The benefits of performing the proper outdoor lighting winter maintenance is that your home will feel safe, your surroundings will be beautiful…even at night, properly lit walkways will prevent accidental falls and the illumination will most likely deter any unwanted visitors.
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