Looking for ways to maintain the beauty and ambiance of your lawn? Landscape lighting is one of the best ways to breathe life into your yard. Investing in some beautiful outdoor landscape lighting is guaranteed to instantly transform your lawn or garden, enhance its natural beauty, and increase its visibility. Having the chance to light up the dark spaces on your property is one thing but keeping the lighting in good and functional condition is vital. Basic maintenance procedures are easy hence ruling out the need to hire an expert for the job.
1. Cleaning the Light Fixtures
Depending on the kind of light fixture you have installed, you will need to perform frequent maintenance routines on them. The three most common landscape lighting include;
Besides lighting up the garden or yard, these are mainly used to illuminate architectural designs and landscape features. They are bound to accumulate dead leaves, twigs, as well as grass clippings within the fixture. In this case, you should remove the debris and dust the light bulbs with a clean cloth frequently. Investing in spotlight covers, especially in areas where leaves and other debris tend to accumulate is highly advisable. These covers only block the debris from accumulating on the inside, they do not block the light.
(b) Wall Lights
Cobwebs and dust are most likely to accumulate on wall lights, and in this case, you should frequently wipe these off with a small broom. Afterward, you should wash the light fixtures with some warm water with biodegradable soap and a soft brush. Once you have thoroughly washed the fixtures, you should give the lights ample time to dry, and then finish off the process by applying a nonresistant seal coat to the metal parts using a sponge brush.
(c) Post Lights
These are normally planted on the ground to light pathways and flower gardens. These require the least maintenance compared to the other lighting fixtures. However, foot traffic will occasionally dislodge them. If you notice the lights bending or shaking loose, it is advisable to stack dirt around the light and pack it tightly using a trowel.
The best time to notice burnt out bulbs is at night so take note the night before repair day. The choice of bulb to install depends on your preference; halogen or LED. Halogens are cheaper compared to LED’s and they produce a crisp white bright that illuminates more. On the other hand, LED’s are more energy efficient and last longer.
Besides battery and solar powered lights, most landscape lighting is electrically powered. In this case, you should occasionally check to see whether the electrical wire connections are in good working condition. Before you do this, it is important that you switch off the breaker that powers the lighting. Just to be sure, test a few lights to see whether they come on. Check to see that the buried cords remain underground and re-bury ones that have been unearthed. Use black electrical tape to repair exposed cords or frayed wires. While you are at it, you may also want to check to see that the timers on the landscape lighting are still in good working order. You may need to replace batteries as required and re-program them to suit your current sunset/sunrise times.