Keep your landscape lighting working all year long.
If you want to instantly improve the appearance and functionality of your property, outdoor lighting design is the perfect solution. However, to keep the lighting always looking its best, you’ll need to put in just a small amount of effort. To get you started, we’ve compiled our favorite techniques on how to keep landscape lights working properly.
Choose LED Lighting Fixtures
The first trick to help you keep landscape lights working long-term is to choose the right type of lighting system. Halogen lights and other types are perfectly fine and look great, but nothing beats LED lights for longevity. These lights are durable, great in all types of weather, and have a lifespan of 50,000 hours and more. It means that they’ll stay attractive for years to come and you won’t need to discard them too often
Maintain Breaker and Lights
Circuit breakers are obviously required for your outdoor landscape lighting system, so it’s important that you keep yours maintained. You should also check the voltage and amperage that are going to the lights because you don’t want overloading to be an issue. If you’re not sure you have the proper setup, ask a lighting expert either during installation or afterwards to keep everything working properly.
Clean the Lenses
It’s very common for your lenses to get dirty, especially following the kind of inclement weather that Florida is prone to experience. Smudges will dilute a light’s intensity level, leaving them appearing a little lackluster. If they’re exposed to a sprinkler system, then it may also have hard water deposits. Wiping off the lenses with a safe cleaning solution once every week or two will prevent the illumination from being dulled.
Remove Any Fallen Leaves or Debris
If you have any large trees in your yard or in the surrounding area, it’s probably pretty normal for leaves to become a cleanliness issue. It is especially true during the fall season when leaves can quickly blanket the ground and block pathway lights and other lighting that’s been installed low to the ground. Be sure to clear your yard of leaves at least every couple of weeks.
Bury Any Exposed Cables
Inclement weather and heavy foot traffic can expose cables that have been buried at a shallow depth. Not only could someone trip on them and hurt themselves and possibly damage the lighting system, but direct exposure to the sun and the environment may cause issues. If you notice any cables have been exposed, get them back underground right away.
Replace Burnt-Out Lights
Even if you do choose LED lights over incandescent ones, it’s possible that they may burn out due to damage or because they’ve exhausted their operational lifespan. Just a few bulbs burning out in a light fixture probably won’t affect the illumination too much, but you’ll definitely see a difference as more stop working. Replacing all the LED lights in a single fixture will reset its lifespan.
Keep the Landscape Trimmed
Since you probably have lights set up throughout your property, there will be several places where overgrown vegetation will block the lenses. Keeping the landscape trimmed will prevent this from happening. If you’re running short on time, simply focus on the areas close to the light fixtures and remove any excess vegetation from those locations.
Contact Elegant Accents for Landscape Light Installations
Elegant Accents can assist you with lighting installation and teach you how to keep landscape lights working long-term to ensure that your property always looks and feels fantastic. If you have any questions or would like a free, no-obligation quote for our services, give us a call at (813) 629-2228 today.