outside lights

When is the last time you cleaned your outside lights or checked for loose wires?

Outdoor lighting enhances the appearance of your home while also increasing your safety. In order for them to do their job, though, you need to make sure you’re taking care of them.

Keep these five maintenance tips in mind to ensure your lights stay bright all year long.

Keep Them Clean

Different types of lights require difference care. However, no matter what kind of lights you have, it’s important to take the time to clean them properly.

Listed below are the three most common types of outside lights, along with tips for keeping them clean.

Spotlights

Spotlights should be dusted regularly with a dry rag. You might want to consider investing in covers for them to make clean up easier. Spotlights covers are usually clear, so they won’t prevent light from shining through.

Wall Lights

Use a small broom to clear cobwebs from around and inside wall lights. After all the cobwebs have been removed, use a soft brush to wash the exterior with warm water and mild biodegradable soap. Once the fixtures are dry, apply a rust-resistant seal coat to metal using a small sponge brush.

Post Lights

Post lights can easily become dislodged if there is a lot of foot traffic in the area where they’re located.

Check regularly that the lights are not wobbly or crooked. If they are, scoop some more dirt into the hole and pack the lights down with a trowel.

Regularly Remove Debris

Regularly remove things like leaves and branches from your lights so that they do not become fire hazards. Even small lights can produce enough heat to easily scorch fallen leaves and twigs.

Inspect Wires And Connections

Because most outside lights run off of electricity, it’s important you regularly inspect the electric connections and wires associated with them.

Before performing any electrical maintenance on your lights, make sure that the breaker that powers them is turned off. Test the lights a couple of times even after turning off the breaker just to be absolutely sure there’s no electricity flowing.

Once you’re sure the power is off, check for loose sconces and plate covers that hide wires. If any of these are loose, tighten them with a screwdriver. If you have buried power cords, make sure that none have come up.

Repair any exposed cords with frayed wires or cuts in the casing with black electrical tape.

Replace Burned Out Bulbs

Take a look at your outdoor lights the evening before you plan to do any maintenance and take note of any bulbs that are burned out.

If you feel like you’re constantly changing light bulbs, consider investing in LED lights. They’re more expensive, but they have a longer lifespan and are more energy efficient, which will save you money over time.

LED lights are also more durable since they’re made of plastic instead of glass.

Maintain Nearby Plants And Trees

Lots of trees look great in outdoor lighting. However, they can also be hazardous if you’re not careful. Keep your trees and bushes pruned so they don’t interfere with wires.

Improve Your Outside Lights Today

If you’re ready to enhance your home with outside lights, contact us at Elegant Accents today to schedule a free home demonstration!