How to Properly Maintain Exterior Lighting During Winter
Outdoor lighting helps make your living space much more pleasant, from casting a warm glow over your fireside activities to brightly lighting your backyard for an evening pool party. However, it's important to properly maintain your lighting during the winter to keep the light from dimming or causing electrical challenges throughout the year. Unlit areas where bulbs have burned out can be a falling hazard for you and can also welcome criminal activity from others. Here are the top exterior lighting tips to keep your maintenance up-to-date this winter.
Check for Moisture Damage and Loose Wires
There are some common issues that are caused when the temperature changes dramatically, and one of the worst for electrical components is moisture. Whether it's melting snow or a power outage, checking for moisture-related problems is critical during the cold winter months. If flipping a switch outdoors doesn't result in a flood of light, see if your GCFI switch has been flipped, which can be fixed with a simple nudge of the "reset" button on the electrical outlet. Don't attempt to repair anything electrical yourself — always contact an electrician to keep yourself and your family safe. Another common issue is exposed wires or wires that have been damaged by enterprising rodents; two other reasons to call in a professional electrician!
Clean and Check Bulbs and Lenses
Dirt, dust and mineral deposits can quickly dim even the brightest lights in your landscape by blocking the light coming from the fixture. It will take a bit of elbow grease, but using a soft cloth and a mineral-removing cleanser should get you back to full wattage quickly. While you're looking for grime, glance at the bulbs to be sure they're all still brightly lit. Winter is a great time to perform this basic outdoor maintenance and get a touch of fresh air.
Outdoor Chandeliers and Ceiling Fans
These specialized outdoor lighting options need some special attention during the winter months. Chandeliers and ceiling fans may be a bit more finicky than other lighting options, as moving parts with lots of glass and heavy winds or inclement weather don't mix well. Protect your investment by bringing any glass and bulbs into your home for winter storage. Review any outdoor timers that you have in place, and don't forget to turn the power off to these larger lighting options before you make any changes. Want to leave your lighting intact for a three-season room? Consider utilizing a pillowcase for an easy and inexpensive dust cover.
Want to learn more about maintenance tips to keep your outdoor living space ready for every activity? Contact the professionals at Northern Lighting today at 614-891-7600 to schedule your free consultation or check out our full line of exterior lighting online or in our showroom. And don't forget about our Dot Sale — receive up to 20 percent off select items!