When the sun goes down and the summer heat becomes more bearable, many homeowners rely on their landscape lighting to transform their yards into spaces for entertaining, relaxing, and having a good time. Whether you have a brand new lighting system that you would like to maintain for years to come or you are looking to improve old lights that have seen better days, these four landscape lighting maintenance tips can help you protect your lighting investment and make the most of your yard.
1. Clean Lenses
Water spots, dirt, insects, and more can cover the surfaces of your lighting system’s lenses, causing lights to appear dim. Give your lighting system’s lenses a quick scrub and see the difference. If your lights are regularly hit by hard water from your irrigation system, you may have to scrub a bit harder to remove built up residue. Cleaning your lenses regularly can help prevent this buildup and keep your lights bright.
2. Check Bulbs
If you have a large lighting system, you may not notice when a bulb has burnt out. Check all of your lights and make sure that the bulbs are still working. This is especially important with halogen bulbs or security lighting. One burnt out halogen bulb can increase the voltage pushed through to the rest of the bulbs in the system, and a poorly-maintained landscape lighting system does not offer the same security benefits as one that is functioning at peak performance. Consider changing to LED bulbs, they will save up to 70% on electricity and last much, much longer than halogen bulbs.
3. Inspect Tree Mounts
One vital part of landscape lighting maintenance that homeowners often overlook is the status of tree mounts. When light fixtures are mounted to trees, the trees grow and sometimes encase the mounting hardware. This causes problems for both the lighting system and the tree. If the problem is severe enough, it can actually compromise the tree’s health and pose a safety risk for buildings around the tree. It is crucial to regularly check all mounted light fixtures to make sure that trees are not growing over hardware. If you notice that your trees are growing around your light fixtures, contact a landscape lighting professional to adjust the fixtures and save your tree.
4. Check Positioning
The last and most simple landscape lighting maintenance tip is to look at your fixtures and pay attention to where the light is going. When light fixtures are nudged by people, animals, or weather, the light they throw can be redirected. Take a look at all of your light fixtures and adjust them as needed to ensure that they are lighting up the correct parts of your yard.
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