The leaves have started to fall and the weather has started to cool down. Before you know it, winter will be here and snowflakes will be falling from the sky. When the snow starts to fall, providing maintenance to your landscape lighting system probably won’t be the task at the top of your to-do list. Chances are you’ll be focused on keeping your driveway, sidewalk and walkways clear, and getting those winter tires on your vehicle. While there is a lot to do to prepare for the winter season, our landscape lighting experts at Nite Time Decor are here to tell you that maintaining your landscape lighting system should be a priority. Here’s why:
It Prolongs Your Investment
When you purchased your landscape lighting system, you made an investment in your home and property. You installed a system that would boost your home’s curb appeal, increase safety and security around your home and create a functional outdoor space for you and your family to enjoy. It’s important to remember all of this when winter rolls around.
While conducting regular maintenance checks to your outdoor lighting system may seem like a low priority, it will actually help prolong the life of your system. Don’t get caught having to repair or replace your landscape lighting system when the damage can be easily preventable.
It Can Help Keep You Safe
A landscape lighting system does so much more than simply illuminate the outside of your home and property. It helps create a safe and secure environment. With poor weather conditions in the winter, along with prolonged periods of darkness in the mornings and evenings, your landscape lighting design can be more valuable than ever. A well maintained landscape lighting system can be effective in limiting safety hazards and helping you avoid injuries when you’re going out and about around your home.
What To Look For In A Winter Maintenance Check
If you’ve decided to make the regular winter maintenance of your landscape lighting system a priority, you’re going in the right direction! Now, you’ll need to know what to look for when you’re out inspecting your system this winter.
Dirty or Ice-Covered Lenses – If you notice your bulbs and fixtures are dirty or covered with ice, there’s a very high chance that your system isn’t working as effectively as it should be. Dirt, debris and ice will dim your light and block the beam from shining through. Make sure to clean any dirty or obstructed fixtures or bulbs with a clean, non-abrasive cloth.
Snow Drifts – After a big snowfall, you’ll want to do a quick walk-around of your landscape lighting system to clear away snow that may have piled up over your fixtures and lenses. As mentioned earlier, if the light cannot shine through the bulb, or a snow mound, it will not be doing you any good. Make sure you’re getting all the benefits your system has to offer by keeping fixtures and lenses clear.
Exposed Wires – During the early winter months, fluctuating weather conditions can cause the ground to freeze and thaw repeatedly. When this happens, wires may sneak their way to the surface. If this happens, you’ll want to make sure you rebury the wires, especially before the ground freezes. If the wire looks damaged in any way, or if you can see copper wire showing, it will need to be repaired before you rebury it. In situations like these, we recommend having a professional landscape lighting technician come out to inspect the damaged wires and make the appropriate repairs.
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Whether your looking for more information about maintaining your landscape lighting system this winter, or you want an experienced lighting technicians to come out and help you with your maintenance and repair needs, Nite Time Decor can help! Contact us today to request a quote or schedule an appointment.
The summer has come to an end and the cool weather of fall is starting to make its appearance here in Southwestern Ontario. Before you know it, that colder weather will be forcing us to retreat back indoors to the comforts of our warm, cozy homes.
When this happens and our outdoor spaces become less utilized than they are in the summer months, it might be easy to disregard the idea of a landscape lighting system. If you don’t already have a landscape lighting system designed specifically for the needs of your home or business, the fall season may seem like an odd time to start thinking about getting one. Sure, you won’t be using your outdoor space much in the late fall and winter months, so what’s the point in investing in a system now? Why not wait until the spring?
While this may seem like a logical thought, the truth is that there is more to a landscape lighting design than being able to entertain guests with backyard dinner parties. In fact, when you think about the value that a landscape lighting system provides during the late fall and winter months, it makes perfect sense to invest in landscape lighting now.
An incredibly valuable benefit to having a custom-designed landscape system installed around your home and property is increased security. While outdoor lighting also helps make your outdoor space more usable in the summer months, increased security is a benefit you can enjoy all year long.
Illuminating the outside of your home – including your driveway and parking area, doorways and entrances and the darker areas around your property – will provide an added element of security around your home.
Another valuable benefit of landscape lighting is its ability to increase safety in and around your property. This can be especially important during the winter months when it stays darker longer in the morning and gets dark quickly in the evening. Areas to consider here are frequently trafficked areas outside your home like the driveway, walkways and front entrance. When you combine walking to and from your car each day in the dark, with poor weather conditions that have the ability to produce black ice in these areas, limited visibility can quickly contribute to a slip or fall injury. Installing a landscape lighting system that focuses on these important areas will help keep you and your family safe during the cold dark winter season.
Avoiding the Peak Season
Because many homeowners start to think about investing in a landscape lighting design in the spring and summer months, fall tends to be an off-peak season. This means that professional landscape lighting companies are typically less busy. So how does this benefit you? Selecting a landscape lighting design and booking the installation in an off-peak period often means that a landscape lighting company can come out and perform a quick installation right away – talk about convenience!
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If you’re looking to increase safety and security around your home this fall and winter, our experienced team of outdoor lighting professionals at Nite Time Decor can help! Contact us today to get started on the perfect landscape lighting design for your home or business.