Protecting your landscape lighting from the elements. Outdoor lighting in the Halton and Hamilton region are exposed to all kinds of adverse weather. Because of this, outdoor lighting takes a heavier beating than interior lighting. Luckily, there are things you can do, both while designing your landscape lighting and after your lights have been installed, to make sure you get the most out of your property illumination.
Here’s are 5 tips on how you can protect your landscape lighting from the elements:
Choose an Appropriate Location
Placing your lights out in the open is probably not the best idea when trying to protect your fixtures. When designing your system, try to place the fixtures where they can be shielded from rain, snow, and violent winds. For instance, if you have one of our wash lights illuminating a wall, place it as close to an overhang as you can.
If you have landscape lights in your yard, try to place them near shrubbery, trees, or other overhangs that will protect them from Mother Nature’s fierce mood swings.
Remember that even if it’s bright and sunny when you install your lights, it won’t be year round. Keep in mind future snow and rain conditions, particularly if your property has minimal protection from adverse weather.
Be careful of high winds and trees
If you have a lot of top-heavy trees in your yard, it may be time to thin them out. Top-heavy trees can be a danger to your house and landscape during aggressive winds.
Don’t want to get rid of your trees? You don’t have to. The best thing to do is to prune them simply by thin the branches out a bit. This will allow wind to blow through the branches, rather than push up against a thick tree. Thinning out your trees’ branches will prevent a fall that could cause major damage to your landscape lighting and yard.
Protective treatments in your landscape lighting services
Rain-X Original glass treatment and Rain-X Anti-Fog will help keep your lights clean and clear. Use these or similar products on the glass of your fixtures to protect them. Note that Rain-X Original should be used on the outside of the glass areas, and Anti-Fog should be applied to the inside of the glass.
Invisa-Shield is another staple in protecting your landscape lighting from those nasty elements. This is a metal sealant that should be applied to the fixture around the bulb. If you want to increase the effectiveness of this treatment, wax your fixtures before applying Invisa-Shield. And for extra protection, use Armor-All on rubber gaskets and sockets.
One of the most important steps in keeping your landscape lighting safe is to maintain your fixtures. Thankfully, with our warranties and lifetime maintenance, you can be sure that your landscape lighting system won’t be neglected.
Invest in a light shield
Light shields are clear boxes that can cover the fixtures that are out in the open. Make sure upon purchasing a light shield that it is the right size. It should be sealed to prevent moisture entering the box to damage your light.
Protect from the Snow
What should you do if your landscape light fixtures are buried beneath the snow after a big winter storm?
The heat from the lights will not melt the snow because the LED bulbs that are commonly used in professional outdoor lighting does not emit enough heat. We suggest that you take a broom to sweep the snow off the lens so that the light can shine its brightest again.
Contact Nite Time Decor
Follow these 5 tips to protect your outdoor lighting from the harsh Halton and Hamilton area weather elements. Looking to upgrade to a beautifully designed and professionally installed landscape lighting system? Nite Time Decor can help, from choosing quality materials to planning out the exact placement for each light. Our team of professionals can help you make these important decisions. Contact us today for a free quote and find out how we can help you create the landscape lighting design of your dreams.