Tips for Cleaning Outdoor Lighting Fixtures

It’s not uncommon for our customers to forget to perform basic landscape lighting maintenance. Outdoor light fixtures are often taken for granted in terms of decorative additions to homes, as well as the safe, welcoming light they cast. However, one of the simplest things you can do is to clean your outdoor lighting. Cleaning light fixtures will enhance their beauty and improve the quality of light cast. It’s quite easy to do and doesn’t require special equipment. All you will need is some spare time and plenty of attention to avoid getting water into electrical sockets. Read on for basic tips on how to perform your Oakville landscape lighting maintenance.

Basic Steps to Perform Landscape Lighting Maintenance

These steps will work for all outdoor light fixtures:

Make sure the light is turned off.

If you cannot reach the light from a ground, secure a ladder near any out-of-reach fixtures.

Remove any globe, shields or grills with the appropriate tool – usually a screwdriver.

Remove the light bulb. Set all parts aside. You are now ready to begin the cleaning part of your landscape lighting maintenance.

Fill two buckets with hot water and add some dish soap. Make sure it has some suds.

Place the removed items (except light bulbs) in one bucket.

Dip a rag or sponge in the second sudsy bucket and use that to wipe down the parts of the light fixture that you could not remove. Keep water from running into open sockets.

Rinse the fixed pieces and the loosened pieces with water.

When all are dry, apply polish or wax to metal parts if desired; clean glass or shades with glass cleaner.

Wipe off light bulbs with a damp rag (if burnt out, replace them). Again, make sure you do not get the end that screws into the socket wet.

Reassemble your lighting fixtures and voila – you have completed your landscape lighting maintenance!

Additional Tips for Your Landscape Lighting Maintenance

Check the manufacturer’s website for cleaning tips for the specific product that you are cleaning.

If your lighting maintenance involves cleaning a copper fixture, cut a lemon in half and dip the half into salt and scrub the copper lighting fixtures. The acid in the lemon helps loosen any tarnish while the grit in the salt helps scrub the tarnish away. Then remove the lemon juice and salt from the copper light with a damp rag and sprinkle on some copper polish. Wait a few moments and then clean off the polish.

If your outdoor lighting is a tiki torch (Nite Time Decor tiki lamps, for example), before you clean the torch, make sure there are no combustible items nearby. Natural or propane gas tiki lamps burn cleanly, but there will be some carbon build-up. Clean the head with mild soap and warm water.

If you are unsure about any part in the landscape lighting maintenance process, feel free to contact us . Our Nite Time Decor associates are always willing to help you out!