Your exterior lighting makes your house more aesthetically pleasing at night. It also provides a useful security feature. Outdoor lighting systems give the impression that someone is home, even if that is not the case. Luckily for our customers, Oakville outdoor lighting maintenance is usually not a laborious task. Follow these tips to prevent damage to your outdoor lighting systems – either accidentally or purposefully by potential intruders.
Keep Your Outdoor Lighting Systems Away from Lawnmowers
When cutting the grass, avoid mowing too close to landscape lighting. You could potentially hit the lighting with the lawn mower, or have debris shooting out the side of the mower. Both situations can cause damage to your light fixtures. A simple solution is to place a bucket over your light fixtures before mowing the lawn or using a weed whacker to trim around your lights.
Oakville Outdoor Lighting Maintenance for Protecting Your Lights
Landscape lighting components can potentially get damaged from heavy rain, snow, or fertilizer. You can protect the glass portion of the lighting with a protective glass treatment to help prevent the glass from getting scratched or foggy.
A solution that does not involve treatment is to position lights under the cover of awnings and overhangs to protect against weather hazards. You should also check your lights weekly for signs of wear or damage and replace any broken or burned out bulbs. In addition, you should clean off the lights monthly with a damp rag to ensure there is no dirt build-up. After a rain or ice storm, dry the lights off and clear away any ice that has frozen on to the fixture.
Placing Your Outdoor Lighting Systems Away from Traffic
To prevent damage before it occurs, try having your lights placed in areas that don’t receive a lot of foot traffic. You can place your outdoor lights in a way that will highlight your garden and illuminate any unwanted company that happens to wander into your yard. Our down light is an excellent example of a light that can multi-task!
To further discourage unwanted traffic around your home, set your exterior lights on timers. It is preferable to have them come on once it gets dark. However, if the lights operate on a light-sensor, this step is not necessary. Having your exterior lights on a daily routine is useful in creating the impression that there is always someone at home.
A key part of your Oakville outdoor lighting maintenance is purchasing good quality lights made from durable materials such as stainless steel, brass, copper, or other materials that resist rust and corrosion. You can trust the team at Nite Time Décor to use only the best equipment with top quality workmanship so your lights will stand the test of time. Contact us today for more details.