You’re familiar with the old saying: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!”
This saying holds true in numerous situations, and low-voltage landscape lighting is no exception.
Whether you have a gardener planting new vegetation or you’re doing it yourself, there are a couple of things you can do to avoid lighting problems.
Where you place your new plants, flowers & greenery can have an effect on the performance of your lights.
It’s important to not place new plants in front of or too close to your lighting fixtures, as they can grow large and block the light.
Believe it or not, we have been out on several service calls where a light has been buried in mulch.
If you have your gardener put down new mulch, make sure you are communicating to them to watch out for your lighting. Sometimes it can even be worth it to flag all of your fixtures.
Tree removal can sometimes be a sad part of home ownership, but when it does happen, and you have a downlight mounted in the tree, it’s best to have your lighting specialists come to relocate it for you.
Ensure that your fixture placement is accounting for eventual tree growth.
Simply be mindful of where your snow shovel is going. Striking a path light with a snow shovel can damage or break your fixture.
The biggest threat the outdoor environment possesses to your landscape lighting system is moisture.
If you are experiencing any issues with moisture, it is highly recommended to seek professional assistance for servicing the fixture. A skilled technician will thoroughly inspect the fixture, identify the sources of water ingress, and proceed to reseal or replace any worn-out components to rectify the problem.
One great form of preventative maintenance is to retrofit your old halogen system with an LED upgrade!
Halogen lamps are known to burn out every year where LED lamps last 15 – 20 years. That means no more dealing with burnt-out lamps every few months.
As mentioned a moment ago, moisture is the enemy.
An LED is an electronic device just like a computer or cell phone. If it gets wet, problems will ensue. If you are retrofitting your system with LED lamps, make sure your fixtures are quality fixtures that will withstand weathering, and last longer.
Having your lighting specialist’s team of techs come out once a year to service your system is a highly recommended preventative measure.
During an annual service, techs will go through the entire system to check on the performance of everything. They will also take care of a large number of things:
Regular maintenance is key to keeping your landscape lighting system in top condition. If you wait too long to have your system serviced, it can require a lot more work and time to get everything back to the way it was when it was first installed.
We have had clients who have gone as long as five years without having their system serviced. By that point, the system is often unrecognizable and needs a complete overhaul, rather than just a tune-up.
The best way to maintain your landscape lighting system is to take preventative measures from the start. This will help to prevent costly repairs and keep your system looking its best for years to come.
If you think your landscape lighting system is in need of a tune-up or servicing, please give us a call or fill out our online consultation form. We will be happy to send one of our lighting experts out to do a free consultation and evaluation of your lighting today.