If there was any doubt that fall is truly here, the cold snap this past weekend certainly reminded us know fall has arrived and isn’t joking around. Though maintenance probably isn’t the first thing that comes to your mind this time of year, the autumn season is actually the perfect time for fixing things up on the exterior of your home. Why? Cold temperatures are on their way, so refreshing caulking and seals and tightening up the door frame will save you dollars and chills in just a couple months. Also, it’s a good time to trim and plant trees and shrubs. During this time of year, sap slows inside plants. This means that when trees are cut they are less likely to become infected by diseases or infested by insects. Planting new trees this time of year is less stressful on them, and the months between fall and spring (when new growth begins) will give trees ample time to adjust. With all of these maintenance tasks on your list, now is also a great time to take care of your outdoor lighting system.
With as often as we talk about the quality of our Greenville outdoor lighting systems and their components, you may be asking yourself why they need maintenance at all. But think about your car, your home appliances, and your tools. Even when you have quality products, some maintenance is needed to keep them running in top condition. Your outdoor lighting system is no different. So what are some areas that need attention?
Well Lights – During fall, trees shed their leaves, and though there are only a few lying around now, in a couple weeks, they will cover your lawn. These leaves will find their way into your well lights because of the fixture’s shape. Even though these fixtures from Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Greenville & Western NC have lens covers that protect them, leaves and other lawn debris can sill collect on the covers and cause the fixture to heat up. This can cause bulbs to burn out. Well lights needs to be cleaned out regularly.
Wiring – The wiring powering your outdoor lighting system is buried. However, especially with the additional rain that fall typically brings, erosion can cause wiring to become exposed. This can lead to nicked or cut wires, which can cause fires. Your wiring should be inspected routinely to ensure that it is amply covered.
Fixtures – Fixtures are exposed to the elements and as a result they are subject to shifting caused by erosion, beating rain, and billowing wind. Occasionally, they also get jostled by landscaping equipment or playing pets and children. Additionally, trees and other landscaping elements grow, impacting what is made visible in the light beam. It’s important to the overall look of your system to make adjustments from time to time.
Bulbs – With longer nighttime hours already arriving, you want to be sure your bulbs are all functioning, so your light appears as it should. Bulbs should be routinely checked and replaced if needed.
Transformer – Your transformer is the heart of your system, so it’s important that it receive a check up regularly just to ensure that it is functioning properly.
Of course, you could try to go through this checklist yourself, or you could call Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Greenville & Western NC. Let the professionals who installed your system ensure that it is in tip-top shape for the upcoming holiday season and our longer fall nights. And if you have an Annual Maintenance Plan, this work is already covered. You take your car to the shop. Let us come show your outdoor lighting system a little TLC this fall.
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