The leaves have started to turn and, a little farther north, fall into yards. The first few are beautiful; then they start coming down in earnest and it’s time to either get out the rake and a stack of yard bags or to call a lawn service company. If you like to outsource work around the house and yard, we hope you will call Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte to service your outdoor lighting system. If you are a do-it-yourselfer, I want to give you a short list of things to check on your outdoor lights while you are cleaning up the yard this fall.
A quality Charlotte outdoor lighting system is going to be relatively maintenance free, but like any mechanical or electrical system, it does require a little TLC to keep it operating well and looking great. The first thing you should do is check all the bulbs: are they all in working order? Are the fixtures free of debris? You can lose a lot of lumens to dirt and bugs in your fixtures. If you have glass or plastic lenses, you want to clean both sides of them thoroughly.
Halogen bulbs need to be changed every year or two, but LEDs have a much longer lifespan. Regardless of the type of bulb, make sure you replace like with like. The last thing you want to do is put excessive strain on your system by trying to draw more power than it is designed to handle. As the sun sets earlier and daylight savings time ends, you probably want to check and/or reset your timer too.
Give your fixtures a look to see if they are all still straight. Storms, kids, pets, and lawnmowers can easily knock fixtures off kilter and throw their light off target. Use a small level to check vertical fixtures. Working with a partner near sunrise or sunset can help you make sure the others are shining according to the original design. Obviously, you want to repair any damaged wires, fixtures or transformers. Those can be safety hazards since electricity is involved.
Finally, take a look at the growth you have had in your yard and garden over the summer. Are some of the trees, plants, and hedges making aggressive moves toward your light fixtures? Usually a few snips with a clipper will put them back in their place, but in dramatic cases you may need to move either the plant or the fixture. In plant vs. light, the plant will always win unless you step in to lend a hand.
Whether you purchased your Charlotte outdoor lighting from us or another vendor, we are always happy to come help repair or maintain your outdoor lighting system. Just give us a call.
Ken Brantley, Owner
Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte.