With less daylight this time of year, landscape lighting is the perfect way to continue enjoying this gorgeous fall weather, foliage, and your outdoor living space. Here are some helpful landscape lighting winter tips to keep your property beautiful, safe, and ready for camp fires.
Landscape Lighting Winter Tips
We all know how badly snow, ice, and wind chills can affect our skin and energy bills, but they can be just as bad for your outdoor lighting system.
Keep wires underground
Buried lighting wires may have become unearthed over the summer months. Before the leaves really start to fall, scan your property for exposed wires. This ensures you are up to code, which requires wire to be buried a minimum of 6 inches deep. This also ensures overall safety. Exposed wire can be a tripping hazard, and wild animals or pets could chew on it. In either scenario, not only are you threatening people and animals with electrical dangers, you risk shorting out your landscape lighting system.
Create a guided path
The autumn leaves are absolutely stunning, but they can be slippery when wet. Consider adding path lighting to your autumn landscape lighting to help prevent any unwanted “fall” activities.
Over time, fixtures can move out of alignment or get damaged from landscaping, snow removal, or the wind (mostly down lights in trees). You can periodically walk through your property to re-align any crooked fixtures.
Take extra care when removing snow near fixtures. If a company removes your snow, let them know you have fixtures near where they plow (the drive and walkways are most common). You could purchase flags or poles from a local hardware store to indicate their location. The best way to maintain your landscape lighting system is to prevent accidental damages.
Check for Common Moisture-Related Problems
Ice and snow can cause system outlet issues. More specifically, the melting can trip your GFCI outlet. If this happens, push the “reset” button on the outlet and make sure the cover gets closed. Please use caution when working with electricity and don’t ever stick anything into the sockets. Sometimes an outlet may simply need reset and closed properly. If the cover is damaged, you’ll want to get it replaced.
If the outlet looks damaged or will not reset, you may need to contact a licensed electrician.
Bugs, dirt and other detritus can be blocking the light. Shut off power to the unit before cleaning. Before working on a fixture check for nests that wasps or other stinging insects might have built.
Just like how the clocks have to change with the end of daylight savings time, outdoor lighting timers also need to be adjusted accordingly. Most will turn on at dusk and turn off after a set number of hours, so account for the shorter days and update the lighting schedule.
Remember that if there is power loss, you will need to reset the landscape lighting timer.
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