Outdoor lighting serves multiple purposes, from enhancing the beauty of your exteriors to providing security during the evenings. Regular maintenance is essential to ensure your outdoor lights fulfil their intended function and last for as long as possible.
Whether your outdoor lighting is used for decorative or security measures, proactive maintenance will help you improve your outdoor lighting.
Do You Need to Maintain Outdoor Lights?
Outdoor lighting is exposed to more wear-and-tear compared to indoor lighting, so they will require some level of maintenance. Outdoor lights require maintenance to ensure they function correctly and remain in good condition throughout the year.
Benefits of Maintaining Outdoor Lights
There are several reasons why it's a good idea to keep and eye on your garden lights:
- Optimised Exterior Decor
Performance: Regular maintenance of your outdoor lighting can elevate the overall performance of your lighting. Cleaning, replacing bulbs and checking for hazards can instantly improve your outdoor space's brightness and optimal functionality.
Safety: Regular outdoor lighting maintenance can contribute to a safer environment. Optimal illumination of pathways, entrances, and outdoor living spaces helps prevent accidents and increases security.
Energy Efficiency: Checking for energy inefficiencies in outdoor lighting systems can be cost-friendly and help you reduce energy consumption.
Longevity: Regular maintenance can extend the overall lifespan of your outdoor lights. By checking for faulty bulbs and wiring, you can prevent damage and ensure your lighting lasts longer.
Optimised Exterior Decor: Incorporating outdoor lighting that matches your interior style preferences can visually enhance your outdoor space. Well-maintained lights can showcase an inviting environment while highlighting architectural features and landscapes.
Swan Neck Outdoor & Bathroom Step Wall Light - 16 Inch - Brass by Industville (Image Supplied by: @Padelfordhome)
How Often Should You Perform Maintenance on Outside Lights?
Performing a routine maintenance check on your outdoor and garden lights twice a year is recommended. The best time to complete the regular inspection is between Spring and Autumn.
How Long Do Outdoor Lights Last?
With the proper maintenance and care of your lights, outdoor lighting can last up to 50,000 hours before they need to be replaced.
Ways to Maintain Your Outdoor Lighting
Maintaining outdoor and garden lighting is crucial to ensure longevity, functionality, and optimised style. You can keep your outdoor lights in good condition by implementing a few simple maintenance practices.
Here are some effective ways to maintain your outdoor lighting:
Invest High-quality Durable Outdoor Lights
Invest in outdoor lighting fixtures that are made from high-quality materials. Lights made to last can help you save money in the long run and are built to withstand the elements.
Our extensive range of handcrafted lights is perfect for any outdoor space, creating a warm and inviting environment.
Maintain Outdoor Shrubbery
Over time, your light fixtures can become blocked or covered by shrubbery growing outside your home or garden. Trim or cut back any shrubbery that blocks the outdoor lights frequently. Overgrown plants can decrease the lumens the light illuminates into the space.
However, embracing a biophilic style in your outdoor areas bridges the gap between nature showcased within your exteriors and interiors. The illumination of plants from the outdoors can add an extra layer of style and depth to any outdoor exteriors as long as they are maintained – it is about getting the balance right.
Replace Bulbs When Faulty or Not Illuminating Properly
Over time, the lifespan of your bulbs begins to decrease and wear out. You can determine if your outdoor bulbs need changing if they appear dim or begin to flicker. Sometimes bulbs can be affected by a lack of electrical power, so check the power first to establish the problem before changing the bulb itself.
If you want to replace your old outdoor bulbs, embrace Edison LED bulbs, as they supply effortless brightness and functionality while lasting up to five times longer than traditional incandescent lighting. LED bulbs are incredibly energy efficient as they can reduce lighting costs by 90%.
Brooklyn Outdoor & Bathroom Globe Pendant Light - Pewter by Industville (Image Supplied by: www.chameleon-landscaping.co.uk)
Clean Your Outdoor Lighting Fixtures Regularly
Clean your outdoor lighting fixtures regularly to prevent the build-up of dirt and dust. Cleaning your light fixtures can also help stop fixtures from becoming too hot, charring or even igniting in very rare cases. Dirt and dust will block the illumination of your lighting fixtures, decreasing the visibility and overall style of your outdoor space.
To clean your lighting, use a soft cloth with dish soap and mild detergent to remove dirt and dust gently. Repeat this once a month for the best results.
Check the Wiring of Each Outdoor Lighting Fixture
Check your lighting fixtures and wiring for any damage, as leaving the wires exposed can be hazardous. Additionally, addressing any electrical issues promptly and adjusting the fixtures for optimal lighting distribution will enhance the overall ambience of your outdoor space.
Bulkhead Outdoor & Bathroom Oval Light - 6 Inch - Black by Industville (Image Supplied by: @theunlovedhouse)
Upgrade your Outdoor Lighting with Control Options and Timers
Optimise your energy usage by incorporating control options and timers into your outdoor lighting. Upgrading your lighting with various control options and timers can reduce energy consumption and allow you to tailor your lighting to your convenience.
No matter your guest room decor, our extensive range of outdoor lighting is compatible with control options, allowing you to maintain your lighting and set the tone of your exteriors.
Check and Adjust The Position of Lighting Fixtures
Over time, the elements may have moved your lighting fixtures. While undertaking maintenance, check the positions of all of your fixtures to ensure they illuminate certain areas properly.
Adjust your outdoor lighting to accommodate your preferred exterior styles or if you have moved your feature pieces around.
Swan Neck Outdoor & Bathroom Wall Light - Pewter - Tube Glass by Industville (Image Supplied by: Andy Haslam Photography)
IP65 Outdoor Lighting
Combining exterior style with practicality is important for the perfect outdoor lighting experience and atmosphere. While maintaining your outdoor lighting, you must ensure that each lighting fixture safely holds up against the elements.
Our extensive range of IP65 lights are weather resistant and ideal for embracing a stylish look for your exteriors. Our collection of IP65 lights are available in modern and vintage styles, which can be perfectly tailored to suit all exterior design preferences.
Maintaining your outdoor lighting is essential for both practical and style reasons. By dedicating some time every year, you can ensure that your outdoor lighting remains functional, safe and visually appealing all year round. So, make it a habit to invest in maintaining your outdoor lights and enjoy the benefits they bring to your outdoor environment.
Delve into our outdoor and garden lighting collection to discover lights that are perfect for you. Our range of styles will complement any interior design choices you want to encapsulate within your outdoor space.
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