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5 Winter Maintenance Tips For Your Exterior Home Lighting

Keep your exterior lighting system well-maintained and shining bright all winter long with the following tips from our professional service team. 

Exterior lighting plays an important role in your landscape all year round, but it is most crucial during the darker and colder winter months.

This is because it will:

  • boost your winter curb appeal.
  • protect you from hazards such as slipping and falling, especially during the evenings and nighttime.
  • deter potential criminals and pests.
  • enhance the appearance of your home, especially if you have festive decorations.

Exterior Lighting Services in Calgary

From LEDs to more traditional fluorescent exterior lights, Fluorescent Man Lighting offers affordable and quality lighting products to make your home a safer and more comfortable place.

From installation to regularly scheduled maintenance and repair, our team is experienced in a wide range of services to always keep your interior and exterior lights working like new.


5 Winter Maintenance Tips For Exterior Lighting

While it’s true that winter is not the friendliest time of year to perform outdoor maintenance, regular upkeep of your exterior lightings is important to help them do their job correctly.

While it’s always best to enlist the help of an exterior lighting expert when you need a bulb or fixture repaired or replaced, here are some tips on how to take care of your outdoor lighting:


1. Clear the Lenses

In order to properly diffuse light throughout your paths and landscaping, you should regularly clean the lenses of your outdoor lighting fixtures. As mentioned in our previous fall lighting post, everything from dirt and debris, to mineral deposits, can build up and block the light, especially for low-to-the-ground fixtures. In the winter, this problem can be exacerbated by ice and snow blocking or covering lenses.

How to clean the lenses of your exterior lights

Use a brush or scraper to gently remove ice from fixtures, and use a soft microfibre cloth and the appropriate cleaner to keep the lenses free of debris and working properly. 

Have lights that are too high up to clean yourself? Learn more about our Bucket Truck Services


2. Check for Exposed Wires

Over the course of the winter months, snow and ice will continually freeze and thaw in your yard. As a result, some of the wires from underneath your exterior lighting can become exposed.

Make sure you re-bury these BEFORE the ground freezes and the job becomes more difficult.

However, if the wire appears to be damaged at all, it’s important to immediately repair it and make sure that the fixture is not used until it is fixed. A professional lighting expert at Fluorescent Man Lighting will be happy to help with this aspect of your winter maintenance.


3. Adjust Your Fixtures

Over time, your outdoor fixtures can move out of alignment or become damaged from landscaping, snow removal, or the wind. It’s important to periodically walk through your property to re-align any crooked fixtures.  


4. Check Your Bulbs

Extreme temperatures can shorten the life of a bulb so it’s important to constantly check the status of your fixtures and replace any burned out bulbs as soon as possible. This shortened lifespan can be attributed to several factors including:

  • Less daylight means your system is running longer each night
  • As bulbs burn out, the working bulbs nearby receive more voltage, dying out quicker
  • Extreme temperature swings

At Fluorescent Man Lighting, we have the equipment, expertise and knowledge to quickly repair or replace your bulbs to ensure that your exterior lighting is always working as it should.


LED vs Fluorescent Exterior Lighting

While traditionally, many people preferred fluorescent exterior lighting, advancements in LED technology now promise a number of added benefits to your outdoor lighting landscape.

Benefits of LED Exterior Lighting Compared To Alternatives:

  • More energy efficient
  • Longer lifespan
  • Cost-effective
  • Brighter
  • Come in a range of colours and styles


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To find out more about our exterior lighting services including bucket truck services and lighting maintenance programs, contact our team at 403-863-8529 or fill in our online contact form.

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