Avoid Landscape Lighting Hazards
Your landscape lighting should be designed to withstand many weather conditions especially in North Carolina: sun, rain, wind, heat, and cold… just to name a few. Your outdoor lighting system is also designed to require simple, occasional maintenance. However, Mother Nature, and even some homeowner’s, can unintentionally create a fire hazard around their landscape lighting fixtures. So let’s talk about how you can avoid any outdoor lighting fire hazards year round.
Perform a visual landscape lighting check for any exposed wires at least once during each season.
Your outdoor lighting system is not infallible. Buried wires can resurface over time, becoming exposed to moisture and other environmental elements. Animals can dig up wires or chew through exposed wires, creating a short in the electrical currents. Schedule periodic maintenance inspections for your system to check if any wires have surfaced or to catch any other issues. If you discover exposed wires, you can check for any damage and simple rebury them if they are in good condition.
Keep landscape light fixtures free from debris, such as mulch, pine needles, and fallen leaves.
Spring and fall in Raleigh-Durham, Greensboro, Winston-Salem or even the High Point, area tend to be the times when lighting fixtures can become accidently covered with landscaping materials. When you are spreading mulch, pine needles or other landscaping materials in your planting beds, clear some space around any outdoor uplights or ground fixtures. Landscaping materials and fallen leaves can cover lighting receptacles and create trapped heat, which can spark a blaze—especially under dry weather conditions. A quick check will keep your yard and home safe from a fire hazard and ensure that your lighting system continues to provide the desired lighting effect.
Install clear covers on your outdoor lighting fixtures.
A glass or plastic cover will add a layer of protection to your outdoor lighting fixture and prevent any landscaping material, leaves or debris from direct contact with a hot bulb. Most outdoor lighting fixtures should come with protective covers. If yours are broken or missing, you’ll need to replace them as soon as possible.
Switch to LED landscape lighting.
LED lighting uses considerably less energy, lasts five times longer, and produces much less heat. They actually burn incredibly cool when compared to traditional outdoor lighting. Switching to LED lighting is a smart move both for your safety and for your wallet.
Have your outdoor lighting system serviced if it is not working properly.
Outdoor lighting fixtures can get accidentally knocked over while clearing snow from walkways, performing gardening work or by kids or pets while playing outdoors. If you notice one or more outdoor light fixtures not working properly, be sure to call for a maintenance visit. Sometimes the problem can be a tripped circuit breaker, a burned-out bulb or a wire that has been chewed by a dog or squirrel. And if you live in a moist environment, like at the beach, you’ll want to keep an eye out for rust and other moisture problems that can occur.
We’ll be happy to perform a routine check on your landscape lighting system in the Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill area and perform any necessary repairs or replacements. That way, you can have peace of mind knowing that your landscape lighting system is always safe.