The use of LED bulbs during your landscape lighting installation project makes the task of keeping your outdoor lights working properly much easier than it would with standard lighting. With average residential use, LED landscape lights can last for up to 18 years. That’s over 40,000 hours of usage before a replacement is required. While this is undoubtedly just one bonus among the other benefits of LED landscape lighting, the longevity of these bulbs does not mean that you have a completely maintenance-free system. Illuminations USA reminds every residential and commercial customer that ongoing maintenance will always be required in one way or another.
Why might landscape lighting maintenance be necessary?
Yes, LED and low-voltage landscape lights are both powerful and long-lasting. Keep in mind, however, that the installation process does not involve placing a bare light bulb into the ground. Electrical wiring, fixtures, and various other elements all play a role in the successful operation of your landscape lighting system. Certain factors may call for maintenance to be performed.
This can be a problem on two levels. For starters, as plants and trees grow under the nurturing Orlando sun, the light position and performance might shift. Because of this, the glow of the lights might not give off the same look as when they were initially installed. For trees, in particular, growth may also occur around the fixture if it was installed directly into the trunk. In this case, the fixture will need to be cut from the tree, and wiring repairs may be needed. From there, our installation experts can remount the fixture.
While Illuminations USA makes it a point to use only the best quality landscape lighting equipment, the Orlando heat and humidity can cause fixtures to corrode over time. Made from reliable materials like marine-grade aluminum, stainless steel, and premium copper, we can say with confidence that you will get many years out of the Kichler landscape lighting fixtures we install on your property. However, be mindful of the fact that nothing truly lasts forever.
Extreme Orlando weather
Speaking of the weather here in Orlando, heat is not the only thing that causes worry. Strong winds, torrential downpours, and the threat of a hurricane are all an actual reality for Orlando residents. In certain conditions, electrical wiring and fixtures may be pulled from their placements. If this happens, a skilled hand may be needed to restore them–preferably the hand that installed them.
Damage caused during yard work
Accidents happen. Whether performed by you or a landscaping crew member, an incident may occur where a bulb is broken, a wire is cut, or a fixture is mangled. This is what landscape lighting maintenance services are for.
What kind of landscape lighting maintenance can I do on my own?
For the most part, you shouldn’t have to worry much about your landscape lighting system. Once designed and installed by the professionals at Illuminations, all you’ll really need to worry about is remembering to flip the switch. To ensure your landscape lighting shines for many years to come, however, there are always things you can do to keep them looking as pristine as the day of installation:
Keep branches and leaves trimmed and cut back.
Anything growing too close may cause damage to the fixture or end up blocking the light.
Remove pollen and debris from the fixtures.
Anything that finds its way inside the fixture to surround the bulb may cause an obstruction of light. By performing routine cleanings, you can ensure the light is not dimmed by buildup or film.
Check fixtures for damage after harsh weather.
Problems will only get worse if left unchecked. Following a particularly bad storm, be sure to go outside (or have a staff member do it for you) and inspect your fixtures for possible damage. If you notice any cracks or issues, enlist the help of local Orlando landscape lighting maintenance providers.
As a trusted Orlando landscape lighting company that has been serving the community since 1994, we always have our customers’ best interests at heart when ensuring the best quality for your investment. From landscape lighting design to installation, and overall quality assurance, allow Illuminations USA to be your first call for all your outdoor lighting needs.