Landscape lighting provides beauty, security, safety, and, as warmer weather arrives, continued outdoor enjoyment after dusk. It's an important aspect of the home.
After Nebraska's cold, harsh winters, spring maintenance can help improve the performance and functionality of a low-voltage landscape lighting system. In today's post, McKay Lighting's dedicated service team shares a few things you can do to get your lights looking great for the warmer months.
Check for Winter Damage:
Now that the snow is gone and ground it thawed, you can repair any damage caused by snow removal.
- Look for Damaged Fixtures: Errant snowplow blades, sledding, and other winter activities can sometimes damage light fixtures. Cracked lenses and bent path lights are not effective or aesthetically pleasing. Check your warranty if you notice some damage. Most high-quality fixtures have a lifetime warranty and will replace damaged fixtures.
- Realign Fixtures: The freezing and thawing of the ground and ever-growing trees and plant roots underneath the surface can slowly push fixtures upwards. You can realign any crooked fixtures and then properly situate them back into the ground.
- Clean Fixture Lenses: The melting snow and rain leave mineral deposits on lenses, which can make your lights appear dimmer than normal. A non-abrasive cloth, CLR type of cleaner, and a little elbow grease will get your lenses clean. See more of our winter maintenance tips.
Check for Common Landscaping Mishaps:
Spring is a popular time of the year for landscaping improvements.
- Clean Fixture Area: Mulch can fill in or bury nearby fixtures and obstruct the light from shining. Some plants will also block light as they grow. If you notice some dark areas, you can carefully clear away any extra mulch or trim plant growth.
- Clean Lenses: Accumulated plant debris on lenses can make your lights appear dim. Again, you can use non-abrasive cloth, CLR type of cleaner, and a little elbow grease to get your lenses clean.
- Cut Wire: Edging existing or new mulch beds can sometimes result in cuts in landscape lighting wires. When this happens, you will notice some or all of your lights not working after edging. We recommend flagging your property to prevent wire cuts for these types of projects.
Reset Your Outdoor Lighting Timer:
Analog timers need to be adjusted to reflect the change of seasons. You can follow our quick video below or follow our step-by-step instructions.
Request Landscape Lighting Maintenance or Repairs:
Don't want to do it yourself? At McKay Lighting, we have a dedicated service team that handles maintenance or repairs to keep your lighting system looking and performing its best. When you enroll in one of our maintenance programs, a service technician will clean lenses, re-align fixtures, run thorough performance checks, and more to get your system operating at its peak performance.
Landscape Lighting Design Adjustments:
Spring often brings landscape projects or home renovations. Any major changes to your property could impact your design by leaving dark spots or unbalanced light. A designer can adjust your lighting design to reflect these changes. It could be as simple as moving or adding a few fixtures depending on the scope of the project.
Looking to Enhance Your Property?
Our dedicated team at McKay Landscape Lighting works with you to create a custom landscape lighting design that's unique to your property. From design to installation to service, you can count on our team of experts to make sure you are happy with your lighting system for years to come.