Posted on November 6, 2017 by John Bruce
While the holiday season is the most wonderful time of the year, it’s also the most wonderful time of the year for outdoor lighting maintenance. Landscape lighting requires periodic maintenance to ensure its beauty, functionality, and reliability. But most homeowners don’t think about the outdoors during the winter months. Surprisingly, winter is one of the best times to do landscape lighting maintenance. At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives, we actually prefer it. There are many advantages to performing maintenance in the wintertime. Here are just a few:
Fewer Creepy Crawly Critters
There are far fewer pests to deal with. Bees, wasps, snakes, spiders, scorpions, and other creepy critters all prefer warmer temperatures and even slow down during cold weather. This makes for fewer annoyances and distractions to deal with while you’re working, and less of a chance of getting bitten by something too.
Less Risk of Ruining Your Spring Flowers
Like bugs, the plants are also dormant, which helps in a few ways. First, you can see what needs to be trimmed back so that lighting can shine where you expect it to. Winter is also the best time of year to prune many trees and shrubs, so there’s less risk for your favorite shade tree. Lower growing plants have fewer leaves too, which makes it easier to check for exposed or damaged wires near flowerbeds or just beneath the surface of the ground.
Less Chance to Ruin Your Patio Party
The weather is extreme. Rain, snow, and ice are all great for pointing out leaky fixtures that allow moisture in. And extreme temperatures cause materials to expand and contract, which can cause light fixtures to work loose from walls and begin to sag or even stop working if the wires become disconnected. By performing maintenance checkups when these conditions first appear, rather than the day of your gathering when you notice those lights aren’t turned on, you can save tons of money on replacement costs and even water damage repairs.
The darkness creeps in earlier and earlier meaning your outdoor lighting is even more important. The sun sets in summertime as late as 9:00, but in winter months, it’s down as early as 5:00. The long nights of winter are the time when outdoor lighting takes over as your best sentry. It illuminates your path into the security of your home or business, and shines the spotlight on anyone who dares to invade your personal space.
Because our busy season is spring and summer, you’ll get faster service during the winter because our schedule isn’t so booked.
Upgrade to LED Lights
If you haven’t upgraded your outdoor lighting to LED lights, we highly suggest you do. LED lights use much less energy and last much longer. They also don’t produce heat like incandescent lights do, so they have a safety advantage as well. We have upgraded many systems to LED and homeowners are paying less for their electric bills.
The way we see it, your time is valuable. That’s why we have a team dedicated to providing hassle-free maintenance for your outdoor lighting. Give us a call and we can come inspect your outdoor lights, change them to LEDs to save you energy and money, and repair any problems we find. Call us at (913) 859-9150 or contact us online.