Posted on June 6, 2013 by John Bruce
Old cars, appliances, and homes need a little more attention than their newer counter parts. With miles and hours of use, the wear and tear of day-to-day calls for a little tender loving care. Pretty much everything in our lives, except great relationships and good wine, wears out as it gets older and, thus, requires more maintenance. Outdoor lighting systems are no different. Old systems, whether they are old Outdoor Lighting Perspectives’ or a competitor’s systems, need extra
Old outdoor lighting systems do not help the look of your home
attention and eventually become outdated. If you are the owner of an old outdoor lighting system, chances are it may not be performing as well as it once did. Maybe you have not done much with it over the years. Now, normal wear is beginning to show, and depending on how old it is, you may also be having problems finding the components you need to bring back its old glory.
If you are in this predicament, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City can help. When your outdoor lighting system is old, even as many as 10 – 15 years, you need a company that can help you make decisions regarding what components of your system should be kept and which should be upgraded. As technology has improved over the past few years, outdoor lighting systems have become more energy-efficient and, as a result, easier on the environment. LED outdoor lighting has become the best option available to homeowners because the light emitted is indistinguishable
Bring your home back to life with an upgraded outdoor lighting system
from its halogen counterpart, its bulbs last up to five times longer than halogen, and it burns less electricity. All of these characteristics seem to be great reasons for upgrading to a newer LED system, but it is reasonable for clients to want to stick with their old ones. After all, they invested good money into them. Depending on the system, we can upgrade components of it, if it is not too old. Occasionally however, it is best to replace the entire system. It is typically unwise to upgrade fixtures but reuse wiring. Connections and splices in wiring are vulnerable and typically are the first place failures occur. These failures can result in fires.
Some old outdoor lighting systems use incandescent bulbs, and while you may be able to continue maintaining this type of system a little while longer, you really do not have much time. The USA is phasing out incandescent bulbs since they are not energy-efficient. Incandescent bulbs will, technically, remain available until 2014 (less than a year from now), but as we get closer, the supply is dwindling. Burned out bulbs will be harder and harder to replace. Unfortunately, the manufacturers of incandescent systems did not design them so they can be upgraded to halogen or LED bulbs. With the bulb supply running low, time is running out. Now is the best time to replace this type of old system before you sink any more money into maintenance.
No matter what kind of outdoor lighting system you own, our approach to upgrades and replacements is similar to our approach for designing new systems – we assess and decide what is best for your property. If you own an old system, are experiencing issues, or are worried that you won’t be able to acquire replacement parts in the future, give us a call today. System revamps and replacements can also be an excellent opportunities to reposition lights. Your trees grow, and additions are made to your architecture, making an old system out-of-date in an aesthetic way. Not only can a revamp or replacement by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City make your 2014 easier, but it can also make your property shine in a way it hasn’t in years.
John Bruce, Owner
Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City