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Taking Care of Your Outdoor Decorative Lights

Outdoor decorative lights are excellent installations that can help to improve the appeal and ambience of your yard, patio or garden. However, failing to install them properly or conduct regular maintenance will surely result to a myriad of problems like a shorter service life or even turn to a fire hazard. If you want to keep your outdoor space well-lit and safe, here are some maintenance tips you’ll want to keep in mind.

Safe and Proper Cleaning. There are many different cleaners that are available that you can use to clean your garden lights, lamps or sconces. As much as possible, try to avoid using cleaning agents that contain harsh chemicals that can erode or remove the special coatings and finishes of the lighting fixture. Instead, use a mild detergent and a rage to gently wipe the dirt and grime away. Be sure to dry them well with another rag.

Maintain the Finish. Many of today’s outdoor decorative lights are designed to be weatherproof, and one way that this is achieved is through the use of finishes. Thus, in order to preserve your outdoor lighting fixtures, avoid doing anything that can remove their original finish like using abrasive cleaning materials.

Use the Right Light Bulbs. It is important to use the right light bulbs for your outdoor decorative lights since using the wrong light bulb will result to the lighting fixture not working properly or worse, start a fire. If you are not sure what type of light bulb to use, consult with a professional or lighting expert.

Determine If Your Lighting System’s Voltage Requirements. Different decorative lights will have different voltage requirements. Thus, it is important that you read the labels or manual that comes with the lighting system. If the voltage is very low, the lighting fixture may not work properly. On the other hand, if the voltage is too high, the system might become overloaded and start a fire. Talk to a licensed electrician or lighting system installer to determine the voltage requirements of your chosen outdoor lighting system.

Keep Them Off the Grass. For obvious reasons, avoid putting lighting systems and wirings on the grass. Aside from being a potential fire hazard, putting decorative lights directly on the ground makes it hard to mow around them. There are lighting systems which can be installed directly on dirt, but this will require the expertise of a licensed electrician to install properly and safely.

If you are looking for safe and top of the line decorative lights for your outdoor spaces, please feel free to get in touch with us through (02) 9604 8222. You can also visit our showroom Mondays to Saturdays or talk with any of the distributors mentioned in our contact page.