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Troubleshooting Tips for Your Louisville Outdoor Lighting System

Are your Louisville outdoor lights leaving you in the dark? Many times when there is an issue with a professional outdoor lighting system it can seem to be a large problem with the transformer, but it is unusual for transformers to go bad. Often we come out to a house and find a breaker tripped or a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) needs resetting. This can happen during an electrical storm when a surge goes through your home. It can also happen during flooding rains.

The GFCI is sensitive to electrical surges and water purposefully to protect people from electrocution and protect items being powered from damaging surges. While we always advise you call us for all of your Louisville outdoor lighting maintenance needs, there are a few things you can do to make sure there is not a simple underlying cause for the lights not working. By checking a few items first, you can save time and get your lights back on sooner.

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First, check the breaker in the transformer. Make sure it is in the ON position.

If the switch is ON, check the voltage at all of the voltage taps inside the transformer.

Electrical outletStill no power? Check to see if there is power at the receptacle the transformer is plugged into. If there is no power at the receptacle, you need to check and see if your transformer is ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) protected. You’ll know because you will see a “reset” button. Push the reset button. If it won’t reset then you’ll know there is no power going to that outlet. Check the breakers in your electrical panel for one that tripped.

If there IS power at the receptacle, no power at the voltage taps and the breaker in your electrical panel is ON; then you know you have an issue with the transformer itself. Time to call Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Louisville for a maintenance check and repair. If you’re having an issue with your lights and you’ve checked your breakers, call today, we’ll be happy to come out and check your entire system to find the issue. (502) 237-5178