The kids are back in school, football season has kicked off and it’s getting cooler in metro Richmond. That means early darkness is just around the corner. At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives, we tout the importance of proactive maintenance and service on all professional landscape lighting systems. While we encourage clients to make note of and contact us regarding any issues with their lighting systems all year round, fall is a good time to go outside and really take a look. Just a few minutes now will ensure you aren’t going home to a dark house during the winter months.
The easiest aspect of lighting to notice is if there are bulbs that are out or have dimmed. While it’s normal for bulbs to lose some output over time, there should always be an even wash of light that effectively illuminates the façade, traveled pathways and landscaping around your property. If not, they may need to be replaced.
With fall comes falling leaves and it’s best to keep dead leaves away from light sources (although our lights burn cool). If your outdoor lighting system includes up lighting, check to see if you are in need of lens covers. Lens covers sit on top of the fixture lid and keep away any debris that may fall into the light fixture.
It’s normal for some wire to become exposed sometime after installation. If you’re noticing it now, however, it’s best to have your outdoor lighting company come back to the property and rebury it. If it is left alone, it can become worse with fall maintenance like rakes going over the property and further pulling at it.
During your nighttime walk through of your system, you may notice areas that would be night to have lit for the future. We find that traveled paths, walkways, steps and entrances are all important areas to effectively illuminate. Just a few lights will increase the safety and security of your property.
Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Richmond is a full service landscape and architectural lighting company. We’re here to help our clients will all of their lighting needs, from design to installation to maintenance and service. If you need help with your system, please do not hesitate to reach out.