With winter soon to arrive, it’s important to make sure that your outdoor lighting is ready to go for the season. We wrote in October about how to get your exterior lights ready for cold weather, and hopefully your outside fixtures are shining brightly after you followed our tips. However, if that’s not the case, you may be trying to troubleshoot your landscape lighting problems, and you might not be having much success. At Lighting One of Cincinnati, we’re always here to help customers find the right fixtures for their home and the right advice when it comes to their lights.
Always Stay Safe
Before we begin, however, we must note that when dealing with exterior lighting, it’s important to always stay safe. If you’re not familiar with how wiring works or you’re not sure how your fixtures are connected, it can be a good idea to contract an electrician to handle the issue. Any time electricity is involved, there is a risk of shock (or worse), and we want everyone to be safe at all times.
That being said, there are ways to check your outdoor lights without messing with the wiring, and when you call that electrician, you can precisely describe what the problem is.
Common Landscape Lighting Issues
There are a number of issues that can plague your landscape lights, and these are a few of the most common:
- Fixture has moisture inside of it – This happens when a ring or gasket is worn out or missing. If a fixture’s housing is designed to keep water out, make sure the protective elements are still in place and that they’re in good shape. If the fixture is meant to drain after it rains or snows, make sure the drainage holes aren’t blocked.
- Fixture won’t light – This one can be fairly easy to fix, and it’s often a case of a broken filament or the bulb not fitting properly in the socket. The light may have been bumped when you were shoveling snow. With dedicated in-ground fixtures, make sure that the connecting pins haven’t become bent or damaged.
- Fixture is always dim – When this happens, it can be an issue of not enough power reaching the light. The voltage drop may not be accurate, which means that not enough electricity is reaching the fixture. This would be a case where contacting an electrician is a good idea.
- Circuit breaker keeps tripping – If, when you turn on your outdoor lights, the circuit breaker trips, there could be an issue with your transformer. If the lights are hard-wired into your home’s system, it’s important to make sure that you’re not exceeding the transformer’s rated wattage. If you are, there are going to be problems every time you turn on the porch light.
You rely on your outdoor and landscape lighting all year round, and fixing them in the middle of winter is something that no homeowner wants to do. If you’re looking for new exterior lights this year, Lighting One of Cincinnati can help you find the best options. If you have the lights you want, but they’re not working how they’re supposed to, hopefully the tips in this blog will help. We want every customer to be able to enjoy their outside lights, no matter what time of year it is.
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