Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Outdoor Lighting Safety

When it comes to your outdoor lighting fixtures, as long they turn on when you flip the switch you don’t have to worry about them, right? Wrong. While they’re great for setting the mood and adding extra visibility to your yard, if you don’t maintain them once in awhile they could soon turn into your worst nightmare.

Like lots of things around your home, we tend to set it and forget it when it comes to exterior lighting. Sure, we might have to change a bulb from time-to-time but that’s as far as most homeowners go. But little do they know that too much neglect can lead to some serious safety hazards. Here’s what you can do to keep your yard lit without the risk of danger:
  • Be careful what you clean with. Lots of commercial cleaners contain harmful chemicals that can eat away at the finish on the fixture. All you need is some warm water and dish detergent to get rid of dirt and grime.
  • Even though they’re meant for the outdoors, they can rust as a result of moisture. To get rid of it, mix a bit of water and white vinegar and rub with a soft cloth.
  • Choosing the right bulb is key. LEDs are less likely to attract insects and tend to last longer than incandescents.
  • Keep fixtures off the grass. Your landscapers will surely thank you especially when it comes to mowing the lawn. Place them in flower beds or attach them to the deck instead.

GEN3 Electric has been servicing the electrical needs of the Philadelphia metro area for three generations so you know you can count on us! We’d love to help with your exterior lighting project so give us a call today at 215-512-4102.

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