Solutions to Top Outdoor Lighting Problems

Exterior of home at night with led landscape lighting

There are some amazing things you can do with today’s outdoor lights. You can use them to illuminate walkways, accent planters, and highlight landscaping. They can also allow you to use your patio, pool, and deck after the sun goes down.

But as useful as outdoor lights can be, they can encounter problems from time to time.

Bug Infestations of Light Fixtures

Some types of insects aren’t bad. They can often help soil, stimulate plant growth, and eat other pests. However, they can also cause damage to your outdoor electronics. For instance, certain types of fire ants are known to build nests near transformers and other fixtures.

Research into different types of light and bulbs shows that certain ones can not only attract ants, but they can also affect their personalities and could lead to even greater damage to your equipment.

It’s a good idea to bring in an exterminator before getting a lighting system installed. They can help you eliminate your current pest problems and can also provide advice on how to mitigate future infestations.

Poorly-Designed Light Connections

A bad connection can cause all sorts of problems, which is why equipment should be looked at carefully before installation. Some connections are made by simply poking holes into the wire, called a pierce-point. This can make them especially vulnerable to water contamination, which could cause damage to your entire set-up. The first step to avoiding this problem is making sure that your lighting system is installed by a professional. If it was not, or your system is experiencing problems due to age, it’s a good idea to consult with a licensed electrician.

Light Bulb Problems

Many a Christmas tree decorator has said all sorts of un-Christmas-y words when the string of lights they’ve just put up fails to turn on. With some brands, if one bulb goes out, the whole string will go out. This problem can also occur with outdoor lighting fixtures.

Some lighting manufacturers are trying to go beyond this daisy chain layout so that only the burnt out bulb will go out. This makes it easier to find the damaged bulb and replace it, rather than the whole string.

Solutions to this problem can include hardware such as a multi-tap transformer that’s able to handle different voltages or a surge protector. There are also advantages to working with a professional lighting company that’s familiar with electrical loads and voltage, rather than installing the lighting system yourself.

Generally, regular maintenance and inspection of your lighting system from an established lighting professional is a great way to get issues taken care of before they get worse.

Homeowners who are interested in getting a customized outdoor lighting system professionally installed are encouraged to contact Enhanced Outdoor Lighting and Design.  A professional landscape lighting designer will provide a free estimate and go over the best options to suit your property and style.