Repair or replacements: Make the right revamping choice for your landscape lighting
This article takes you through a few vital guidelines to help you decide whether you could continue with mild repairs or have a complete replacement
Repair Vs. Replacements: Guidelines to revamp your landscape lightings
Have you been postponing your night parties because your landscape lights have lost their luster? Or are you worried about your landscape lightings that are not working or wires are dangling out? Those lightings that were your pride once have lost their charm over the years and need a serious renovation. What if the revamping cost you a fortune? According to top landscape designers, not all landscape lighting needs extreme cases like replacements. A slight and timely repair is all you would need if you follow a certain set of guidelines. This article takes you through a few vital guidelines to help you decide whether you should continue with mild repairs or have a complete replacement until you regain your landscape’s lost grace.
When should you consider a repair or replacement of your landscape lighting?
Take a walk through your garden landscape and check for lighting faults. Make a note of the following common landscape lighting issues for a more detailed introspection.
Check if the fixtures are worth continuing.
Lighting fixtures are the most common aspects that lose their charm as days pass by. If you had fixed quality components like copper or brass fixtures for your landscaping lightings, then a few repairs like polishing or cleaning up can do most of the repairs. If you had opted for low-quality plastic or aluminum fixtures, years of exposure to extreme sunlight, rain, or harsh winds, make it essential to be replaced. The components made of plastics and aluminum have low durability and are advised to be replaced as they fail to protect light bulbs in the long run.
Replace the low-quality fixtures with good quality materials that can withstand nature’s fury and protect the lightings from water seepage and insect nesting. It is found that unsuitable fixtures are the main reasons sockets rot and insects wriggle inside to make nests. This ultimately leads to the filling up of the fixtures with dust and blocking the light ways.
Check your electrical connections.
Connections are the major reasons why landscape lightings demand urgent repairs. This is probably easy to detect when a few of the lights stop working due to lost connectivity with the main power supply. Since most of the landscape lighting has their connectivity underground, these problems are sure to come up. The connector and wires are usually not designed to withstand moisture and dirt.
Check if the electrical points or wires are corroded or not. If yes, then it needs to be urgently replaced. Similarly, the pierce point connections also loosen at times leading to disrupted connectivity. Ensure that these defective accessories are replaced with waterproof and heat shrink materials that keep corrosion in check.
Check for loose connections in the transformers.
Professional electricians check for loose connections at transformers periodically, as these tend to loosen up because of frequent switching on and off of lights. You can check for these faults yourselves by taking a screwdriver and tightening the terminal block screws regularly. Ensure that you disconnect the main lines to avoid untoward incidents every time you work with a power source.
However, at times, loose connections can cause arcing that lets in enormous current to pass through. This may lead to heating and melting of the connections, ultimately leading to unwarranted fire accidents. In these cases, the transformers need to be replaced instead of repaired.