Addressing 6 Common Challenges in Outdoor Landscape Lighting

        With all of the hard work that goes into designing, creating, and installing an outdoor landscape lighting system, sitting back to enjoy it at night makes the entire process worthwhile. But sometimes things can go wrong. Lights are too dim or worse, will not turn on at all.

        Although not all outdoor landscape lighting systems are identical, there are some common issues. This blog post will share six common issues for outdoor landscape lighting systems and their solutions to ensure a bright, functioning outdoor environment.

6 Solutions for Common Lighting Issues 

        Be sure to regularly check the outdoor landscape lighting system for any issues. Catching these issues early can prevent further harm from occurring and keeping the outdoor landscape lighting system operational.

  1. Burnt Out Bulbs
    1. Fortunately this issue is easy to spot and usually easy to fix. If the bulb isn’t providing enough light or no light at all, and everything else is okay, then switching out the bulb for a new one should fix the problem. One thing to note is the frequency of getting burnt out bulbs. If it is happening too often, especially with LED bulbs, check for more significant problems.
  2. Corrosion
    1. Oftentimes corrosion of wires and sockets of the outdoor light fixtures are only noticeable if the light is not working properly. Water exposure can cause corrosion. To help prevent corrosion, check lights regularly to ensure proper functionality, choose watertight outdoor light fixtures, apply anti-corrosion compounds to protect against moisture, and clean or replace corroded parts as soon as possible.
  3. Problems with the Transformer  
    1. The transformer is how the outdoor lights are powered. If the lights aren’t working properly, ensure that the transformer is plugged in and is receiving power.  Look for any trips, burnt wires, or melted plastic. If the transformer keeps tripping, check for faulty wires. Try resetting the breaker and GFCI outlet. If nothing works, replacing the transformer may be necessary.
  4. Damage to the Line
    1. Regularly check the outdoor landscape lighting system for any cuts, breaks, or loose connections along the line. These happen through accidental gardening or from animal interference. Tighten any loose connections. Replacement of wire may be necessary and done only by professionals.
  5. Inferior Connections
    1. Connections that become loose or are no longer working are quite common. They can become loose through water, exposure to harsh weather, bad installation, or using the wrong type of connector. To prevent loose connections, be sure to use waterproof connectors and outdoor light fixtures, follow proper installation procedures, and tighten any loose connections. If not, damage to the system or bodily harm could occur.
  6. Poor Quality Components
    1. When investing in an outdoor landscape lighting system, choose high-quality components. Fixtures made from brass and with a high IP rating help to ensure that the light fixture will be durable and long lasting. Having high-quality components also helps to save time and money as they won’t need to be repaired or replaced as often as cheaper quality components.
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        Knowing how to fix these six common issues will ensure that an outdoor landscape lighting system operates at optimum efficiency and can be enjoyed for years to come.

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