Landscape lighting is a great way to improve the appearance of your home and property. But what happens when one or more of the lights go out? Here are some landscape lighting repair tips for lighting problems.
Landscape lighting is a great way to improve the appearance of your home and property. But what happens when one or more of the lights go out?
Lighting, in general, has become an integral part of modern life. Whether it’s for safety reasons or simply for improving aesthetics, we rely heavily on light fixtures in our homes and at work. One type of fixture that many people don’t think about until they experience a problem is landscape lighting–the string of lights usually attached to trees around the exterior perimeter of your house. If you’re experiencing any issues with these fixtures, here are some steps you can take to get them up and running again quickly!
The first thing you should do is check your fuse box. If any of the fuses are blown, you’ll need to replace them with new ones before trying to fix anything else. If all of the fuses are still good, proceed to step 2.
You can check to see if there’s power at the fixture by taking out one of the light bulbs and making sure that it glows when you screw it back into the socket. If the bulb doesn’t glow when put back in place, then you have a wire disconnected somewhere between the fuse box and this particular light fixture. Fortunately, troubleshooting electric problems has never been easier since manufacturers include a “wire map” on the back of each light fixture. You’ll simply need to follow this wire map until you figure out which wire isn’t working.’
If one or more of the wires has come loose, simply take some electrical tape and wrap any exposed metal parts before inserting it back into its respective plug or screw terminal. If there is no exposed metal, you’ll need to splice the broken wire and insert it into a new plug end using pliers, simply cut off the old plug and attach the two ends together and then cover with an appropriate amount of electrical tape for safety’s sake. Then, insert into the plug or screw terminal. You can then cut away any excess wire, and attach the light fixture back to the tree.
If you’ve tried all of these steps, but your lights still won’t work, it could be time to call in a professional landscape lighting repair business. The problem is likely electrical wiring damage that cannot be fixed by an amateur who isn’t knowledgeable in safe electrical procedures. Remember, it’s not worth losing your home or your life over saving a little money on repairs that should have been done right the first time around! That said, hiring a professional doesn’t always mean that it will cost more than doing it yourself.
With a little know-how, you should be able to easily repair common landscape lighting problems yourself! Remember to always use caution when working with electricity and follow manufacturer specifications about power surges/lamps for each light fixture.