Repairing a landscape lighting system can be a headache for homeowners, from the time it takes to address the issue to the costs that are involved. What many homeowners don’t realize, though, is that common landscape lighting repairs can be avoided altogether — with the right products, installation methods and continuous care.
Let’s take a look at three reasons for landscape lighting repair that fall under this umbrella.
1. Corroded Wire Connections
The ground is naturally a hostile environment for landscape lighting wire connections. While the wires themselves need to be durable, it’s just as important that the connections follow suit. Moisture is most likely to enter the system through the connection points — and if it does, the water will become trapped and begin to erode the connection.
Rather than use tape or other quick DIY solutions to prevent corroded wire connections, the better bet is to invest in waterproof connections that are innately built to combat this problem. Designed specifically for low-voltage underground splices, waterproof connectors will (when properly installed) keep moisture out and avoid short circuits within landscape lighting systems.
2. Fixture Damage From Environmental Stress
From heavy rain showers to extreme heat, landscape lighting fixtures are at the mercy of the harshest weather conditions, and it’s often the case that they are ill-prepared to handle them. Whereas broken seals can cause water to leak inside the fixture during rainstorms, overheating can damage and decrease the life span of fixtures that don’t meet temperature requirements.
The solution to this issue begins with the right products. The more exposure a landscape light fixture has to the elements, the higher its rating should be — with labels like “weather-resistant” or “weatherproof.” For instance, a light that is under a pergola should be able to handle “damp conditions,” while an uncovered fixture in the grass needs to be able to handle “wet conditions.”
While proper installation techniques help to keep fixtures firmly planted in the ground, it’s also important to take inventory of fixtures on a regular basis. Check to see if any fixtures are out of place and readjust them as needed to preserve the integrity of their design and your aesthetics.
3. Loose Transformer Connections
The transformer functions as the power center of a landscape lighting system, delivering a safe voltage to each light fixture through wire connections. When connections within the transformer become loose, lights can fail to function properly. But that’s not where the issue ends — electricity can jump between the loose connections and generate heat that melts connections and can, in extreme cases, cause fires.
All wire connections within a transformer should be reliable and secure, with physical tests performed by the installer to ensure this. As part of a routine servicing of the transformer, connections should be checked and tightened as needed to maintain system performance and prevent costly repairs down the road.
Don’t let landscape lighting repair weigh you down. With high-quality products, the optimal installation techniques and best practices to share on routine maintenance, Green Impressions will make sure you get the most from your investment, without all the headaches and added expenses. To learn more, contact us today for a free consultation.