Is Your Outdoor Lighting System In Need Of A Tune-Up?


Is your outdoor lighting system in need of a tune-up? As the season gets under way and you start spending more time outdoors, enjoying your outdoor lighting system becomes more and more important.  As you are entertaining and spending more time on the patio, having your outdoor lighting system performing safely, consistently, and at its best is a must. Even though you may have a high quality system, outdoor lighting systems need to be inspected and serviced routinely. We recommend biannual visits to ensure that your system remains in good working condition. Insects and ants can infiltrate you lights and transformers causing major problems to your electrical system costing you big money to repair and most of the time will not be covered under any manufacturer’s warranty.

Older lighting systems are even more in need of a maintenance plan to ensure the seals on your fixtures have dry rotted and connections are still in tact. Also with older Halogen systems, heat can play a major role in the safety of your home and landscape due to Halogen lamps burning at such a high temperature. If leaves, mulch, pine needles, or debris build up in or around your lighting fixtures, you have a recipe for a real fire hazard.

Take the necessary steps to ensure your outdoor lighting system is running at its best by enrolling in one of our lighting maintenance packages. Think of your HVAC system and who you maintain it. It’s an investment and you want to maximize its life expectancy while enjoying it. Unlike the home, your landscape evolves and needs adjustments. Shrubs and trees grow and need to be pruned and relocated from time to time to ensure proper light output.  Our maintenance plans address all of your lighting concerns and needs in a way that will give you a peace of mind knowing that your outdoor lighting investment will be around for years to come.  Most plans will include discounts on materials and labor, preferred scheduling, free service visit, and extended warranties.

We will go over your lighting system with a fine tooth comb, checking connections, taking volt & amp readings, re-aim fixtures, etc. to ensure your systems looks as if it were installed yesterday.

Maintaining Your System

Expert installation is the first and most important step in creating a great landscape lighting system. However, lighting maintenance is just as important. It helps to protect your investment and keep your low-voltage landscape lighting system running like new.

The low-voltage lamps we install typically have an average life of about 4,000 hours – which is equivalent to 12-18 months of life. However there is no written guarantee from the manufacturer. So, to make sure all of your lights are working properly, we recommend a 100% bulb replacement every 12 months for outdoor lighting systems that are bulbed with halogen lamps due to their short life span. When a lamp burns out, it reduces the voltage draw on the system and causes the others to burn brighter than normal, eventually causing successive burnouts.

Likewise, just as your home, your plants and your irrigation system require maintenance, so too does your outdoor landscape lighting system. As your landscape grows and matures, or if you make changes to your landscape, adjustments to your landscape lighting system may also be required. We offer basic, full, and comprehensive maintenance packages for your lighting systems to handle these issues on a regular, periodic basis.

Why annual service?

  • Worry-free operation of your landscape lighting system
  • Regular incandescent light bulbs have an average lamp life of 8-15 months
  • Dirty fixtures and old bulbs diminish in brightness
  • Failed lamps often go unnoticed
  • Improper replacement of the correct light bulb can result in blown fuses.

What are the advantages of an annual lighting maintenance contract?

Southern Lights Landscape Lighting can make sure that your lighting always looks spectacular and is checked on an ongoing basis to prevent problems. Our busy clients, and those who travel and entertain frequently, tell us that the maintenance contract is worth every penny. Having the security of knowing that your home and landscape are properly lit offers a peace of mind to those that may be worried about break ins or criminal activity. No longer do they have to remember to check their lighting. A maintenance contract eliminates their concerns; it ensures that their new lighting system will perform like new for years! All hassle-free! These services guarantee that your system will always look as good as it did the day it was installed. All lamps replaced under our maintenance contract are guaranteed for one year meaning your Southern Lights lighting system is worry free. Our ten-year warranty on (wire, connections, and transformer) is also extended each year a maintenance agreement is signed. Southern Lights Annual Service Agreement will ensure a year without interruptions and operate at an optimum level throughout the next year.

What is the cost for annual service?

Contact us for a FREE quote on maintaining your outdoor landscape lighting system today. Located in Summerfield, NC Southern Lights- Architectural and Landscape Lighting serves properties and property management companies throughout the state of NC including Greensboro, Winston-Salem, Raleigh, Charlotte, High Point, Jamestown, Burlington, Reidsville, Oak Ridge,  Brown Summit, etc.

Southern Lights has installed hundreds of outdoor landscape lighting systems and carries more certifications than anyone in the state. With attention to detail and a solid knowledge of design, Southern Lights is the leading outdoor landscape lighting firm in the state of NC. See why our clients choose us.  Contact us today by web (online form) or phone 336-451-4969.

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