Fall Leaves + Landscape Lighting = Fire Hazard


Fall is beautiful. The crisp air and the vibrant foliage to indicate a change of season. Football, long nights and family gathering around the fire pit. There are so many reasons to love fall. But, those beautiful fall leaves in combination with your landscape lighting system can create a dangerous fire hazard in your yard that you may not have considered.

Last season, we received a call from a homeowner informing us she needed a repair to her landscape lighting system that had been installed by another company many years prior. Her system had caught fire. She had pulled out of her garage in the morning and noticed smoke coming up from some shrubs in her front yard.


  • Keep the Fixtures Clear of Debris.

During the fall, make a point to check your fixtures, particularly uplights and fixtures mounted on the ground. Clear away pine needles, mulch, leaves and debris. This will not only prevent debris from heating on the fixture, but also keep the desired lighting effect.

A plastic or glass cover will add a layer of protection to your fixture and keep debris from resting directly on the bulb.

  • Switch to LED.

One of the best investments you can make in your lighting system is LED lamps. LED lamps use significantly less energy, last 5 times longer and most importantly from a safety aspect, they burn incredibly cool. An LED lamp never burns warm enough to trap heat and light something on fire.

  • Get Your System Serviced If it Is Not Working Properly.

If you notice a portion of your lighting or your entire system stops working, call a lighting professional and have the system inspected. Sometimes, the issue is simply a tripped circuit or a bulb burned out, but sometimes a non-functioning system is a sign of a potentially dangerous issue. Our lighting technicians have come across many situations where a dog or squirrel has dug up or chewed through live wire and left it exposed above ground. Having the system inspected is worth the peace of mind.

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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