Winter: The Best Time for Landscape Lighting Installation

A beautiful house with a outdoor lighting systems

Landscape lighting can turn your outdoor space into a stunning and relaxing area, especially after the sun has set. Good outdoor lighting installation requires skill, experience, and a keen sense of design. Therefore, it is essential to hire a professional to install outdoor lighting. It helps to do this during the ideal time—winter. Austex Sprinklers has seasoned technicians who can help you select impressive landscape lighting fixtures to make your home stand out and increase curb appeal.

Winter is the best time to install outdoor lighting fixtures. Here’s why:

1. Plants are in deep slumber

Installing outdoor lights can go much more smoothly when there are dormant plants and trees. You also won’t need to be concerned about intruding on brand-new plants. Once your plants come back to life in the spring, you can arrange and adjust lights to make sure they are focused correctly.

2. Days are shorter and nights are longer

As the days get shorter in wintertime, you stay awake longer when it is dark outside. Therefore, winter is a perfect time of year to get the most use of outdoor lighting.

Along with the benefits of improving your home’s nighttime aesthetics, outdoor lights have other advantages, such as increased safety and security, deterring intruders or unwelcomed guests, and preventing injuries from hazardous slips or falls.

Here are some tips to keep your landscape lights in excellent condition during winter:

1. Replace lightbulbs

Since lights are on longer in the winter, the lifespan of the bulbs may be shorter. Replace the bulbs as soon as you can when one burns out because a low-voltage system only uses a small amount of voltage from each bulb when it is operating. The lifespan of the remaining bulbs is effectively shortened as the neighboring bulbs receive greater voltage. Consider installing

LED lights as they typically last three to ten years and operate better in cold climates.

2. Dim lights

Lowering the brightness of outdoor lights can soften the look of your landscape in the winter, allowing barren branches to appear less harsh. To further soften the look, add frosted glass or adjust the angle of the light so that tree trunks are highlighted rather than the exposed branches.

3. Clean lenses

Bugs, dirt, mineral deposits, and other debris can build up on outdoor lighting fixtures and cause the light to be blocked. To address this, clean the lenses. Turn off the fixture and dampen a cloth to clean the external surface. A non-abrasive moist cloth dipped in a cleaning solution can be used to wipe the lens. LED bulbs produce less heat than halogen bulbs; therefore, you might occasionally need to clean lenses on LED lights after snow or ice fall. Halogen bulbs typically melt ice and snow.

4. Adjust outdoor lighting timers

Remember to set timers accordingly for daylight savings time. Some timers operate from dusk to dawn, while others have a defined beginning and end.

Professional Landscape Lighting Installation with Austex Sprinklers

Call Austex Sprinklers at (512) 721-8564 for expert outdoor lighting installation and maintenance in the Greater Austin Metro Area. Our team of pros will work closely with you to create the ideal nighttime environment for your property.

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