Are your landscape lights burning out often? Are you tired of investing in new bulbs? Reliable landscape lighting illuminates your outdoor space and keeps out intruders. Thus, if your backyard is dark almost every night due to blown bulbs, it may be time to resolve the problem. Various issues can cause your bulbs to burn out often. Below are the leading causes and what you can do about them.
Damaged Electrical Wiring
Outdoor electrical wiring can be at risk of damage due to exposure to the elements. Moisture increases electrical current inside the circuit, leading to short-circuiting. A short circuit blows the fuse along with your lighting. Another cause of damage to wiring is pests. If you have a rodent infestation in your home, you may experience damage to your wiring. Rodents can chew at the insulation and expose the wires inside. If the wires get wet, they can short circuit. Thus, you should check your outdoor wiring for any damage and replace old or worn wiring.
Improper Lighting Installation
DIY installation of landscaping lights may be the root of your problems. When undertaking DIY lighting work, most people ignore issues such as proper wiring and circuit overload. This increases the risk of daisy chain wiring. This is a wiring system where one connects multiple power fixtures to the same circuit. For example, you could connect an outdoor power strip to another power strip that draws current from a circuit inside the house.
For every connection you make, you overload the circuit and draw more voltage than the circuit can handle. Thus, you may notice that some bulbs are brighter than others. This setup can cause an overload, which can blow all your outdoor bulbs. If you installed your outdoor lights without professional help, contact an electrician. They will rewire the lighting system to avoid a circuit overload.
Some outdoor lighting fixtures are of poor quality. They have inadequate waterproofing features and may not be able to withstand the elements. Such bulbs may go out regularly and cost you a lot of money in multiple replacements. As you buy outdoor lights, look for high-quality ones. Some can withstand rain, hail, and solar radiation, while others have little tolerance to the elements. If the bulbs are out in the open, they should have a robust structure. Seek expert advice if you're not sure of the best brands in the market.
Overloaded Circuit Breaker
If you have quality bulbs and a sound wiring system, the next thing to check is your breaker panel. There's a chance you have overloaded the circuit providing power to your landscape lights. This often happens if you use one circuit for all outdoor electrical tasks, such as operating power tools, security lighting, and accent lighting. To avoid an overload, you need a dedicated circuit for outdoor lighting use only.
Contact an electrician to get a diagnosis and professional lighting repair services.