With the widespread adoption of LED lamps, bulbs are not being replaced  every year or two which is great for  energy savings. However, replacing the old halogen bulbs provided the opportunity to inspect the fixtures and wire regularly.

Continue reading to see our outdoor lighting maintenance checklist!


Regular maintenance of your outdoor lighting system not only ensures its longevity but also enhances the safety  and aesthetics of your outdoor spaces. Landscape lighting systems should be reviewed by a professional every two  years for preventive maintenance,  routine adjustments, and  potential improvements.

Check For Damage

When placing lighting in tree fixtures,  we adjust the fixture and wire to prevent  the seasonal growth of the tree from  damaging the fixture and wire. Damaged or exposed wiring can be a safety hazard.  Regular inspections help identify issues early, allowing for timely repairs or replacements to maintain a safe  lighting system.


Adjust Fixture Positions

Proper positioning of fixtures is vital to achieve your desired lighting effects. Regularly assess if fixtures need repositioning to highlight specific areas  or architectural features effectively.


Clean and  Treat Fixtures

Metal fixtures can corrode over time. Cleaning and applying protective coatings, such as paint or sealant, as needed,  can extend their lifespan and maintain  their appearance. If you have solar-powered lights, clean solar panels to maximize  energy absorption. Dirty panels can reduce the efficiency of your solar lights.


Don’t Forget  The Lenses

Regular cleaning is essential to maintain optimal light output. Dirt, cobwebs, and debris can block light and reduce visibility. Cleaning the glass or plastic lenses ensures the quality of the light is not compromised.


Trim Surrounding Foilage

Overgrown shrubs and perennials can obstruct light paths and create shadows. Regularly trim plants and trees to maintain the intended lighting effects and prevent safety hazards.


Replace Bulbs

Burned-out or dimming bulbs should be replaced promptly to maintain consistent lighting levels. Energy-efficient LED bulbs reduce the frequency of replacements and save on energy costs, but that doesn’t mean they never need to be replaced either.


Review and Update Lighting Plan

As you live in and use your outdoor spaces, experience lighting from the inside out,  and approach your home at night, it is common to add or adjust fixture locations  to continuously enhance the look and feel and add interest, safety, and comfort in  the evenings


For expert support regarding your outdoor lighting maintenance or any inquiries related to lighting, turn to American Gardens for all your landscaping requirements. Our dedicated design  team meticulously crafts each landscape plan, taking into account the unique characteristics of your property and your specific requirements. We're committed to assisting you in cultivating and sustaining the ideal outdoor lighting atmosphere.