Common problems with outdoor lighting
The average life span of a light bulb varies depending on what kind you use, but it can range from 2,500 hours to 15,000 hours under normal operating conditions. Other parts, such as the fuse, are rated to last longer, but their life span can be shortened by events such as power surges.
What are some common parts that get replaced in floodlights?
- Floodlight head—This is the piece that the light bulb is housed in. It is bowl-shaped with either clips or thread on the open end for a lens to attach to.
- Light bulb—There are three types of bulbs available for floodlights. CFL, or compact fluorescent light bulbs, are the most common type used and the most efficient. Halogen light bulbs produce much more illumination but tend to convert more energy to heat than light. LED, or light-emitting diode, is an extremely long-lasting (ranging from 25,000 to 100,000 hours) and efficient light source but tends to be costlier than the other choices available.
- Globe and lens—The globe is the part that fits around the bulb inside the head. It is made of a reflective material to enhance the illumination given off by the light bulb. Its concave shape helps aim the light. The lens fits over the globe and secures to the head. It is made either of clear or colored plastic or glass and provides protection for the parts inside.
- Stake—This is the piece of plastic that sticks into the ground and props up the floodlight.
- Fuse—The amps in floodlights are rated for low power (generally about one amp) and will blow out from any power surges or short circuits, thereby protecting the rest of the unit.
How to maintain your lights
Once you've replaced your parts, it's important to keep up with maintenance so that you can prolong their value. A couple of maintenance steps you should take include:
- Making sure your lights are still secure, especially after storms or windy days. You may need to tighten or replace some fasteners.
- Checking your cables every so often. Outdoor cables can get moved around by wind, and this can lead to damage. Make sure your cables are secured and that they do not have any holes, tears, or breaks.
- Cleaning your lights frequently. Built-up dirt can cause lights to get too hot, which can lead to fires.
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