Being in the business for over 5 years, we have seen many outdoor lighting situations in need of service. We not only service our own Outdoor Lighting Perspectives systems but other systems as well. Last week proved to be a very educational week for us. We were called to service two systems that were in dire need of some professional outdoor lighting work and we know these are not the only two unique situations in the Wilmington area.
The first job was one for the record books. While it was logical for the home owner, it was one that we will never forget. We had installed an outdoor lighting system for this family a few years back. As with most systems, small adjustments are needed as the years pass. What we came across was a well
light, carefully place to highlight the side of the homeowner’s house, but also was in direct position of rain water falling into the light, off the roof during the stormy season. Well lights can collect water and other matter because of the formation of the light. This homeowner came up with a solution to the problem we would not suggest. A plastic bag was placed over the well light itself to keep water from accumulating on the bulb. While this may keep the water out, it is also highly possible for the plastic bag to ignite from the heat buildup. The safer solution to a light collecting anything from rain water to insects is one of our corrosion-resistant lens cover. Lens covers keep debris, insects and water off your well lights and are crafted with cast metal frames and tempered glass lenses that do not distract from the light output. We are happy to install these covers for you to safely protect your investment.
Our second service call of the week led us to the entrance of a Wilmington neighborhood where the landscaping had grown over the years. Although we didn’t install the initial system, we certainly had a plan to fix the problems they have encountered. When the initial system was installed, I’m sure it looked nice with the newly planted landscape. What happens over the years is that the outdoor lighting needs to be adjusted for the growth of the surrounding
landscape. Because of this growth, the spot light was no longer lighting the sign to the entrance of the neighborhood. The HOA had actually taken the light out of the ground and secured it, upside down, on a temporary post. Not only was the steak to the light pointing upwards, the wiring was also uprooted from the ground in order for the light to shine correctly. We were able to offer the neighborhood one of our newest LED lights called the stick light. Our stick light is a copper flood/spot light that can fit into spaces other lights cannot. It is not only small and inconspicuous but it is also adjustable to shine wherever the light needs to be. And, because it is an LED light, it gives the neighborhood energy savings it did not have with their previous light.
These are just two examples of the types of outdoor lighting we come into contact with our service work. We know there are many more out there that we can help. If you have a situation that is in need of a professional solution, give us a call. We are happy to help get your outdoor lighting system looking as good as the day it was installed. We can even offer an Annual Maintenance Plan where we will come out yearly, replace all halogen light bulbs, trim the landscape where it is blocking your outdoor lighting, rebury any wire and straighten the fixtures. We’ll also inspect your transformer and timer to be sure it is in perfect working condition. All of this is done on a yearly basis so you don’t have to come up with solutions that include plastic bags or zip ties. Give us a call today at (910) 342 – 0040.