Preparing Your Exterior Lighting for Winter

As winter approaches, it’s essential for businesses to ensure that their commercial exterior lighting is ready to face the challenges of colder temperatures, shorter days, and inclement weather. Well-lit exteriors not only enhance the safety and security of your premises but also can contribute to a welcoming and aesthetically pleasing atmosphere for your customers and employees.

In this blog, we will guide and walk you through the steps to prepare your commercial exterior’s lighting for winter, ensuring it continues to shine brightly even in the harshest conditions.

Inspect & Clean

Begin by conducting a thorough inspection of all your exterior lighting fixtures. Look for any signs of damage, corrosion, or wear and tear. Clean each fixture, removing dirt, debris, and any accumulated grime. Pay close attention to the lenses and covers to ensure they are clear and unobstructed, allowing for maximum light output. 

Check Electrical Components

Examine the wiring, connections, and electrical components of your lighting system. Cold temperatures can exacerbate electrical issues, so it’s crucial to identify and address any potential problems before winter sets in. Tighten loose connections, replace damaged wires, and ensure all components are weatherproofed to prevent damage caused by moisture.

Switch to LED Lighting

Consider upgrading your commercial exterior lighting to energy-efficient LED bulbs. LED lights are not only more environmentally friendly but also perform better in cold weather compared to tradition incandescent or fluorescent bulbs. They are more durable, have a longer lifespan, and provide consistent illumination even in freezing temperatures.

Adjust Timers and Controls

With winter comes shorter days, so it’s essential to adjust the timers and controls of your exterior lighting system accordingly. Ensure that lights are programmed to turn on earlier in the evening and stay on longer through the morning hours to accommodate the extended darkness. Additionally, check the accuracy of your timers and adjust them as needed to maintain optimal lighting conditions.

Install Motion Sensors

To enhance energy efficiency, consider installing motion sensors for areas with less frequent foot traffic. Motion sensors can detect movement and activate lighting only as needed, thereby reducing unnecessary energy consumption. This not only helps save on energy costs but also ensures that your lighting system is operating efficiently during the winter months.

Protect Fixtures from Snow and Ice

Snow and ice can accumulate on lighting fixtures, affecting their performance. It’s important to install snow guards or shields to protect your fixtures from a buildup of snow and ice. This will help maintain clear and unobstructed lighting, ensuring that your exterior remains well-lit and safe for both pedestrians and vehicles.

Schedule Regular Maintenance

Establish a routine maintenance schedule throughout the winter months. By staying proactive with maintenance, you can prevent minor problems from escalating into major issues that could disrupt your exterior lighting during the winter season.

Preparing your commercial exterior lighting for winter is essential and proactive to ensure the safety, security, and aesthetics of your business premises. By following these steps and investing in the proper maintenance (like contacting us) you’ll not only enhance the longevity and efficiency of your lighting system but also create a welcoming and well-lit environment for everyone during the colder months. Illuminate the winter nights with a well-prepared and resilient commercial exterior lighting system.