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Part of being a homeowner in Canada is having to deal with freezing temperatures and a lot of snowfall. Because of this, there are winter maintenance tasks that you must complete to ensure your house stays in excellent condition. Outdoor lighting is one part of your home that needs special attention during the wintertime. Here are some tips for maintaining outdoor lights when it is cold out so that your lights look bright and new all season long.

Clean Lenses

The glass on exterior light fixtures accumulates dust, dirt, and debris, which can dim its illumination. A cloth damp with CLR can clean the lenses easily, and you will notice immediately how much brighter your lights can shine.

Check for Exposed Wiring

Before temperatures hit below zero, check that there are no exposed wires on the ground. Call a professional if you do see exposed wiring. Unless you have expert electrical training, it could be dangerous trying to fix exposed wiring yourself.

Adjust As Necessary

Make sure your outdoor lights provide the right amount of lighting for your home and landscape. Check that your fixtures are appropriately aligned as they can become crooked from cold weather elements like the wind or heavy precipitation. Take a few minutes now and then to ensure your light fixtures are pointed the right way and in the right spot.

Check Bulbs

Light bulb life expectancy tends to decrease quickly whenever extreme weather presents itself. Take a look around the perimeter of your home for broken, dim, or dead light bulbs. It is better to do this before it gets too cold out so that it is less of a hassle to replace them. Keep extra light bulbs on hand so that you do not have to go to the hardware store each time a bulb goes out.

Check for Moisture Issues

Wet weather is notorious for causing problems with outdoor lighting system outlets. If you find that your outlets outdoors are not working as well as they used to, try pressing the reset button and make sure the cover is closed. If that does not work, you will need to call an electrical professional to see what is wrong and fix the issue for you.


If you need help with your outdoor lights, call XVan Electric Inc. We specialize in commercial, industrial, and residential lighting maintenance backed by years of experience. As a fully licensed electrical company, we service the Vancouver and Lower Mainland areas with reliable, fast, and quality workmanship.