Here we have an interesting shot that one of our service tech's managed to snap while on the job this week. This is an up light that is completely covered by an angry fire-ant nest! It inspired this post about how important a regular maintenance program on your landscape lighting system is. How do you clean this mess up, you ask? Simple...
Proper maintenance should not just consist of changing lamps that have burned out. A solid maintenance program consists of cleaning the fixtures and lenses, selectively pruning the vegetation around the fixture to allow for maximum beam-spread, re-aiming necessary fixtures and the adjusting the shielding of the fixtures so that the source of light can be hidden as much as possible.
Sometimes maintenance even goes a little bit beyond the standard practices, such as this predicament. In South Carolina, fire-ants are very prevalent and are not know for their personalities. They deliver what can be a very painful bite, but that's a different story. When a mound is built up like this around a fixture it can cause a great deal of damage to the fixture, the socket, and the bulb. The best way to treat this is to clean away from the fixture as much as possible without disturbing the nest and spread a granular fire repellent onto the mound. It usually takes a few hours to kick in and take care of the nest. After that, it's safe to go ahead and complete the service and clean up around the fixture and get everything back to normal!
Hopefully that little maintenance tip helps! if your landscape lighting can benefit from a maintenance package, contact Moonlighting today. We have custom maintenance proposals that accommodate your landscape lighting systems! Be sure to check us out on Facebook, Twitter and most recently Houzz!
Would you ever have guessed that there's a light hiding in there?
There it is!