Floodlight Maintenance – Essential Tips For The Winter

Posted on October 19th, 2023

Floodlight Maintenance – Essential Tips For The Winter

As the winter season approaches it is essential to ensure that your outdoor floodlights and floodlight systems are prepared to withstand the harsh weather conditions that the season brings. Your floodlights serve multiple purposes and it is essential to keep them functioning optimally during the winter months. here are some essential floodlight maintenance tips you can follow.

Stadia floodlights in operation during a snowstorm.

Make sure your floodlights are prepared and protected against any unexpected winter weather!

 

Clean The Fixtures

Before winter sets in, make sure that you take the time to clean the floodlight lamps thoroughly, as well as ensure that the fixtures supporting any pivoting systems are well lubricated and protected by the elements. This is a simple but highly effective floodlight maintenance tip. Dust and dirt on the lamp screen can actually block light from shining through making your floodlight less effective at shining down on the area intended to be lit up. There are also special glass anti-frost solutions that can be used as aftercare on the bulb and lamp casing elements to prevent excessive buildup of such elements.

 

Check For Damage

Floodlights can become damaged for a number of reasons and the damage is normally found near to where the bulbs are being housed. The most common cause of damage is cracks that the weather patterns cause to the housing unit and the bulb lights themselves. Hot and cold temperature swings, combined with humidity, condensation and rainwater can cause glass casings to crack, expose the bulbs to water and then these will blow out which is dangerous. Despite advancements in lighting technology, multiple floodlights still consume a bit of power and therefore generate levels of heat. Expansion and contraction of the heating unit can cause warping and structural damage to the unit, which could call for a complete replacement. Furthermore, wiring and cabling that is exposed to the elements is at risk of shorting which can cause not just one of your floodlights to fail but the entire system. If there is no backup power in place you are without proper adequate area lighting, which can pose a security risk.

 

Make Sure Power Connections Are Secure

Another important factor of floodlight maintenance during the winter is taking care of the source of power. In addition to making sure the cabling and wiring is well protected, the power unit needs to be in a position on premises that is unaffected by the weather. As these units are often placed inside a metal cabinet enclosure, they can succumb to rusting and warping, if left to the elements. Having a secondary enclosure that is weatherproof, or moving the unit indoors away from the cold are ideal solutions to protect your system. Even making sure that wiring is well insulated and covered underneath the ground is a must, especially around patches of ground that are known to become waterlogged.

 

Replace Bulbs With Long Lasting And Efficient Technology

Traditional halogen bulbs have a habit of failing after so many cycles and during the winter, this aging process is only accelerated. Consider deploying LED options, which not only last longer but can give off brighter levels of light and perform much better in colder environments. By utilising this technology you will have less bulb changes to perform.

 

Find The Perfect Lighting Angle

Making sure you have the right amount of lighting spread across your premises or the area you want to light is crucial, not just to provide focus on an event to introduce a welcoming atmosphere for people but also to enhance security and keep an eye on spots that otherwise don’t receive a lot of light. it is a fine balancing act to be able to find an angle that provides the best coverage of lighting while at the same time not being exposed to much to the element . So when it starts to rain or snow, the lighting is still effective but the bulbs are shielded somewhat from any downpour.

 

Add Weatherproof Features

You can protect your floodlights from excessive amounts of snow, ice and frost by installing simple components to make them partially weatherproof. Adding lamp shields and case covers are some of the common ways you can stop water from getting to the unit that is housing the bulbs and lighting.

 

Perform Regular Maintenance Checks

Ensuring that the power up and power down cycles are working correctly, making sure that the endpoints are wired in to the terminal correctly and also checking to see which bulbs are lighting up can all be carried out as regular floodlight maintenance checks. If your columns are controlled by motors then it is worth making sure these motors are still functional to help turn and lower the columns if a different lighting angle is required.

 

Timers And Sensors Save Power

In the winter months, energy bills usually go up and no matter how many LED lamps you have installed, floodlights still consume large amounts of power. Therefore to save on energy, consider making sure that your floodlight power source has timers built in to allow the system to cycle on and off at various intervals throughout the evening. If the mornings are dark for a few hours, special sensors can be placed along the permitter where the floodlights are operating to check for changes in natural light levels. Sensors can also detect when one or more individuals are walking into a area that is designated to be lit up. Having these features will save you energy and money and make your system highly efficient.

 

Need Floodlight Maintenance?

Depending on the age of your system, floodlight maintenance can involved a lot of work and it might be a daunting process knowing where to start. Luckily the team at Surfacelux are on hand to be able to help you. We offer a comprehensive floodlight maintenance plan that checks all components of your system and our engineers and team have years of industry experience under their belts to be able to answer any questions or concerns you may have. You can get in touch with us here or call 0151 513 7415 or 01793 847 498. See what Surfacelux can do for you today!