Why Do Landscape Lighting Bulbs Burn Out Too Quickly?
Why Do Landscape Lighting Bulbs Burn Out Too Quickly?
If you have happened to stubbled upon this blog, fed up and almost ready to pull your outdoor lighting system out completely, than you are in the right place.
I know what you are thinking! I spent thousands of dollars on this damn lighting system, and I can't get the thing to stay on for more than a few months!
In my many years of experience, I have heard this very cry from customers in the Atlanta area time and time again. The great thing is, the reality of the situation is there are probably a few simple fixes to your current lighting problem, that when fixed, can allow you to enjoy your beautiful night scene once again.
Please read on to find the most common reasons that landscape lighting systems in Atlanta are failing to look their best!
Bulbs Burning Out Due to Incorrect Bulb Maintenance Practices
When most outdoor lighting firms in the Atlanta area service low voltage systems, they simply do the least amount of work possible, change whatever bulbs they see that are non-functional, reset the timers, and are on their merry way.
This is absolutely a horrible bulb maintenance practice! When dealing with an outdoor lighting system that encompasses halogen bulbs, if even one or two bulbs have been burnt out for any given time frame, and the system has been correctly volted to achieve correct voltage to the fixtures, there is a 99% chance the remaining bulbs that are not currently burnt out at the time of the service call, will indeed burn out very soon after the service is completed.
Why Is This
This is the case beause most professionally installed lighting systems are engineered to combat what is called voltage drop. The definition of voltage drop is: a decrease in voltage along a conductor through which current is flowing.
Very simply stated, the further away from the power source, or in low voltage, the low voltage power transformer, and the higher the load, or number of watts connected to the low voltage wire(depending on wire size), the more energy loss(in heat) the system will experience.
With professional grade transformers, as professionals we combat this voltage drop by utilizing higher voltage taps.
Without confusing you too much, this basically allows us to design more efficient lighting system, with fixtures at further distances, using smaller gauge wiring.
This is all well and good for the first year, however, in my experience, it tends to cause service problems for years to come if you are not dealing with an experienced lighting firm that has seen and serviced hundreds of lighting systems in the Atlanta area.
Because of the simple fact that if one or two, or more bulbs for that matter are burnt out on a single low voltage line or run, the best thing to do is replace every bulb on that line as there is a very likely chance that the remaining bulbs on the line have been over-volted for a period of time, thus on there last leg.
When Outdoor Advantage gets called in to service your outdoor lighting system, we always recommend replacing every bulb in your lighting system, checking each line for correct voltage drop, and setting up a quarterly, semi-annual, or annual service plan in order to take charge of your lighting system and keep your investment looking at its best year round!
This will also save you money, headache, and give you more enjoyment out of your system for years to come!
Second Reason Bulbs Burn Out Too Quickly:
Incorrect Voltage to the Fixtures
This concept ties in directly to our first reason, however, the biggest difference is this is when you experience bulbs burning out too quickly even after you change every bulb at one time!
Because outdoor lighting is looked at as a trade that some think is fundamently simple in it's process, many contractors tend to add it to their service line to generate additional revenue. The problem with this is, there is a good amount of skill as well as ingenuity that goes into designing a system correctly.
Some companies come in and throw out a low ball number to get the job, but don't exactly know that much about engineering a system for correct voltage drop. For this reason, we often service many systems that have been installed for less that a year that are already having problems due to the fact that they are designed incorrectly.
The great thing is, voltage drop issues can usually be corrected and fixed farely easy, but why waste the time, money, and frustration if you don't have to. If this is the case with you, please call us today to we can fix your voltage drop issue.
Switch to LED Retro-fit Bulbs!
One of the best solutions you can choose to correct your problem of bulbs burning out too fast is moving to an LED solution!
Innovation has truly hit the Landscape Lighting Industry hard the last 2-3 years introducing LED's as a very amazing option for your lighting system. They have come a long ways in design, engineering, price point, and color rendering over the years.
There are several great things about LED's as a solution for your current system's bulbs burning out too fast.
LED bulbs have a 40,000 hour lamp life compared to that of a convensional 5,000 hour halogen bulb
LED bulbs consume on average 80% energy than halogen bulbs. This allows you to use them for system expansion, even on a lighting system that was currently "maxed out."
Because LED bulbs usually operate from 10volts-15volts, along with reducing the load on the line, it will also some most every voltage drop issue seen in a typically halogen system design
We hope we have been of some help for you and your possible lighting system that is not at its best. We would love to answer any additional question you may have, and please don't hesitate to give us a call to come help you with your lighting service needs!
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