Thursday, December 8, 2016 by Cascade Lighting in Blog

The outdoor lighting at your home is just as important as the lighting indoors. It helps the home in numerous ways, including keeping burglars away, preventing dwellers and visitors from falling, and even adding charm and character to the exterior of the home. Since outdoor lighting is such an integral part of the home, it needs to be cared for accordingly. Periodically, the fixtures for the lighting need to be cleaned. If you neglect this responsibility, your lights will not shine as brightly as they should. Also, if you are concerned about the appearance of your home, making sure your exterior light fixtures are clean is an easy way to ensure your home looks as fabulous as possible. It is not difficult to clean your outdoor light fixtures. Just follow these easy steps.

Initial Step

Every outdoor light fixture is different, and some require specific care in their cleaning. So, before you begin to clean your outdoor lights, check the owner’s manual to see if there are any special instructions you need to follow. Always go with what the owner’s manual says above all other instructions for cleaning the fixtures. If your outdoor light fixtures do not require special attention, follow the guidelines below to clean them.


As with any home improvement project, you will need to gather a few supplies that will help you get the job done right and efficiently. To do the best job at cleaning your exterior lights, you will need the following items:

  • Screwdriver
  • Two microfiber cloths or other soft cloths
  • An old toothbrush
  • Dish soap
  • Bucket
  • Water hose

Turn off the power

Any time you are dealing with an electrical appliance, it is critically important to follow safety standards. Make sure to cut off all power that goes to that light. If the fixtures are plugged into an electrical outlet in a wall, be sure to unplug them before you begin any work on them. If there are no outlets, locate the electrical panel for the home and shut off the power supply to the lights through your circuit breaker.

Take the fixture apart

Disassemble any part of the fixtures that can come apart. Be sure to remove the light bulb from the socket as well. In most cases, you will need to use a screwdriver to remove the bulb from the fixture. Make sure you put the bulb in a safe place where it will not break. More complicated lights may have a covering over the light bulb. These coverings may need to be unscrewed as well.

Create a cleaning solution

To make the cleaning solution, pour a small amount of mild dish soap (no more than one drop) into a bucket of warm water. You may need to swish the water a bit to get an appropriate amount of bubbles. Dip your soft cloth into the soapy water, and make sure it gets soaking wet.

Cleaning the light fixtures

Wash the fixtures with the soft cloth. Be sure to clean both the outside and inside of the fixtures, if possible. Use an old toothbrush to get into any hard-to- reach spaces where the cloth will not fit. Sweep away any dead bugs you find with the fixture.

Clean the bulb

There is no sense in cleaning the fixtures if you are not going to clean the bulbs as well. However, light bulbs can break very easily, so great care should be taken in doing so. All you need to do is to use a soft, dry cloth and wipe the exterior of the bulb. Do not forget to wipe the socket clean. Keep the bottom of the bulb and the socket dry. If either of those parts does happen to come into contact with water, make sure everything is completely dry before you proceed to the next step.

Put everything back together

Once everything is clean and dry, reassemble the light fixtures and return them to their places. Try to get everything dry before replacing them to prevent any electrical shocks or short circuits when the light comes back on.

Inspect everything

While you’re cleaning, inspect the lights for any damage, corrosion or rust that may affect the lights. Animals might come out at night and gnaw some of the parts. Weather can play a factor in damaging the light fixtures. Consider replacing any fixtures with significant wear. When your fixtures aren’t 100 percent, they may cause problems later. It’s best to replace them once you notice the damage.

To keep your outdoor light fixtures looking fresh and new, aim to give them a good cleaning at least three or four times a year. Cleaning them once per season is a good rule of thumb, such as on the first month when the seasons change or on the actual date when the new season starts. Keeping your outdoor lighting clean protects your investment for a lifetime, and it may increase the resale value of your home.


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