When summer ends, most people look forward to the cooler temperatures to come. While you may be ready for the cooldown to come, the same might not be true for your lighting. When it comes to preparing your lighting solutions for winter, there are a few things to keep in mind.
Reasons to install sensors
There are a few good reasons to install light sensors in fall and winter. If you are looking for a way to ensure your lights are only used when they are needed, sensors are the perfect way to achieve this result. They can be programmed to come on at a set time during the day as predetermined by the user, or they can even be set to detect low levels of light and activate accordingly. Installing light sensors in fall and winter can help you adjust to the changing time. For example, coming home at night without a front porch light can make it trickier to get your keys in the door. With a sensor, the light will come on either as scheduled or when it detects motion or lower light levels. The biggest reason sensors are great is that they can save you some money. With a sensor system in place, you never have to worry about leaving the lights on and running up your bill when the lights aren’t needed.
Once you have installed sensors, you may still run into some trouble. This is common, especially for more extreme temperatures and weather. Here are a few things to look at in regard to failure of light sensors in fall and winter:
• Make sure you are using an outdoor fixture/solution
Adding a sensor to the wrong type of fixture might give you the immediate result, but the fixture itself isn’t suitable or sustainable for the environment. If you are using an indoor fixture for an outdoor area, you are bound to run into malfunctions or total failure eventually.
• Check the GFCI
With a lot of cold weather locations, the GFCI can quickly become damaged due to snow, melting ice, or just the overall increase of moisture in the air. Many times, the issue can be remedied by hitting the reset button on the GFCI outlet. If the problem persists beyond that step, you may need to call in a lighting specialist since the damage may be more serious.
• Check the bulb
A lot of the reason why sensors fail is because the fixture has the wrong bulb type. If the bulbs are the right type specified for the fixture, and you are still running into issues with your sensors, the bulbs may be bad. Many bulbs are known to have drastically shorter life spans in colder climates.