Every season has its own associations that make it worth celebrating. With the coming of spring, the weather warms up and nature defrosts to give way to a fresh season full of fun and life. Before you rush outside to enjoy this season, don’t forget the spring cleaning! Aside from the usual tasks of the season, your lights have their own special set of needs. Here is a spring cleaning light checklist for homeowners to help you make the most of this part of the season.
1. Clean fixtures
The most important and obvious matter for lighting and spring cleaning is cleaning the fixture. The great thing is that cleaning a fixture is usually a quick and easy task. Simply wipe down the lens of the fixture to remove any dust or dirt that may have accumulated. You can also remove the lens of the fixture depending on the style, and wipe inside the fixture head to make sure it is clean. You can even wipe down light bulbs with a microfiber towel to further dust the area. Make sure you take certain safety measures to ensure a safe experience free from accidents. For example, don’t stand on chairs to clean overhead fixtures. Make sure the lamp has cooled prior to wiping down. Avoid using water close to electrical elements. Following some basic common sense when cleaning is always a good idea to stay safe.
2. Check for frayed wires
Part of your spring cleaning for light fixtures should include a quick inspection of any wires or cords. If wires or cords are frayed, this can be potentially hazardous situation waiting to happen. Aside from electrical shock, this can also start a fire. It is important to deal with any frayed cords or wires as soon as you see them, either by turning off all power to the fixture and fixing the minor hole with electrical tape or by completely replacing the fixture or cord, depending on the extent of the damage.
3. Do an energy audit
Another aspect of performing spring cleaning of lighting is to consider areas for improvement in terms of energy efficiency. For example, if you are currently using incandescent or CFL blubs, see if you can replace them with LED lamps for an option that creates a better quality of illumination while consuming lowered energy in the process. You can also consider installing timers or dimmers which can also be helpful for creating moods in select areas of the home.