If you own a business, you want to ensure that its exterior looks great. One thing that many business owners tend to forget about when considering the exterior is the lighting. With a brightly illuminated parking lot and landscape, you can rest assured that your customers are safer when outside your business while also improving the visual appeal of your business. Here are a few tips to help ensure your outdoor lighting sources are kept up to par.

Upgrade Your Lamps

Lamps around the building and in the parking lot that utilize incandescent bulbs tend to burn a significant amount of energy each day. You may want to replace these bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs or possibly even LED lamps, which will last longer and are far more energy-efficient. In doing so, your organization's energy bill will lower, you will spend less time switching out dead bulbs in the future. You may also want to consider speaking to a commercial electrician about having sensors installed that will automatically turn your parking lot lights on when the sun sets and turn them off once the sun rises. This type of feature will help save energy and money as well.

Clean Your Lighting Fixtures

Light bulbs can lose a significant amount of luminescence when they are covered with debris and dirt. To ensure maximum longevity and illumination, it is important that your lighting fixtures are cleaned regularly. Prior to cleaning them, do not forget to turn off the power to them to prevent the risk of injury or electrocution. Use a glass cleaner to wipe down the lenses and a damp cloth to clean any metal fixtures.

Check for Any Exposed Electrical Wires

Over time, it is possible for buried wires on spotlights, floodlights, and other outdoor lighting fixtures to become exposed from environmental conditions. Following a storm and just every few weeks or so, assess the landscape for exposed electrical wires since they may get covered by snow, fallen leaves, etc. and potentially cause an employee or customer to trip. Ideally, it is recommended to leave a job like this up to a commercial electrician who will have the proper training and tools to locate and also rebury the exposed wires (if found).

If you would like to learn more about keeping your outdoor establishment safe and illuminated, contact a local commercial electrician who can provide professional assistance for your business.

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