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5 Maintenance Tips

Here's some advice, from the experts at Lumiere, located in Westlake Village, California, on keeping your outdoor-lighting fixtures in shape:

• Periodic cleaning can help reduce calcium deposits from water falling on fixtures and lenses. If the deposits are heavy, use a household cleaner formulated to remove lime.

• Lubricate threads with an anti-oxidizing, antiseize lubricant like Permatex, found at auto-supply stores.

• Lubricate the socket and lamp base with a high-heat silicone compound to prevent metals from corroding together, which makes it tough to unscrew a lamp.

• Check fixture mounts to make sure they are secure, safe and not causing damage to trees or other landscape features.

• Verify that landscaping and vegetation are not shielding the fixture and blocking the light. You may have to move fixtures or trim plants.

Shown: Smaller garden elements, such as flower beds and ground covers, can be highlighted with spreadlights or short bollards.
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