The importance of lighting maintenance in winter

  • By Josh Morphew
  • 16 Jan, 2017

There are so many different electrical and plumbing systems that require maintenance during the cooler winter months that it can be easy to overlook your commercial lighting systems . Cooler temperatures, ice, wind and snow can make your lighting more vulnerable during this season, which can lead to damage and unforeseen repair expenses.

Some of the things that may inadvertently damage your lighting system include the following:

Normal facilities maintenance

As a facilities manager, you know that everything from roof raking to shoveling parking lots are needed during the winter months. In a commercial venue, the equipment used for these activities have metal blades that can damage your lighting. Fixtures such as electrical wiring and bulbs are generally quite fragile, so keep this in mind when performing general maintenance to the property.

Moisture

Natural elements such as slush, sleet, snow and ice will increase the moisture around your commercial property. While your commercial lighting installation may be waterproof, the temperature variations that occur from freezing to the melting of ice can also cause damage to your system.

Insects from summer

Insects from the summer and autumn months often get caught in light fixtures and this could cause damage during the winter months. A good idea is to check all exterior fixtures for insects before the ice season hits.

The ideal time to do lighting system inspections is at night as it is too easy to make mistakes when evaluating a lighting system during day time. Many facilities have someone perform a monthly check, depending on the amount of lighting and parking you have as to how often you should be checking.

 

Our commercial and electrical lighting contractors in Oklahoma can save you time and improve the overall process. That's because Baxter has decades of experience helping businesses from Class A office buildings to warehouses with their lighting installation and repair needs, both interior and exterior. Contact us for more information about our commercial lighting maintenance services today.


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