Did you face some serious weather recently? If so, how are your outdoor lights? Are they still functioning after the strong weather hit? Storms can often do significant damage to people’s properties, and there are many problems weather brings that cause outdoor lights not to function properly. Learn more about the problems weather causes for your outdoor lights and how to resolve these problems.
Storms aren’t too uncommon of an occurrence, and storms that are strong enough can cause power outages. You may have an astronomical timer in place, and if you do, it would swap to battery mode, which would allow your lighting system to remain on whatever schedule it’s on currently. However, this can only work temporarily, as the batteries in the timer will exhaust themselves after a couple of hours. Once the batteries are drained, your outdoor lights won’t be able to stay on their on/off schedule.
For a long-lasting solution, you will need to get your outdoor lighting timer reset. If you are uncertain of how to do this on your own, it doesn’t hurt to get advice from a professional who has been working with outdoor lights for years.
With a strong enough storm, rainfall can end up getting inside your electrical system. Water and electricity are not a suitable mix. Your GFCI, also known as a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter, plug comes with a fail-safe, and this fail-safe will pop the outlet once water gets in. This stops worse problems from taking place.
Whenever the fail-safe activates, electricity isn’t able to get inside of your outdoor lighting system. Fortunately, you can fix this issue by pushing the reset button on your GFCI outlet.
If this is a common issue for your lighting system, consider getting a bubble cover. This will keep water from harming your outlet.
Perhaps you’ve already checked your timer to ensure it is set the right way and you’ve reset your GFCI outlet, and your outdoor lights are still experiencing problems. If you’re in this situation, the next thing you should do is check if any breakers have tripped inside of your electrical panel.
There are plenty of storms that bring lightning, which can easily serve as a catalyst that causes breakers to trip.
To get this problem resolved, find your electrical panel and open the door, then check if any breakers in the panel have tripped. If they have, simply flip them into their “on” positions, and you should be good to go.
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