The Best Way to Clean Light Fixtures

The Best Way to Clean Light Fixtures

03 Apr

The Best Way to Clean Light Fixtures

Are you tired of watching dust collect on your entryway chandelier? Do your antique brass sconces need some tender love and care? At Mr. Electric of Atlanta, our local electricians provide high quality residential and commercial electrical services for local clients, including lighting installation, bulb replacement, wiring upgrades and lighting repair services. We enjoy helping our customers get the most from their lighting systems, and we want to help you do the same. If you’ve been putting your lighting system maintenance tasks on the backburner, it’s time to tackle your to-do list. Make your favorite light fixtures shine brilliantly once again with these tips and tricks. 

Safety First 

Always consider the appropriate safety precautions before beginning an electrical maintenance task. If you need to remove fixtures from their location to clean them, turn off the electrical power at the breaker box to avoid electrocution or other hazards. It’s also important to turn off the lights for a minimum of 30 minutes before removing a light bulb in order to avoid burns. If you will be handling lights that contain hazardous materials, be prepared to properly dispose of the item if they break. People with respiratory issues or sensitivities to cleaning supplies may want to wear a dust mask or gloves. 

Cleaning Recessed Lights 

For flush-mounted or recessed can lights, you will need to remove them from the ceiling. Use a sturdy ladder to reach the light, and carefully remove the flush-mounted light cover or can light. Gently wipe the bulbs and fixtures with a clean cloth and let them dry completely before putting them back into place. If your recessed lights are in an area that is too high for your ladder to reach, you may need to hire a professional for the task. 

Brass Lighting Fixtures 

Brass fixtures will often begin to tarnish, especially antique items with extra wear and tear. For these items, you may need to go the extra mile to achieve the level of shimmer you desire. First, use hot and soapy water to get rid of any accumulated dust and dirt. Next, use a thin layer of ketchup or a lemon juice and table salt solution, and gently rub the homemade cleaning product onto the brass. The slightly acidic items will help to remove the tarnish. Afterward, wipe the item dry with a clean cloth and apply mineral oil or linseed oil for added shine. 

Do You Need a Lighting Repair, Replacement or Installation? Call Mr. Electric of Atlanta Today

While cleaning your light fixtures can be performed by homeowners, some lighting maintenance tasks require help from a professional. Are you in need of a lighting repair, replacement or installation? Are you concerned about an electrical wiring issue? Let the team at Mr. Electric of Atlanta get your indoor and outdoor lighting systems back on track fast. Contact our office to learn more about our residential and commercial services or to schedule an appointment with a certified, licensed and insured electrician in Atlanta, Marietta, Sandy Springs, Dunwoody, Roswell, or another surrounding metro Atlanta area neighborhood.