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How to Properly Care and Maintain Exterior Wrought Iron Lighting

by Johnson Kater (2020-04-19)

Building owners with exterior wrought iron lighting fixtures should be aware that all exterior lighting requires periodic care and maintenance for safety purposes. In addition, the longevity and aesthetics of the fixture is also preserved when proper care and maintenance is routinely performed. The following is a brief checklist of things that should be periodically inspected in all exterior lighting. This is especially important in custom wrought iron light fixtures since the main metal from which they are fabricated (mild steel) is subject to corrosion.

1 year agoGlass or other shade material-The lighting fixture's glass, acrylic, or other shade material should be periodically cleaned and inspected for cracks or other damage. Minor cracks in glass can easily turn into sharp shards with a light bump or other interruption. Children are especially at risk when playing around these damaged fixtures. Clean glass or other shade material will also ensure that the proper amount of light is being supplied by the fixture and thus keep pathways and other areas properly lit.

Water detection-Wrought iron lighting fixtures are seldom water tight. Since water can seep into the light fixture one should take precaution and check that no water is being held by the fixture. Properly constructed iron sconces or lanterns will have weep holes built in to allow for water to escape in case that water does enter. These weep holes should be situated properly and be of a sufficient diameter to allow water to easily escape.

Electrical components-Light sockets and other wiring should also be inspected periodically for damage and wear. Electrical sockets that are being overrun with too much wattage will tend to have burnt edges and should be replaced immediately. Candle covers and plastic shade material that show signs of heat damage should also be replaced and a qualified professional should verify that the fixture is both wired correctly and safe to use with the desired wattage. Finally, broken light bulbs should be replaced and the light bulb base should be removed promptly as it can result in a shock hazard.

Structural integrity check- Exterior wrought iron lighting fixtures are subject to deterioration if the metal is not properly treated or maintained. Welds (especially those that support the body of the fixture to the supporting structure) should be inspected for cracks or other damage. Even minor cracks may cause a joint to fail especially in heavier fixtures. Rust can also cause puncture-like holes in a light fixture and allow for water to seep into unwanted areas.

After a complete check of the light fixture is performed, a thorough cleaning should be followed up with a light wax or other protective coating in order to preserve the paint finish and prevent natural corrosion. There are many products in the market that can help maintain the finish and appearance of the iron sconce, lantern, chandelier, or pendant when routinely used. If properly maintained, a well fabricated light fixture will last a very long time and maintain its 'like new' appearance.