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How to Clean your Outdoor Lighting

Updated: Jun 7


Don't forget to include your outdoor lighting in your Spring cleaning plans. As with your indoor lighting, regular cleaning will help to protect the high quality finish and keep it looking its best for years to come.



See the advice below, provided by our lighting brand "Fine Art Handcrafted Lighting" for a step by step guide on how to clean and care for your exterior lighting.


  • Make sure the lighting is turned off.

  • If needed, secure a ladder near light fixtures you cannot reach from the ground.

  • Remove any globes, shields, or grills with an appropriate tool (most likely a screwdriver); then unscrew and remove the light bulbs (or fluorescent tube).

  • Set all parts aside.

  • Fill two large buckets with hot water and add dish soap. Agitate the water to create suds.

  • Place removed items (not the light bulbs) in one bucket.

  • Saturate a rag or sponge with sudsy water from the second bucket and use that to wipe down the parts of the light fixture that you could not remove. Keep water from running into open sockets.

  • Rinse the fixed pieces with water; remove the loosened pieces from their bucket, wipe them down, and rinse them as well.

  • When all pieces are dry, apply polish or wax to metal parts if desired, use glass cleaner to clean glass globes or shades.

  • Wipe off light bulbs or tubs with a damp rag, being careful not to get the end that screws into the socket wet; then reassemble the light fixtures.

  • For coastal environments, we recommend that all luminaires be cleaned monthly in order to remove the salt and dust that accumulates daily.

  • Rinse fixture with tap water, ensuring any accumulated salt buildup is removed.

  • Adjust water pressure accordingly.

  • Wash surfaces with a medium brush and light soap with PH not higher than 8.5.

  • Rinse again with tap water, adjusting water pressure accordingly.



For further information please contact us using the live chat or email us enquiries@rebeccascott.co.uk.

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