The accumulation of dust and debris can hinder the performance of LED lights and lamps. Such intrusive elements build up on the surface of the lens, resulting in blocked illumination. In some cases, dust can contribute to flickering and inconsistent light quality.
Because of this, it is important to keep the units clean. It is critical to note that before cleaning LED lights, they must be unplugged or disconnected.
Below are tips for maintaining residential LED lighting systems.
Indoor Lenses and LED Bulbs
Lenses and bulbs are the first components to consider cleaning. A simple dry or microfiber cloth usually does the job. Avoid scratching the lens for hard-to-remove debris. Furthermore, avoid using wet cleaning agents, as most indoor fixtures inside homes are not waterproof or approved for wet locations.
Some LED lamps, such as chandeliers, are sensitive to rough handling. For fragile fixtures, it would be possible to wrap the bulb with heavy-duty tape, to prevent breakage during removal.
Cleaning Outdoor LED Fixtures
LED lights outside of homes are more difficult to clean, due to the environment. Additionally, some lighting covers are prone to UV damage, resulting in the development of a filmy layer over the lens.
The first step is to wipe the surface with a dry cloth. Since most outdoor fixtures are sealed and/or waterproof, simply apply a dab of cleaner to remove stains or dust. In some cases, long-term UV damage is incredibly meticulous to remove. Like car headlamps, such levels of deterioration require specific cleaning agents to remove.
One of the most effective ways to improve clarity for LEDs with UV damage is the application of baking soda, liquid soap and vinegar. The solution is mildly corrosive, which breaks down thick grime on the surface without harming the fixture. Lastly, rinse the mixture off with water after cleaning.