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Care + Maintenance


The first step in caring for the interior lighting in your building is to prepare. Make a plan for cleaning that includes all the different fixtures and bulb types within the building. Decide which lights will be cleaned at what time by making yourself a maintenance checklist or schedule. Using the building’s electrical plans is an easy way to do this, if they are available to you.


Before you start any cleaning, you need to make sure you have the proper supplies to get the job done. Thankfully when you’re working indoors, you won’t need to worry about any weather concerns. Every building will require different supplies, depending on the height and style of your light fixtures. Here’s an excellent start to a supply list for taking care of your interior lights:

  • Ladder
  • Step ladder for shorter fixtures
  • Lint-free cloths
  • Warm water
  • Mild detergent
  • Replacement bulbs
  • Screwdriver



Now that you have a plan and all of your supplies, we have to stop for a moment to consider safety before starting any lighting maintenance. Even if you’re just changing a bulb, it’s recommended to turn off the power source to avoid any electrical surprises that could be dangerous. Don’t skip this step by simply turning off the switch for that particular light. Dealing with electricity can be tricky, so it’s best to play it safe. Another safety aspect to consider is how you will reach any suspended lights or high ceilings safely. If you are not comfortable reaching a fixture, you should figure out a safe and secure way to reach them. Use a step ladder or a full-size one, and enlist a spotter’s help to keep the ladder steady.


Cleaning Fundamentals

In any building, a number of lighting design factors influence the lighting plan. There are typically various bulb and fixture types, and you will need to know how to clean each specific kind to care for them properly. Some lighting can be fragile, with particular cleaning supplies needed depending on the material. Other lighting will require specific cleanings based on the fixture type. Here are a few examples:

  • Downlights, recessed, and ceiling fixtures: a slightly damp cloth should be used on the acrylic diffuser, followed by a dry cloth.
  • LED tape lighting: when covered by a lens, use a slightly damp cloth. If not, a dry cloth will work well.
  • Ceiling fans: can be cleaned in the same manner as decorative fixtures; however, ensure no moisture or cleaning products enter the vent openings where the motor is housed. Use a dry cloth in this area.


Material Considerations

Diving further into the cleaning fundamentals, certain materials will require extra care. Avoid using abrasive cloths or cleaners and products with ammonia or alcohol, including metal polish. It would help if you also stayed away from general-purpose household window or glass cleaners because they could damage the fixtures’ coating. If any of the fixtures are made of glass, it’s best to wash them by hand. For polished metal, painted fixtures, and glass, here are some special considerations when cleaning:

  • Dry polish and dust any metal, painted, and wood parts.
  • Dry fixtures and glass thoroughly with a lint-free cloth (this is especially important on textured glass finishes because they catch dust easily).
  • Remove any glass shades and wash them by hand.


Regular Maintenance

Ensuring your building has the best lighting solutions wouldn’t be complete without regular maintenance to care for the interior lighting. Making a maintenance schedule will ensure every fixture gets the proper attention and bulbs are replaced on time. Some lighting fixtures require more attention than others, so definitely consider that when you’re building your schedule.

Caring for Your Interior Lighting

In any building, lighting fixtures are an integral part of the building’s design and function. Taking care of them means ensuring that the building is always safe and well-lit, no matter what time of day. Caring for your interior lighting fixtures requires some preparation and knowledge of the different materials and the supplies needed. Always make sure you stay safe when dealing with lighting and electrical, and regularly maintain the light fixtures so that you can catch any issues right away. By maintaining your interior lighting, your entire building will run smoother.