The Right and Safe Way to Clean Lighting Fixtures

Light fixtures are a magnet for dust and dirt. There’s a correct and safe way to clean them. Here’s how to clean fixtures so you stay safe and keep lighting from becoming dim.

Take Your Time

First, gather your supplies. You need a soft cloth, warm water, glass-safe detergent, and a towel for deep cleaning. For regular cleaning, use an extendable duster so you don’t have to stand on a ladder. You shouldn’t try to rush through cleaning your lighting fixture as that is how accidents can happen. Turn off any lights you will be cleaning an hour before you get started.

Glass Dome Light Fixtures

If you have fixtures with a glass dome, remove the dome to make cleaning easier and safer. You should dump out any dead bugs and dirt before soaking the glass in warm, soapy water for a few minutes. Gently clean and rinse the dome so it doesn’t break. Dry the domes completely with a towel before putting them back in place.

Recessed Lighting

Recessed lighting is easy to clean. You should remove the light bulbs and then wipe down the inside of each recess with a damp, soft cloth. If the recessed lighting has gotten very dirty, use a mixture of one part vinegar to three parts warm water.

Clean the Light Bulbs

You can clean dirty light bulbs as long as you’re very gentle with them. Unscrew them from the fixture and then use a dry, soft cloth on them before putting them back in place. Dirty light bulbs can be 30 percent dimmer than clean ones.

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