How To Clean Your Light Fittings
How much attention do you pay to your light fittings when you’re carrying out your weekly (or daily!) house clean? Understandably, it may not be on the top of your chores list. Similar to shelves that might receive a regular dusting, light fittings can actually house dust and dirt but often get overlooked. It’s not only the lampshades and fittings that can get dirty, light bulbs themselves can also collect dust! So, read ahead for the Dusk Lighting tips and tricks on how to get your light fixtures looking spotless in no time.
Whether you’re looking to get rid of a build up of mildew, grease or dust from your light fittings, there’s various actions you can take to complete this household task efficiently.
Things you’ll need to clean your light fittings
Before cleaning the lights in your home, we highly recommend switching off/and disconnecting the electricity supply to keep safe whilst removing lighting components. Depending on the material of the light fitting or shade that you intend to clean, there are several things you can have ready before starting to clean them. A general list of items you might want to have on hand when tackling the light fittings in your home include:
- A duster with extendable handle
- A microfiber cloth
- A can of polish (check the material of the fitting before using chemicals)
Cleaning light bulbs
Apart from those decorative light bulbs that are currently on trend in the interior design world, many lighting styles don’t have the light bulb directly on show. With that being said, a nice clean light bulb is the perfect base for any light. Not only do dirty lights look less than appealing, but dusty light bulbs can also be contributing to energy waste!
How to clean a light bulb involves some basic steps:
- Ensure that the light is switched off
- Allow the light bulb to cool down
- Remove from light fitting
- Use a dry microfiber cloth to simply wipe the bulb
- If a damp cloth is needed to shift extra dirt, make sure not to get the metal part wet
Sudden changes in temperature can cause light bulbs to break easily, so be aware of this when cleaning the light bulb itself and don’t use any hot water on a cooled down light bulb. Cleaning light bulbs can help you to get the most out of the lifespan of each bulb and improve its brightness!
Dusting non-fabric lampshades with an extendable duster is a good start when it comes to cleaning lounge lights, before removing the shade for a thorough deep clean. With lounge lights such as metal pendant lights in copper or polished chrome for example, a damp cloth may wipe away any dust and dirt more effectively. A light wipe with polish will bring the shine back to the lounge light perfectly!
If you’re tackling a chandelier style light in your lounge or hallway, it’s worth noting that there are cleaning products available for crystal chandeliers, though some specialist cleaners can actually tarnish the finish of the metal components so caution is recommended. Good old fashioned warm water and washing up liquid solution can be used to gently clean small chandeliers, whilst large chandeliers could benefit from being cleaned professionally.
A good lounge lighting option that will help keep the lights in your lounge clean are recessed ceiling lights. Spotlights and downlights don’t have the external accessories of a lampshade that will attract dust, so these are a great lighting option also for kitchens and bathrooms where cleanliness is key.
Due to regular cooking, it’s not unusual to find that grease and dirt cling to kitchen lights, and the kitchen is the undoubtedly a place in your home that you’d like to have maximum light output. Steam will also coat kitchen lighting from cooking activities and eventually leave a residue, meaning that they will need cleaning more frequently than other lighting in your home. Again, a soapy water solution can be used to clean the build up of dirt from glass and metal lamp shades in the kitchen, and a dry cloth can be wiped up to the ceiling fixture to remove any dust from that area easily. Focus on the tops of pendant lights as that is where most dust will naturally settle.
When it comes to bedroom lighting, this is where we are most likely to opt for fabric lampshades. Fabric can just as easily attract a collection of dust like the glass and metallic lampshades previously mentioned, the dust is often just hidden better! Use a damp sponge to pick up any dust on your fabric lampshade, or if it needs a more thorough cleanse, fill a sink with warm water and swish it around before allowing to dry naturally. Bedroom lights with fabric lamp shades can also be cleaned using a lint-roller or vacuum cleaner with an upholstery brush to get the top layer of dust off.
If you’d like to invest in some brand new lampshades and light fittings for your home, then be sure to spend some time with us at Dusk Lighting and browse through our extensive collections of stylish lights for all rooms of the house!