Loadshedding is when energy suppliers cut off some of their electrical supply when the demand is too high. When living in South Africa, you will become used to loadshedding, likely keeping up with the schedule so you know when to expect the power to go off. The problem is that it can harm your property. As a light company, we at Lightco believe everyone should learn how to protect their electrical devices – including their home light fixtures – during this time.

What Problems Does Loadshedding Cause?

Not only is loadshedding annoying to deal with, but you also experience issues such as lowered home security and damage to your appliances. Your appliances, in particular, can completely break during this time because the power surges when the power comes back on. To avoid these issues, use the loadshedding tips below. Interested in more ways to protect your home lighting or tips for lighting your home? Check out our blog.

1. Get a Surge Protection Device

A surge protection device is one of the best investments when dealing with loadshedding. A surge protection device will provide appliance protection during sudden, high-voltage power spikes. That way, you won’t have to worry about replacing your lighting or electrical devices after the loadshedding has ended!

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2. Keep Up with the Schedule

Keeping up with the local loadshedding schedule is critical, as it means you can prepare for potential power surges and lowered home security. Your appliances will thank you!

3. Unplug Cables

Another way to protect your electrical appliances from power surges is unplugging your devices. When you keep up with the schedule, you can unplug them just before the loadshedding occurs.

4. Use a Backup Battery for Your Alarm System

A fear during loadshedding is the increased risk of theft. It’s an unfortunate truth that criminals like to strike when homes are vulnerable – and yours certainly is when your alarm system isn’t working! To ensure it still does its job during loadshedding, use a backup battery to power it.

5. Increase General Security

It’s also a good idea to increase your general security for when loadshedding occurs. Crucially, increase any security measures not linked to electricity (such as CCTV systems). Instead, reinforce your doors and windows, ensuring they are always heavy and locked.

6. Keep Battery-Powered Lights

Being able to see during a power outage is helpful in general, but it also helps protect your property by deterring potential intruders. When loadshedding happens, burglars will likely look for houses that look dark. By making sure yours stays illuminated with battery and solar-powered lighting, you can rest easy knowing your home won’t be targeted.

Keep Your Home Illuminated with Lightco

At Lightco, we have a range of excellent lighting, including outdoor lighting to keep your home illuminated even during loadshedding. Get in touch if you have any questions about the lighting we have to offer!

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