Maintaining your pool table is important and that includes cleaning your lights. This can be tricky, depending on the light system you have and how everything is set up. Certainly most people know how to deal with cleaning a normal light fixture, but even then there are so many different options that you may need some help to clean what looks like the most basic fixture of all. This is why you may need some general guidance for the cleaning part which should be done on a regular basis if you want your pool table to stay lit up correctly.
Light maintenance includes several things. Of course if the light bulb is burnt out, you’ll need to replace it with a suitable bulb, but even if it seems to be working correctly, you still need to clean it regularly. This way, when you do need to go in and replace the light, then you will be able to do so in a clean environment, plus you don’t run the risk of insects or bugs getting in and infecting your light fixture. So let’s dive into some of the most basic ways to clean a lighting fixture for a pool or billiards table.
Before you start, you need to have a couple of ingredients. First you may need a set of screwdrivers in order to open any exterior enclosing, then you need cleaning fluids, typically something that is made for lighting or at least to be used on glass surfaces, and finally some towels or cleaning cloths.
If the lighting fixture is not fixed to the table (like most custom pool table lights), then chances are it’s going to be a lot easier to clean. Simply reach out and clean it up like you would any other light. Clean the exterior glass enclosing, then open it up with the latch or screw that keeps it closed, and clean the interior. Make sure the glass surfaces are completely cleaned so the light will go through correctly. Finally, replace everything and test to make sure the lighting still works correctly and that you have not accidentally tripped the wiring for your pool table lighting.
What if the light fixture is part of the table?
If the fixture is part of the table itself then it may be more complicated. Some tables have specific access panels to reach the lights that are set inside of the table. Simply see your table’s instruction manual to see where they are and how to access them. Then reach in and clean the light using cleaning cloth the same way as you would any other lighting. You may not be able to clean this type of light as often as an exposed light, but make sure you do it on a regular basis.
Of course before you even start cleaning you should make sure the light is turned off. If you need extra lighting to see what you’re doing, use a flashlight, that way you won’t risk burning yourself if the light fixture is turned on and the glass becomes hot. Remember that traditional bulbs produce light by burning hot, so the glass becomes very warm. If you use LEDs instead, then those do not become hot so the risk is lessened.
Ensure that you stay safe whenever you perform maintenance on lighting fixtures or any other element connected to a power source.