How To Install Outdoor House Lights Properly – You have a new home, and the lights are an important first impression. You want to make sure that your new neighbors are happy about it too.
If you’re like many people, you don’t know how to install outdoor house lights properly. It can be a scary prospect if you’ve never done it before. But with these few simple steps, it can be done successfully every time.
If your new house is in an unknown territory, give yourself a little buffer period by reading these instructions from start to finish.
How To Install Outdoor House Lights Properly
The best way to ensure that you do it correctly is by doing it yourself – but only after consulting an expert! Follow these easy steps, and you will be well on the road to installing outdoor lights professionally for years to come.
What Are The Different Types Of Outdoor Light?
All outdoor light fixtures use batteries as power. Natural light is best for the majority of applications. However, some lights are better suited to artificial light such as the security light in your garage or the floodlight on your deck.
The main types of outdoor lights are:
- POE (Pluggable Power Exhaust) – These are the light fixtures that use a controller to regulate the amount of light emitted and the power consumed by the lighting system.
- PWM (Pulse Width Modulation) – These are the light fixtures that use a timer to regulate the intensity and duration of the light.
- Flexible- These are the light fixtures that allow you to select the effect you want and turn on and off the light with one button.
How To Install An Outdoor Light
The light fixture inside your house is what holds the universe. It’s what keeps everything running and makes your home look beautiful. You’re essentially installing a light in the middle of that. So, how do you install a light?
There are many different ways to go about it. One popular way is to use an outdoor light mounting kit. These come with everything you need to hook up your new light fixtures.
However, it would be wiser to get one each for the lights you plan to change and the lights you plan to keep.
That way, you don’t have to go to the trouble of buying new lights only to discover that the ones you installed previously are the ones you need replacements for.
The mounting kit will probably come with instructions on where to drill a couple of holes in the existing light fixture. This is necessary so that the mounting hardware can securely fasten the new lights to the existing structure.
There will almost certainly be a template or model number printed on the mounting hardware so that you can easily match the lights to their fixtures.
Change A Light Outdoors
One of the easiest ways to change out a light outdoors is to use a non-locking pickaxe. You can get pickaxes with metal or plastic handles that are ideal for working in the garden, patio, or outdoor areas of your home.
You can also use a hammer if you’re not too worried about damaging the finish on your house. Take your pickaxe and, using the appropriately sized hole, slowly file the edge of the hole down to the desired depth.
Once you have the desired depth, fill the rest of the hole in with a small rock or sandstone piece so that the pickaxe doesn’t look like you’re just spackling it together.
Hook Up The Power
The last thing you need to do is to hook up the power. There are two types of outdoor lights: switch and socket. Switch lights are powered by a simple switch that is usually mounted in the location of the light. Socket lights are powered by a typical light socket. Your new lights will probably use the same light socket. If not, you’ll need to buy a new light or switch light.
The first thing to remember is that the plug that comes with your new light fixture will not fit the new light. In fact, the plug’s size may be different from one light to the next.
If you have a hard time figuring out which size plug your new light uses, just Google it! You’ll probably find the answer in the appropriate section of the website.
Once you’ve determined the correct plug size, check to make sure the light is hooked up properly. The wiring should look similar to the image below.
The first thing you need to do is to understand how your new lights work. Then, you can decide what style and type of lights are right for your house.
Choosing the right style of lights for your house can be difficult. You want lights that look great but don’t draw too much attention to themselves. You also don’t want lights that are too bright, since that can attract unwanted attention as well.
The best way to decide what type of lights are right for your house is to ask other people. If you’re in doubt, ask an expert! They’re bound to know more about how to install outdoor house lights than you ever will.***