Installing Outdoor Porch Lights

Jul 17th

Outdoor porch lights are a nice complement to any home. They improve the beauty of the home as well as add in favor of added security. Installing porch lights where there has never been anyone requires some knowledge of working with electricity. You must first find where the connection box is for the porch light. Once you’ve found the connection box, it’s just a matter of wiring a new box and installing porch lights.

Outdoor Porch Lights on the Street
Outdoor Porch Lights on the Street

Instructions

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Select the area where you want to install outdoor porch lights. It is a good idea to locate the light as close to the old junction box as possible. This will reduce the amount of wire you need to drive. Disconnect the power from the old connector box by turning the power switch off. It is a good idea to turn off the mains if you are unsure of which switches the connection box works.

Attach the new connector box to the location you selected for outdoor porch lights. If you install wood, you can use 3/4 inch wood screws. For installation on bricks, you must use expansion anchors with screws. When using anchor, drill holes to the size of the anchor in the wall using a drill. Then gently push the anchor with the handle of a screwdriver. Measure the distance between the old connector box and the new one using a tape measure. Cut a piece of UF power cable to your measurement, plus six inches. This will give you lots of thread. Insert the cable into each of the junction boxes. Connect the cables to the connector box by first connecting the ground wire, then white, and then black. Connect them to the old junction box wires with plastic wire nuts.