Whether hanging decorative lights to liven up your patio area or adding security lights around your backyard, outdoor landscape lighting combines fun and functionality with any outdoor space. However, getting power to your outdoor lights can be challenging as a homeowner. Fortunately, there are several ways to light up your yard!
Plug Strands into the Exterior Outlets
Most building codes enforce a certain number of exterior outlets by your home’s front and rear doors. Take advantage of this easy step by combining the lights and extension cords. You’ll be able to control multiple strands of lights simultaneously with splitters or remote plug-ins.
One significant drawback is that extension cords can become a trip hazard for your family members. Your animals and children can get severe injuries when mishandling light strings or extension cords.
How to Power Without an Outlet
Moreover, there might be a possibility that your home may not have exterior outlets. But you can still get power to your outdoor landscape lighting without an outlet with these alternatives:
- Solar outdoor lights are an excellent way to light your property without worrying about cords or outlets or increasing your electric bill. A downside of this alternative is that you will need to position your lights somewhere they can receive adequate sunlight to store power for later usage.
- A small portable generator offers the power where you need it. You will need to provide fuel (or gas) for the generator, and they can be noisy. On the other hand, rechargeable battery packs offer portable, silent power for your outdoor lights.
- Hardwiring your outdoor landscape lighting to a consistent circuit will provide you with the most reliable power source in the long run. But this type of electric task will require a licensed electrician to ensure the job is safely and adequately completed.
Contact a Licensed Electrician
Lastly, one of the safest ways to power up your home is to reach out to an experienced electrician. Outdoor lighting can significantly impact the quality time you spend outdoors. It increases your usable space and provides security for you and your family and friends.
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