How To Install an Outdoor Wall Sconce

Lighting can change the total look and feel of an area. A garden with sparse furniture can look homey with the right touch. A small pool area can bring romance when added with a special glow. Wall sconces are used to achieve these kinds of atmosphere. Choosing wall sconces at a lighting shop can take so much of your time. If you do not know what to buy, your eyes will dart over each decorative sconce installed on the wall. There would be candle sconces, contemporary sconces even antique ones. Then you will have to figure out if you will be getting iron or brass made, consider the costs, installation, etc. After buying what you really need. Ask yourself if you want to save a bit? If so, install it on your own.

  1. Go to your outdoor area at night and turn on all your lamps. Try to notice where your wall lamps or wall candles are placed. The wall sconce should not ruin the whole effect of what you have already set up. After all, what you want to achieve is better shades of light.
  2. Mark the wall where you want to place your sconce on. Test if you could accidentally bump your head on the light. It should be higher than this. If you have  a pair of scones, don’t put the distance in between them so short that it will look out of place and totally odd on the wall.
  3. On the next day, gather your tools. You will need a keyhole saw. Buy one quickly or borrow from a friend if you don’t have one. Your toolbox should have screwdrivers and pliers, otherwise that’s not much of a toolbox.
  4. You must have a basic know how of electrical wiring so you can do this. Ask a friend to help you out if you do not feel confident to do this.
  5. Go to your power box area and turn it off to avoid the risk of electrocution. Your sconce would have a switch box where you need to drill a hole on to. Get the cable from the power box to where you drilled the hole and attach it on the wall by using the screws provided.
  6. You will see all those wires you need to connect, just remember that you need to attach black to black. Wiring needs to be done in pairs to connect the wires from your cable to the wiring of the sconce. Tighten it up.
  7. Once the wiring is connected, you can clear up the place by tucking in the wires inside the inner box. You will see a bit of area specifically for that purpose where the wires come out from the wall. Cover the bulb with the sconce cover. Test if it works.

A tip for you—buy a wall sconce that suits your taste yet is energy saving. Installing an outdoor wall sconce is fairly easy. You just need to know how to hide the wires correctly. Once this is done, you will have that eye catching décor and the lighting effect that you are hoping for.


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