How To Install an Outside Flood Light

Floodlights are usually useful to illuminate a large piece of land or property. They can also provide much needed light during outdoor activities. They are HID (high intensity discharge) lamps. They can be high pressure sodium (HPS) lamps or metal halide or halogen bulbs. Some floodlights are even made of multiple LED (Light emitting diodes) on a single fixture with a reflector to aid concentration of light to a specific area of illumination. You may need it for different purpose and installing one is quite easy.

  • The first thing you need to consider is what type of lighting you want. As mentioned, there are different types of flood light so you need to know which one will benefit you the most. You may consider as well the area you need to illuminate to know how many watts you will need. You may determine this by asking yourself how bright you want to illuminate the area and consider how many lumens you need per square foot.
  • Once you have chosen your flood light you will need only a couple of things to install it. Like screws and a drill, a screwdriver, an outlet and some tape. You may also want to use motion detectors or a 24-hr timer for automation purposes.
  • Mark on the wall or post the proper location where you want to put your floodlight.
  • Since most lights don’t come out with an outlet, you need to attach the wiring to one.  You can buy an outlet that you can open with a screwdriver. When you open an outlet, you will see a couple of screws inside where you can attach each of the wires. You will need to loosen the screws and remove an inch of the rubber covering on the wires. You can do this using a pair of pliers, or even a pair of scissors. If none of those is available, you may even use a utility knife. Just apply enough pressure to the rubber coating of the wire to cut through them but not hard enough to cut through the copper wires. Using your pliers or your hands, pull away the rubber coating exposing the copper wires.
  • You will need to wrap one wire to one screw and tighten them using your screwdriver. You can then put the cover of the outlet and tighten the single screw.
  • Some lights need to be secured with one or two screws. Drill an eighth of an inch in the area you will be screwing your floodlight on. Once you hang the floodlight, secure in place by tightening the screw all the way. You can use a power driller for this or even a manual screw driver for softer materials, like wood.
  • You can then plug it to the socket directly and your flood light should work. If you want, you can also use a plug in 24 hour timer, which has knobs for hours, you want the light turned on. This way it will automatically open or close depending on the time of the day. This will be very useful for automation of turning the light on and off on a daily basis.

Installing a floodlight is an easy task and will be able to keep your garden or garage properly lit through the evening.


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