Outdoor Light Wiring: Should You Be Concerned?

Feb 22, 2023 9:25:07 AM

Are you thinking about tackling DIY outdoor lighting for your Memphis property? 

If so, you should know that there is some risk involved. After all, you’re dealing with electricity. When it comes to wiring outside lights, the last thing that you want to worry about is a mistake that could detract from your results….or even worse…a mistake that could put you in harm’s way or even create a fire hazard. 

In this article, we’ll dive into how dealing with outdoor electrical wiring is something that is best left to the pros. 

The Risks of Installing Outdoor Lighting Fixtures

Just like interior electrical writing, exterior wiring for outdoor lights comes with some risk (if you don’t know what you’re doing). 

Poor wire connections or faulty grounding can put you or your family in danger…and cause you hassles and headaches that can be expensive to fix. 

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While people might assume that an outdoor lighting job is simple to complete, there’s typically more know-how with outdoor electrical wiring than people tend to realize. It’s not uncommon for people to realize they’re in over their heads when tackling a DIY outdoor lighting job.

In fact, because exterior wiring is exposed to the elements, there are different challenges to contend with when wiring outside lights. Moisture is the enemy of wiring and you want to make sure that you take precautions. It’s essential that the circuit is completely waterproof so that moisture does not impact your lighting. 

While today’s LED lighting is a lot safer than old halogen lights (they run “cooler” temperature-wise), outdoor lighting that is wired improperly can still create unnecessary risks. After all, it’s not just the lights themselves that can cause a fire. It is also the wiring used to connect to the circuit. 

It’s also possible to overload the transformer if you don’t know how to handle outdoor electrical wiring. 

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While LED lighting is definitely designed for safety, that doesn’t mean that it’s entirely foolproof. If installed incorrectly, LED lights can still cause problems. This is why it’s so important to ensure that your lights are installed by a skilled professional. 

It’s simply not worth the risk of having problems. 

With a Landscape Lighting Pro, You Gain Peace of Mind

The good news is that when a professional is handling your outdoor electrical wiring, you don’t have to worry. A skilled landscape lighting professional will know how to ensure that your lighting is wired properly and installed properly so that it functions as it was meant to.

With a highly trained pro, you’ll avoid potentially dangerous mistakes that could lead to faulty lighting and fire hazards. That means that you’ll gain peace of mind.

But on top of that, you’ll also get better results. 

A big problem with DIY outdoor lighting is that you’ll be using subpar, store-bought lighting materials that simply aren’t going to deliver the results of a pro. 

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Even a detail as seemingly small as the light “placement” can make a tremendous difference in your results. If you have ever pulled into a home that had poorly placed lights and been “blinded” by those lights, you know exactly what we are talking about. 

There is a noticeable difference between a DIY job and one that was professionally done. If you’re going to invest in outdoor lighting, it makes sense to get it right. If you don’t, you run the risk of having potential problems down the road that could end up costing you more money.

Let Us Handle Your Outdoor Electrical Wiring and Let Go of the Worries

When it comes to wiring outside lights, you don’t want to worry. You just want everything to function as it was meant to, without any concerns that things are unsafe. 

Fortunately, when you work with a skilled professional, you truly will gain peace of mind. 

Of course, the keyword is “skilled.” Even some so-called landscape lighting “pros” only do this type of work as an add-on service. They might own a landscaping business and they do just do lighting from time to time. 

But at Mid South Night Lights, lighting is all that we do. For that reason, we know all of the proper techniques and are committed to staying up to date on best practices. We prioritize safety in everything that we do.


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If you choose Mid South Night Lights for your outdoor lighting project, we are ready to help you maximize the enjoyment and use of your outdoor areas with a properly installed landscape lighting design that is customized for you. 

Are you ready to create a beautiful property with the best LED lighting technology at any hour of the day? If so, let’s meet and discuss some bright ideas.


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