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How to Install Exterior Lighting Fixtures

By Dave Rongey - Summary:

How to Install Outdoor Light Fixtures: Light fixture box and new light fixture wiring. I want to replace an old outdoor light fixture with a new one. Does an exterior light fixture need to have a support box?

Wiring an Outdoor Light Fixture

Electrical Question: I want to replace an old outdoor light fixture with a new one. Does an exterior light fixture need to have a support box?

This electrical wiring question came from: Scott, a Property Manager from Cambridge, MA.

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical wiring question Scott.

How to Install Outdoor Light Fixtures

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Application: Install Outdoor Light Fixture.
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced – Best Installed by a Licensed Electrical Contractor or Certified Electrician.
Tools Required: Basic Electricians Tool Pouch of Electrical Tools, and Voltage Tester, Fiberglass Ladder.
Estimated Time: Depends on personal level experience working with electrical wiring, the number of lights that will be replaced or installed and access to the light fixtures.
Precaution: Identify the lighting circuit or power source, turn it OFF and  Tag it with a Note before working with the electrical wiring and light fixture connections.
Notice: Installing additional electrical wiring for outdoor lighting should be done according to local and national electrical codes with a permit and be inspected.

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