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How To Fix Outdoor Light Problems

How do I fix an outdoor light that is not working right? How to Repair Outdoor Light Problems, Typical Light Fixture Problems to Look for.

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Electrical Question: How do I fix an outdoor light that is not working right?

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Repair Outdoor Light Fixture Problems

Application: Troubleshooting a Problem with an Outside Light Fixture Circuit.
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced – Best performed by a Licensed Electrician.
Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools and Voltage Tester.
Estimated Time: Depends on personal level experience, ability to work with hand tools and electrical troubleshooting skills.
Precaution: Identify the lighting circuit, turn it OFF and then Tag it with a Note before performing any wiring or inspections.

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2 Responses to “How To Fix Outdoor Light Problems”
  1. Greg says:

    Hi. I have an LED exterior light with dusk/dawn detector that I installed. It has worked since I installed it, but all of a sudden, it doesn’t illuminate anymore. It does have power at night as I can see that the lights are on, but it does not put out any power to make it bright. Would the problem be the LED’s are no longer working?


  2. Dave Rongey says:

    Hi Greg,
    If possible, swap out the LED bulb with a new one and see if the light begins to work. If the light does not work then most likely there is an internal fault within the light fixture.
    I hope this helps,