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[ad#block]Electrical Question: I would like to install an outside flood light on the back side of my house so light will shine down on the backyard area. I would like to connect the light to a switch. How do I do this?

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2 Responses to “Installing Flood Lights for Outside”
  1. David says:

    I’m changing out my flood lights. When I take off the existing light fixture it is wired into the light itself. If I cut the breaker off to the lights is it safe to cut them or should I cut the main breaker off to the whole house at the breaker box?

  2. Dave Rongey says:

    Hi Dave,
    If the circuit to the light fixture has been positively identified then turning OFF that circuit should be enough. It’s a great idea to place e tag or note in then panel to let others know you are working on the circuit because the circuit may be power other fixtures or devices as well.
    Enjoy your floodlights!