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Wiring for an Outdoor Light and Outlet

How Can I Wire an Outdoor GFCI Circuit for Outlets and Lighting: Install an outlet on a lamp post near the driveway: GFCI Wiring Connections for Outside Outlet and Lighting

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2 Responses to “Wiring for an Outdoor Light and Outlet”
  1. jim says:

    I’m installing a photo eye sensor on a pole light that also has an outlet. After I connected everything, I still have a Green wire from the outlet and a Ground wire from the light topper. Do these two wires get connected along with the white wires or do they get wired together just by themselves?

  2. Dave Rongey says:

    Hi Jim, Great Question,
    A green wire or bare copper wire are ground wires which are connected together with the ground wire of the circuit which provides the power. The outlet at this outdoor location should be GFCI protected as well.
    I hope this helps,