how to install outdoor light fixture.

Installing a light fixture can be a tough job. But if you have a little bit of knowledge on how to work with electrical wire you can do it yourself. This guide is here to make you understand how easy of a job it is. We are assuming you already got the best outdoor solar spotlight to use.

how to install outdoor light fixture.

What is the use of porch light? It is to make sure you get enough light at your front yard during the night. As the light will be turned on during the whole night, thieves may turn away when they see you still wake.

It can also work to improve your front gate. It can work as a decoration. The potential is infinite.

Step 1:

Gather the tools and necessary stuff.

Tools that you will need.

  • Voltage tester
  • Drill
  • 1/4-inch bit
  • Jigsaw
  • Drywall saw
  • Screwdriver
  • Strippers
  • Long-nose pliers
  • Lineman’s pliers
  • Fish tape

Step 2:

Using the Drill machine drill a hole in the place where your workbox will be installed.

By using the 1//4″ drill bit to drill the center. It will work as your pilot hole. You should use a bent wire and check that the box is not positioned over or too near a stud.

Step 3:

Now that you made your pilot hole use your workbox as a template and draw around that box.

Remember to centralize the workbox.

Once you are drawn to the outside of the workbox, use your saw to cut around that template.

Step 4:

Now is the time to install the workbox. We are assuming you are installing it inside a wooden frame and cut according to the template. Once you have a big enough hole inside the wooden frame then proceed to place it. You can also use a workbox outside of the frame. That way they may look a little ugly but will save your time from cutting a giant hole.

Step 5:

Place your workbox inside the giant hole that you created. And proceed to screw it in. There may be more than 1 screw to work with. Remember to screw it tightly and use all the screws.

Step 6:

Before you wire the switches, use the fish tape to pull out switch cable. Pull it out as far as you can. You can store the extra wire inside the box don’t worry about that. Strip 8 inches of sheathing and clamp the box. Then proceed to install the box.

If you have two lights follow the same procedure on both sides.

Step 7:

Now time to mount the mounting strap. Strip the individual wires. Remove about 3/4 inches of insulation. Check the light fixture box, it should have the mounting strap. If it doesn’t you need to buy one. Attach the mounting strap in such a way that mounting bolt holds the fixture.

Step 8:

Now we come to the risky part. Please make sure that the power switch is turned off.

Because now we will be doing the wiring part. After you turned off the power switch use the voltage tester to check if there is any electricity in the wire. You can support the fixture with a wire coat hanger. Connect the ground wire first. Splice black wire with black and white wire with white.

Show your folding skills and fold the wires inside the box. You can use a zip tie to tidy it up.

Step 9:

Install the fixture. There should be mounting bolts on the mounting plate. Use those to install the fixture. After you installed it screw it in tight. Once done you can now caulk around the base and install the switch.

After you have done this install the bulb go back inside and turn on the power switch. Come back outside and turn on the fixture switch. See if the bulb lights up. If it does congratulations you have done it.

If it doesn’t go back inside turn off the power switch and open up the box. See if there is any wire loose inside. If there is reconnect them and use electric tape to seal the deal.

What it does is make the wire shockproof and solidifies the joint. Reconnect the fixture screw in everything and test again. It should work. Unless you decided to go pro and stopped following the steps in order.


However, the guide is not only for indoor spotlight installation. You can also install a spotlight in your indoor Link Kitchen, Drawing Room, Living Room, and so on. And when you want to set up this Drawing room you need to find out a fantastic place to set up. A proper spotlight can be decorating your Kitchen and for that, you need to make some kitchen decoration ideas too.

After all, if you can install the solar spotlight outdoors you can easily install it indoors without any electrician or plumbers.

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