How to Safely and Effectively Install Exterior Lighting

Creating a home that is not only comfortable but has curb appeal is a never-ending project. Just when you finish one job or renovation, it seems there are 10 more on the to-do list that you can move on to. One project you may be planning on tackling this summer is installing exterior lighting.

Exterior lighting helps to provide that all-important curb appeal, but it also serves a functional purpose, making the exterior usable even at night, and of course providing a sense of safety and security.

So, before you jump into your exterior lighting project, here are some tips that will ensure you’re able to do so in a safe and effective manner.

Electrical Work Shouldn’t be Taken Lightly

Any time you are tackling an exterior electrical project, it’s important to take it seriously and ensure you’re well informed before the project begins. There is a whole lot that can go wrong when you’re working with voltage; some of it can have very serious and dire consequences. 

Just take a look at this blog,, on stray voltage in exterior light poles and the harm it can do. Stray voltage can occur when volt loads are unbalanced, grounding conditions aren’t ideal, the equipment is defective, there are faulty connections, and more. 

You can easily apply those same warning signs to your home exterior lighting project, which is why you need to be very careful and methodical if you’re working with electrical wiring.

Opt for Solar Lights – a Simple and Safe Solution


What if you just don’t feel comfortable with electrical work outside? Well that doesn’t mean you have to give up on your exterior lighting project, as there are plenty of solar options available. In fact, homeowners often use a blend of both types of lighting – solar and hard-wired – for the ultimate look. 

Besides solar lighting not needing any type of installation or experience, you also have the flexibility to place it anywhere in your yard, garden, on a deck or patio, wherever you like. There won’t be any unsightly cords to worry about. Just make sure it is located in a spot that gets enough direct sunlight to charge it up.

Draw Out Your Plan First

Now before you go placing lights all over the place without much thought, it’s a good idea to draw up a plan or a design. This gives you an idea of what key areas you want lighting in, and how many lights you’ll need.

Vary the Styles, Shapes, and Sizes of Lighting

Another pro tip is to use variety in the lights you choose. Opting for one style and then carrying it throughout your entire project can end up looking a bit dull. Instead, play around with different shapes, styles, and sizes of lighting. You can create flow by making sure they are the same finish or lightbulb color.

Enjoy Your Hard Work

After following these tips, all you need to do is sit back and enjoy the fruits of your labor, taking in the beauty of your home’s exterior.