Most homeowners care about their own safety whenever they are within the vicinity of their residence. That explains why a lot of people add outdoor lighting, not only for aesthetics or as part of architectural design, but also to feel safe. A well-lighted exterior keeps your house, family, pets, and guests safe.
With that in mind, it follows that you need to think about outdoor lighting safety whatever lighting fixture you install outside the home. This is especially true if you decide to install a driveway motion detector outside. It means that the lights, power cords, controls and other attachments or accessories for outdoor lighting are installed with safety as the primary concern.
Whether you're installing permanent or temporary lighting setup around the house, be guided by these outdoor lighting safety tips to prevent any unwanted incident.
Choose the right outdoor lighting fixtures. Lighting fixtures are not created equal. Some are meant to be outdoor mainstays while others are designed to remain inside the house. Then there are those which are part of the system comprising wireless driveway alarms. Be sure to purchase a lighting fixture that is designed and built for outdoor installation. If you want a light at your front door steps, get one that is rated for damp location because even if there's a roof over the area it's still exposed to hot and cold moisture. A lighting fixture installed in an area without roof needs higher rating to be able to take the harsh beatings of elements outside the house.
Use the right wattage. When you buy lighting fixtures, read what the label says about the maximum wattage. It's there for a purpose and you need to respect what it says. If it indicates 60w or 100w, use a 60w or 100w light bulb. Disregarding this important instruction will overheat the wiring, causing damage that can be massive in scale.
Use outdoor extension cords. The extension cords you use indoors have different features and they are not made to be wet. Outdoor extension cords are sturdy and they can definitely stand up to be exposed to the conditions outside.
Consider the location. Outdoor lighting safety does not only concern the fixtures but also the location where you plan to install them. Like anything that emits light, outdoor lighting can easily generate heat thus it is important to keep them away from flammable materials. Most secured homes have outdoor lighting fixtures installed in areas where entry to the house is possible.
Cover outdoor receptacles. If there's an outdoor receptacle installed in some damp locations outside the house, place a cover to protect it especially when not in use. These covers are marked as "suitable for damp locations" and have a trap door that closes when nothing is plugged to it. If the outdoor receptacle is not under a roof or without protective cover, get an "in-use" cover to keep the receptacle dry even when it's raining.
Use non-metal, non-binding materials to attach temporary lights. If you're hanging holiday lights, use plastic cable ties to attach them to a post or wall. Avoid anything that has metal in it. Aside from being an electric conductor, the metal can potentially damage the wires.
These are some outdoor lighting safety measures you can implement when you install permanent or temporary lighting fixtures outside the house. Keep in mind that your goal for installing outdoor lighting is household safety; thus, you need to make sure the lights can do its job well.