How to Wire Outdoor LED Flood Light

Installing exterior LED flood lights is a great way to add security, safety and nighttime curb appeal to your home. Whether you need extra light in dark corners of your yard, or around walkways or entrances, Outdoor LED flood lights are a great choice to illuminate and accent your property.

Choose Floodlight Locations  

Decide where you need more light at night. Lights installed near home entrances or garage doors are ideal, both for car and foot traffic. If you have a utility shed in a dark corner of your property, install a light there to deter any potential intruders looking for an opportunity.

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Use a ladder to reach the location where you will install the floodlight (the fixture should be installed highfor example, near the roofto provide effective coverage) and mark it with a piece of tape or a marker or pen.

Helpful Tips

If you have a large area that requires substantial amounts of light and you want to illuminate it with a single fixture, high-pressure sodium or metal halide security light is appropriate. A 70-watt sodium security light will illuminate more than 8,500 square feet, provide 6,300 lumens of light, and last up to 12 times longer than a standard incandescent floodlight. Most sodium and metal halide security lights come with a built-in photo control and the light will automatically turn on at dusk and turn off at dawn with no timers or switches.

LED security lights are a better option because they use less electricity and so are more energy-efficient, and have a longer lifespan than standard bulbs.

Find Nearby Power Source  

Locate a nearby power sourcefor example, an inside outlet or switch from which you can run wiring to the outside for the new light. Be sure the circuit you will tap into can handle the additional load from the new light. Turn off the circuit at the breaker box to help see what fixtures and switches are already on the circuit. The circuit load you use shouldnt exceed 80 percent of the total load capacity, meaning that with a 20-amp circuit, you should only be operating at 16 amps maximum. Total wattage in this case would be 2,400, with a safe wattage use of 1,920 watts. Add up the total wattage being used on the circuit to see if it can handle the extra output of the floodlight.

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If the wattage will exceed the maximum with the new light, you will have to either use a different power source or install a new circuit for the floodlight.

Prep the Fixture  

Use an electric drill and hole saw to cut a hole on the exterior of your house in the location you chose for your floodlight. Remember, the higher the floodlight is placed, the more effective it will be. Make the hole large enough to feed electrical cable through it to the junction box from which you will be feeding power to the fixture. Fish the electrical cable through the exterior hole to the junction box so that you can make the connection, using a fish tape.

Helpful Tips

If youre unsure of your electrical skills or your ability to fish the electrical cable through your walls, call in a professional for help.

Make sure youre completing the job in compliance with local codes and ordinances.

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Connect the wiring to the fixture as directed by the manufacturers instructions. Secure the fixture to the wall using the manufacturer-supplied hardware and an electric screwdriver.

Connect Power to the Fixture  

Turn off power to the circuit at the homes main electrical box. Verify that power is off using a high-voltage neon circuit tester in an outlet that is on the same circuit. If youre unsure, you can also shut off power to the entire house by turning off the main circuit breaker.

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Safety Alerts!

Never trust an inoperable light switch as a sign that the circuit has been deactivated.

Make sure the circuit is truly deadbefore touching any wires or terminals. Check for current again with a voltage tester before continuing to work.

Test the Light/Motion Detector  

Reactivate power to the circuit and step outside to make sure the light is on. If your floodlight has a motion-activated sensor, test that it is working as well. Remember to direct the floodlights toward the ground for optimum illumination.

Helpful Tip

When installation is complete, seal the area where the lights mount meets the wall with silicone caulk and a caulking gun to keep moisture out.

Good job! Youve installed outdoor floodlights and brought beautiful and reassuring light to your property.

ANTLUX’s outdoor led flood lights provide high performance, long lifespan, and energy savings for illuminating large commercial and industrial areas. It is a great replacement or upgrades choice for existing HPS or metal halide fixtures. Upgrading to LEDs can save your money in electricity bills, lower maintenance costs, and prevent light pollution.

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