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Can LEDs Be Used For Outdoor Lighting?

Picture yourself sitting outside in the backyard by the fire with your best friends. It’s a comfortable summer night, you’ve got the music going and there’s nowhere in the world you’d rather be. Although summer may seem far away, it’ll be here before you know it and it’s time to get the yard in tip-top shape.

You’ve got lighting on the mind and you’re trying to figure out the best way to illuminate your outdoor living space and one question pops into mind: “Can I use LED light bulbs outside?”

The quick answer? Yes – you certainly can. Most LED lights are CE and/or UL listed for both indoor and outdoor use, but it’s important to read the packaging before you make a purchase.

A Few Things To Keep In Mind:

  • LED bulbs require much less energy to operate and last much longer than incandescent bulbs.
  • The bulbs aren’t the only things that need to be rated for outdoor use. Make sure your fixtures are, too.
  • All outdoor light fixtures should be installed by a professional electrician.
  • Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs) should be used outside.
  • If you must use an extension cord, know that they are only a temporary solution and that you should never string together more than one.
  • Keep flammable materials away from outdoor lighting and electrical equipment.

Are your outdoor electrical fixtures up to code? Need to reconfigure your landscape lighting? The expert electricians at Lon Lockwood Electric are here to help. Our experienced technicians will take care of the entire project from beginning to end to make sure you, your family and your home are all safe and sound.