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Why Aren’t My Outdoor Lights Turning On?

Ever flip on a switch for an outdoor light only to realize it won’t turn on? It’s easy to blame the elements outside, but believe it or not, it’s usually not the weather that caused the problem. It’s typically a simple fix that most homeowners can tackle on their own. See below to find out why your outdoor lights aren’t turning on:

Physical Damage to the Fixture

  • First, look for any signs of physical damage. Replace the fixture if you notice severe damage.
  • If there’s no physical damage, check the wiring and connections.
  • Check the switch and outlet for damage as well.

Bad Lightbulbs

  • Lightbulb on white table with white background.Check the wire filament — sometimes they break, which can cause the light to go out.
  • Make sure the lightbulb is the correct size and type. LEDs and halogen lamps typically work best outside.
  • Double-check the recommended wattage or lumens. If the lightbulb is too powerful for the fixture, it could cause severe problems.

Tripped Circuit

  • Go to the circuit panel and look for any circuits that may have flipped.
  • If no circuits seem to be flipped, it may be a fault breaker or blown fuse.
  • It’s best to call an electrician if you can’t identify the issue right away.

At Lon Lockwood Electric, our electricians are well-trained, highly experienced, and have a comprehensive knowledge of all types of residential electrical systems. You can rely on us to get the job done for any kind of residential electrical service.

Call (585) 766-4702 today for expert service.