One of the ways you can improve the front view or curb appeal of your home is by changing the porch lights or adding more. Although this is easier said than done, especially when you want to engage in DIY methods. Still, you can relax knowing that the tips in this guide have got you covered.
Why are Porch Lights Necessary?
OK, this question seems unnecessary, but we’ll discuss the answers all the same. These lighting devices add to the beauty, security, and safety of your home. Visitors are clearly seen at night before they’re allowed entry, the steps are well-illuminated, and you get to have a sense of security too.
A List of Things You (May) Need for Your DIY Porch Light Installation
- Fish tape
- Lineman’s pliers
- Long-nose pliers
- Drywall saw
- ¼-inch bit
- Voltage tester
What to Keep in Mind
You need to install an interior switch that you’ll supply power to. The light has to be hung, and a cable box is also necessary. This guide will put you through each step until you’re finally able to use a fully installed porch light.
Installing Your Porch Light
Drill a hole with theused of a quarter inch bit and use a bent wire to verify the box’s closeness to a stud. Ensure that it’s not. If you’re certain that there are no cables or pipes in the wall, you can trace the box outline on the side. Cut to create an opening on the box with your jigsaw.
Now it’s time for the work box installation. Use a fish tape to tug out the cable out via the fixture box’s opening. Make sure you strip about 8 inches worth of insulation away from the cable before clamping it right in to the box. Of course, the box can now be installed. Fix the second box by running cable if you’re going for two lights.
Let’s just say you’re half-way there by now in terms of the steps in the entire installation process. The mounting strap, which comes with the light fixture, can be attached by stripping about three fourths of an inch of insulation out of the individual wires. Make sure the mounting bolts have been well-placed to support the fixture.
You’re almost there. How does going DIY feel? Proceed by ensuring that your home’s power source has been turned off. Use a wire hanger to hold the fixture. Connect the wires based on color compatibility and fold them into the box. It’s now time for the installation of the fixture right into the mounting bolts.
The last few steps involve caulking right around the base, wiring the switch, fixing a bulb, and testing the entire installation. Did the light come on? Great. Oh, remember to put on the house’s power source before the test.
It’s advisable to use a programmable switch for the sake of security and convenience. With such features, you’ll be able to set a timer for the light to switch itself on and off. Now you can step back to admire the work you just did and the added beauty it’s giving your home.…