How To Install External Lights

Installing external lights will make your home feel more secure while giving your summer garden parties some extra time. There are lots of outdoor lighting solutions, from candle-style solar-powered lights, to fairy lights, and wall-fitted lights. For the sake of this article, we will be focusing on how to install lights to your house wall.  Please note, we only recommend following these steps if you are a trained electrician; if not, phone one to do the work for you.

Before You Start

Firstly, you need to shut off your mains power before you start tinkering about with your electricals. You will need to remove the circuit fuse and put it somewhere safe or turn off the power breaker. Investing in a voltage tester will let you see if the circuit is safe to work on, and you can also use it afterward to check over your work. Further, unless you live alone, you should put up a sign telling people that you’re doing work on the circuit to avoid any unpleasant shocks.

As an extra precaution, you should find a steady ladder and inspect the house brickwork for any damages. You don’t want to do all the groundwork only to find you can’t put the light up. If you do find any damage, consider calling reputable builders like the guys over at

Drill Your Hole

Once you’ve worked out where your light is going, you need to find the corresponding spot inside. You need to drill a hole through the wall at a slight downward angle, using a ½ inch masonry drill bit, which will prevent any water from traveling into the house. Then, you need to line the hole with a plastic conduit and push your cable through.

Fitting the Junction Box

Now you need to fix the electrical box to the outside of your house, which will be flush against the surface. The wires need to be hooked up to the correct part inside the box and they then need screwing to the wall.

Through the Switch

If you want to install a switch, you need to make sure that it links up the fuse box as well as the junction box. This is why it’s important to ensure you have turned everything off before you start. For this step, you will need to use a length of 1mm2 two-core-and-earth cable.

Let There Be Light

Once all of the wires are hooked up to the correct fitting on the light, you can attach the light fixture to the junction box. Before you turn on the lights and find you’ve done something wrong and injure yourself, you need to take the voltage tester, isolate the circuit, and check all the points. Now, you can turn on your lights and hope for the best.

Although the task may seem complicated, it’s not too bad once you know-how. As long as you follow the safety guidelines, it doesn’t matter if you fail the first time around. After all, failure is a huge part of learning something new.

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