DIY Installation Guide: LED Security Flood Lighting

As the name connotes, flood lights can “flood” a wide area with light which is ideal for illuminating dark corners of your yard, swimming pool, or driveway. Installing outdoor lighting in the exterior of your home is a great way for you to add security, safety, as well as some curb appeal to your property. LED or light emitting diode flood lights are a more energy efficient lighting option compared to traditional fluorescent light fixtures. LEDs may cost a bit higher when you purchase them, but in the long run they prove to save you more money as they lower your energy consumption and also because they have a longer lifespan. Here is a simple guide to installing LED security flood lights:


The first thing to do when working on a lighting project is to shut off the main power and make sure that it remains off until after you have completed the wiring project. Working around a live power source while wiring the boxes that will house the LED bulbs is a dangerous thing to do. By shutting the power off and keeping it off during the wiring process, you are assured that you can safely complete this project without any power surge or other hazards that may affect your electricity.



The next step would be to choose the location where you want to install your flood light. You can attach these to your garage, outside your home overlooking the patio, or along the fence post to fill your yard with bright lighting. Once you have decided on where to place the light switch, cut a hole in the wall then fix the wiring through the electrical switch box.


There are two ways to get power to your switch. One is by running a wire to the nearest plug outlet. You may also wire directly to a breaker if you want to run the light on its own circuit. Then, run the wire through to the breaker box. Make sure that the wires inside the light box match the corresponding wires in your home’s electrical circuit. Match the red wire with the red wire, black wire with the black wire, and cap any green or neutral ground wire from the light box or your home’s electrical circuit. Use plastic electrical caps if necessary to attach and tape negative and positive wires to avoid moisture or liquid from getting into the electrical circuit.


After you are done with wiring, the next step is to install the flood light.  Run the wire out to where you will be installing the LED security flood lights. Then bring the wire in through the electrical box. Strip the wire back at least one inch then twist the matching wires together from the flood light to the power supply. Using the supplied hardware, fasten the flood light onto the electrical box then connect the light switch. You can now restore the power at the main circuit board.


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