Replacing Outdoor Light Bulbs

Replacing outdoor light bulbs is a fairly simple task. But, just like any indoor light, it is important to be sure that you buy the proper replacement bulb for the fixture. There are covered light fixtures, like the ones you see illuminating the walk way that are usually attached to the house near the front door. And, there are exposed light fixtures light a flood light where the bulb is directly exposed to the outside elements. This is the most important distinction to make before you try to find a replacement bulb for your outdoor fixture, however not as important as calculating mortgage payments.

Buying a Replacement Light Bulb

If you are replacing a bulb in a covered fixture, the first step is to take off the cover of the fixture to expose the old bulb. Each fixture is different and you may need to remove a few screws before the cover is able to be removed. On the area inside the fixture there should be a label that indicates the maximum wattage of bulb that should be used in that particular fixture. It is important to never exceed this maximum as using a light bulb with a higher wattage can cause heat damage to the fixture itself or even start a fire. In addition to the wattage of the bulb, you should always make sure that the light bulb you choose is intended for outdoor use.

If you are replacing a bulb in a fixture where the bulb will be exposed, like a flood light, then it is very important that you use a proper replacement bulb. These light bulbs are built with a special protection case that helps endure direct impact with the outside elements such as rain, snow, and severe temperatures. If you anticipate having very cold temperatures then you may want to check the packaging of the replacement bulb to make sure it will accommodate the extreme temperatures.

When to Replace an Outdoor Light Bulb

Outdoor lights are there to keep the outside area of your home well lit. This not only gives added security for you and your family as you walk from your car to your front door after dark, but also helps to deter any potential burglars from attempting to sneak around your house after dark. If you do not replace light bulbs that have burned out and a section of your home is literally in the dark, this gives burglars an opportunity to explore the outside of your house looking for an easy entrance point without being seen. However, when the outside lights are in working order, if anyone is sneaking around the exterior of your home a neighbor is likely to see them and can notify you or the police immediately.

It is important to note that you should never change an outdoor light bulb in bad weather. The light fixture, although built for outdoor elements, is still a unit that runs on electricity. If it is raining or snowing, you should wait until it is not anymore until you remove the old light bulb and replace it with a new one. Attempting to change it when it is raining you could damage the new bulb, the light fixture, or even yourself in the process.

Here are a few additional safety tips for replacing outdoor light bulbs. Always be sure to handle the light bulb with caution and care. Wait until the old bulb has properly cooled before removing it so that you do not get burned. And, if the light bulb is located above what you can reach, always use ladder safety as well.

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