3 Questions To Ask When It Comes To Exterior Wiring


Need to power an outdoor outlet? Need electricity for landscaping? Need lights near the front door or back deck for safety and security? Then you’re going to need exterior wiring and there are some questions you should ask before thinking about tackling the project.


  1. Are there local codes, restrictions or regulations on outdoor wiring? Your contractor should know the answer to this question, but it’s always helpful to double check. Sometimes towns have their own rules and you’ll want to make sure you obtain all necessary permits.
  2. How does the power run from inside to outside? Wires and electrical power need to come from somewhere and that “somewhere” usually means inside your home. To go about bringing power outside, you can either tap into an existing circuit, have a new circuit installed or run a low-voltage outdoor lighting system. No matter which option you choose, we highly recommend leaving the job to a professional electrician.
  3. Are the neighbors going to get angry? Before you go out and purchase bright lights for the outside of your home, think about how the neighbors are going to react. Try to place them in areas where they won’t shine on your neighbors’ houses or cast a glare on anyone passing by.

One more thing to keep in mind is that weatherproof outlets, bulbs and fixtures are a MUST. Don’t think you can bring any indoor electrical fixture and leave it out in the elements.

For more information about exterior wiring, call on the professionals at GEN3 Electric. We have years of experience when it comes to lighting up your yard and would love to help with your project. Give us a call at 215-512-4102 today!

About The Author

Bill earned a degree in Electrical Engineering and Architecture, then founded Generation 3 Electric in 2000. His father, an electrician, was his inspiration. These days, Bill actively manages his company and enjoys focusing on new technology and marketing.