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Protecting Outdoor Lighting Fixtures From The Elements

by Zack Gilbert

Outdoor lighting fixtures make outdoor spaces much more usable. However, one of the downsides of this installation is that it is also vulnerable to the elements if you do not take the necessary steps to protect it. 

Choose The Right Location

The best way to protect outdoor lighting fixtures is to place them in the right locations.Place the lights in locations where the rain is less likely to reach them. For example, if you have an awning, place the lights underneath it. Placing the lights close to your front door will not only help protect them from moisture, but it is also ideal for motion-activated lights that will be less likely to activate due to their location, which can help you save money on energy costs. 

Use Solar

The type of materials that the lights are made out of also plays a major role in how resistant to the elements your lights are. Solid brass fixtures are ideal of your home is near a location with a lot of humidity and salt. Spun aluminum is ideal for non-coastal areas because it contains impurities that would cause it to break down in these areas. Solid copper is another material that survives well in salty areas, but copper is valuable and there is a risk that someone may try to steal your fixtures. The worst option for light fixtures are those made out of PVC because they will eventually crack.


Solar lights do not use wires, so you do not have to worry about them shorting out and you also do not have to worry about the wires corroding. These are lights that are usually used to illuminate pathways. The lights are also good for lowering energy costs because they absorb the energy of the sun all day, which is used to power the lights at night. Another type of light that is resistant to rain are LED lights. These are sealed lights that are powered by batteries. The only downside is that you will periodically need to go out to change the batteries. The great thing about these lights is that you can control the degree to which they illuminate your home by how many you place.

Run Wires Through The Wall

Avoid having wires exposed. Instead, run wires through an exterior wall of your home. This will allow for the wires to be adequately protected and will also eliminate the eyesore.