How to Install Outdoor Garage Lights Without Pre-Drilling: 10 Steps
As a professional industrial led lighting suppliers, I know how to install outdoor garage lights without pre-drilling. In this article, I’ll share with you 10 steps to help you accomplish this task.
Step 1: Buy the right light fixture
First, you need to choose the right light fixture. Look for a fixture that is marked for outdoor use and can handle the climate in your area. Consider the style and size of the fixture as well – you need to choose a fixture that will work well with your home and fit into the overall design. When purchasing a fixture, make sure it has a mounting bracket that fits your garage.
Step 2: Prepare tools and materials
Before you start the installation, you need to prepare some necessary tools and materials. These tools and materials include
- Screwdrivers and pliers
- Hand drill and drill bit
- Hole punch locator or pencil
- Wire winders or wire strippers
- Wire sleeves
- Light fixture mounting brackets
- Screws and wall anchors
Step 3: Measure and Position
Using a hole punch locator or pencil, mark the location of the fixture on the exterior wall of the garage. Before marking the location, make sure that the location will not interfere with the operation of the garage door and that the fixture is high enough to avoid anyone accidentally hitting it.
Step 4: Drilling
Using a hand drill and a drill bit, drill holes in the marked locations. Make sure the size of the drill bit you use matches the size of the screws in the fixture mounting bracket.
Step 5: Install the fixture bracket
Place the fixture bracket on the exterior garage wall and secure it in place with screws and wall anchors. When securing the bracket, make sure the screws are sized to match the drill bit you are using.
Step 6: Connect the wires
Pull the wires through the center hole of the fixture bracket and into the interior of the garage. Use a wire winder or wire stripper to strip the ends of the wires, then thread the wire sleeves through the ends of the wires.
Connect the black wire to the black wire of the fixture, the white wire to the white wire of the fixture, and the green or bare wire to the ground wire of the fixture. Use wire snaps to secure the wires to the fixture bracket, making sure the wires are firmly in place.
Step 7: Install the fixture
Insert the fixture into the screws on the fixture bracket and secure it in place with a screwdriver. Make sure the fixture is securely fastened to the exterior garage wall and level.
Step 8: Install the light bulb
Now you are ready to install the light bulb. Select a bulb that meets the requirements of the fixture and insert it into the fixture. In outdoor you can choose a led track lighting or led downlights, as you like.
Step 9: Test the fixture
Before turning on the power, test for power on the wires with a voltage tester. After making sure the fixture is wired correctly and the power is stable, turn on the power and test the fixture to see if it is working properly. If everything is OK, turn off the power.
Step 10: Finish
You have now successfully installed an outdoor garage light and no pre-drilling is required. Pick up your tools, clean up your work area, and enjoy your new light!
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- How do you install a light without existing wiring?
Use plug-in lighting fixtures
Installing plug-in lights does not need existing electrical wires, you can do it as long as you have an electrical outlet and can install a hook in the ceiling joists wherever you need to fix the lights. The hook is just to hold the fixture in place.
- Do outside lights need to be on their own circuit?
Ideally, the supply to the garden lighting installation should be an independent circuit with an independent RCD/RCBO so that, if tripping issues do occur, they don’t affect the rest of the installation.
- Is it safe to install a light without a ground wire?
Strictly speaking, grounding your light fixtures isn’t necessary in all cases. However, it’s a good idea as it makes your light fixture safer and reduces the risk of injury. Metal light fixture boxes should always be grounded where you install the fixture.
- How can I get power outside without an outlet?
Using a heavy-duty extension cord enables handling of the right amount of electricity needed to pass long distances compared to regular cords. Some extension cords are specifically meant for outdoor lighting and have inbuilt waterproof plugs.
- What are the lights outside the garage called?
Garage lights are also sometimes referred to as coach lights or even LED outdoor garage light fixtures. These exterior wall lights can be positioned either side of a garage overhead door or on either side of a doorway.
- What happens if you don’t connect ground wire?
Without grounding, power surges or equipment damage could render electrical circuits dangerous or destructive. They could damage attached electrical appliances, shock nearby people, or even start fires. Grounding is an important safety feature for any structure’s electrical system.
- Can you use battery operated lights outside?
To answer the question “can you use battery-powered lights outdoors?” is obviously yes. They can be far better than the traditional outdoor lights that need electric wiring and outlets. That is why battery-powered outdoor lights are more convenient and economical in the long run.
- What is a keyless garage light?
A keyless light fixture is a lamp holder that relies on a remote control rather than a pull chain or a push-rod at the socket to turn it on and off. It is mainly used in residential areas but can also be used in commercial buildings and businesses.
- Do you need a mounting block for exterior lights?
Anything destined for an outside wall—light fixtures, outlet boxes, and dryer vents—should be attached to a mounting block that rests against the sheathing to keep water from getting past the fixture and underneath the siding.
- Is it OK to leave outside lights on all night?
Should you leave outdoor lights on at night? No, leaving lights on can make intruders think that you’re not home. Use a motion sensor light that turns on when you, or anyone else, comes near so you have light only when you need it.