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How to Install Outdoor Wall Sconces

Sep 16, 2020 | Installation Tips, Lighting Design, Outdoor lighting

Setting up new lights for your home’s exterior can considerably freshen up. Your home’s look and feel, and get some extra security at night. Knowing how to install outdoor wall sconces can help ensure you are equipped to make these changes to your home. At Expert Electric, we understand that not all lighting design and maintenance jobs are as straightforward as they might seem at first glance, and we are always ready to help you get your lighting installed safely and correctly.

How to Install Outdoor Sconce Lighting: a few things are essential to remember when installing lighting outdoors. Before working on a lighting circuit, turn off all power at your breaker box. Ensure you only use lighting sconces for outdoor use, as moisture can be a significant issue with electrical fixtures when improperly installed outside. If you are simply replacing a sconce, the procedure is relatively straightforward; however, if you are installing a light fixture in a place where there was not one previously, this procedure can be a bit more involved, and you should call a professional electrician to help you.

Remove the Old Sconce

Check once again to ensure the power to the circuit you are working on is turned off, and then remove the light sconce. There should be a few small screw covers that can be pulled or unscrewed from the plate of the light fixture. From there, remove the screws holding the fixture to the wall. When you pull the fixture away from the wall, you should cut it free from any caulking sealing the edges. This should reveal a collection of wires. Untwist all of the wire nuts connecting the fixture wires to the wires coming out of the wall.

How to Install Outdoor Wall Sconces

Clean the Area Around the Mounting Plate

There will likely be caulking lines or other sealant around the light fixture’s mounting plate. Use a scraper to remove the sealant. Ensure you do not remove the paint unless you intend to repaint the area.

Install the New Mounting Plate

When installing a new wall sconce, replacing the old mounting plate with the new one provided with the fixture is essential. This mounting plate is specifically designed to accommodate the dimensions and requirements of the new sconce, ensuring a secure and proper fit.

Removing the existing mounting plate from the wall and disconnecting any electrical connections, if necessary. Once the old plate is removed, position the new mounting plate in its place, aligning it with the existing electrical box and ensuring it is level.

Secure the new mounting plate to the wall using screws or other fasteners provided with the fixture, ensuring it is firmly attached and stable. Carefully route any electrical wires through the appropriate openings in the mounting plate before securing them.

By installing the new mounting plate correctly, you lay the foundation for a successful installation of the wall sconce. This step ensures that the sconce is appropriately supported and positioned, allowing it to function effectively and safely while enhancing the aesthetic appeal of your space.

How to Install Outdoor Wall Sconces

Install the New Wall Sconce.

Attach the like-colored wires using the new wire nuts that should have come with your new light fixture. The ground wire may need to be attached to the mounting plate using the colored screw that came with the fixture. Once the cables are appropriately connected, attach the light sconce to the mounting plate.

Seal the perimeter of the sconce.

Use a clear silicone caulk to seal the area between the new light sconce and the wall to keep moisture from entering the circuit. Have paper towels handy to wipe away any excess sealant.

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At Expert Electric, we pride ourselves on delivering top-notch residential and commercial electrical services tailored to your unique needs. Whether you’re seeking to install outdoor lighting fixtures, upgrade your electrical panel, or troubleshoot electrical issues, our skilled technicians have the knowledge and experience to handle it all.

Don’t let the darkness dim your outdoor ambiance – trust Expert Electric to brighten up your space with professional outdoor wall sconce installations. Contact us today at 604-681-8338 to learn more about our services to schedule a consultation. Let us illuminate your outdoor environment and enhance the beauty and safety of your property. With Expert Electric, your lighting dreams become a brilliant reality!