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Safely Light Up Your Outdoor Space!

Looking to shed some light outside? Whether you’re looking to add a twinkle to your deck, wanting to see your grill after dark, or seeking extra security, there are multiple ways to light up your outdoor space. Let’s weigh the pros and cons to help you find the best way that fits your needs.


Plug In Lights

Pros: The simplest and easiest way to brighten things up is as easy as plugging in a strand of string lights into an exterior outlet. Most building codes require a certain amount of outlets outside your home, and you’ll usually be able to find at least one near the front and back doors. With splitters, extension cords, or remote-plug ins, you can take full advantage of the outlets you have access to. 


Cons: If you decide to use extension cords, be sure to check that they are intended for outdoor use and be careful with how you utilize them. If used improperly, cords can not only be a trip hazard, but can pose worse risks like fire or shock hazards. 


Solar Lights

Pros: If an outlet isn’t accessible or you’re looking for something a little different, solar powered outdoor lights offer a variety of choices. Without wires or battery packs, they’re good for the environment and easy to place. From floodlights to path lights, you should be able to find the light for you without the stress of tangled cords or far-away outlets. 


Cons: Solar lights are easy and eco-friendly, but their placement is key. They need to have access to adequate sunlight to store power, which can even be impacted by weather if clouds obscure the amount of sunlight the receptors can gather. 


Wired Lights

Pros: Hardwiring outdoor lighting to its own circuit will give you the most consistent power source without the extra elements like outlets, extension cords, or the sun. This is a great option for your outdoor spaces, as it is more than a temporary option, can reach harder spaces like sheds and patios without the need of an outlet, and you won’t have to worry about hiding any ugly extension cords. 

Cons: DIY isn’t an option for wiring your outdoor space. To ensure your lighting looks great and works safely and properly, you’ll need a licensed electrician to do your wiring. But there’s a bright side to this con: Coffin Electric is here to help. Our team is made up of qualified licensed electricians who are happy to help you bring your vision of your outdoor space to life.