Outside Porch Lights

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  1. QUESTION:
    How do I convert a porch light into an outlet so I can put up xmas lights outside?
    I read that there is a product I can buy that allows you to convert a porch light fixture into an outlet. I guess you screw it in like a light bulb. You can then both plug things into it and still screw in a light bulb.

    What is the brand name of this product? How does it work exactly? How much does it cost? And do I find it at a hardware store?

    • ANSWER:
      I wouldn’t do that. I don’t know what country you are in, but there are specific wiring rules for lights compared to outlets. It could be a safety risk or possibly void your insurance if something goes wrong. You are better off getting a safety oulet box and extension leads for your xmas lights.
  2. QUESTION:
    Is the landlord responsible for replacing outside porch lights on a fourplex?
    My daughter lives in a fourplex and the outside porch lights both back and front went out. I bought all of them for her and they cost me .00 because they are all flood lights. The back porch ones are made for outdoor uncovered and the front porch is covered. I don’t mind helping my daughter out. She called and I called her landlord to ask if they would replace them and we were told we had to do that and my daughter is worried about getting evicted if she complains or makes them replace such things because of the no cause law in Oregon.

    • ANSWER:
      Landlords are not responsible for burned out light bulbs
  3. QUESTION:
    How can I put christmas lights outside when I don’t have a plug outside?
    I also have big windows and so can’t use an extension code! (anybody can get in)

    i have not porch lights outside…..

    sorry ikno this is a dumb question!Please suggest some ways!

    • ANSWER:
      Hire an electrician to put a plug outside!!
  4. QUESTION:
    Is outside/porch lighting required on apartments in Texas? Where can I find this information?
    I’m trying to find out if porch lighting is required by law on rental properties in Texas. There is absolutely no lighting from the parking area to the entryway doors and it’s DARK!

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, they are required for emergency purposes, you can get an easy to fit, no wires required, solar light next to any door, if you have plenty of natural sunlight there. If not perhaps the owner will install a low voltage flood light for you. It is also a good idea for you to have some lighting at access points as it makes you feel more secure. It is a fact that intruders do not like well lit spaces so much as the dark ones. Try that angle with the property owner!!
  5. QUESTION:
    About a year ago our light switch to our outside porch light popped and now it doesn’t work.?
    When you try to flip it on it will not go up it goes back to the off position. How can I resolve this issue? Do I need to replace the switch?

    • ANSWER:
      Identify the breaker and replace the switch, this is a very cheap item.

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