During the warmer months, most people like to take their entertaining outside after a long winter stuck indoors. Accent lighting, waterfalls, outdoor speakers or entertainment centers can certainly add to the ambiance. If you don’t already have exterior electrical outlets, then you should consider new outlet installation. Learn more and bring the power of lighting and entertainment outdoors this season.
Can Any Outlet Be Installed Outdoors?
Only a ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) outlet can installed as an exterior outlet. The watertight cover on this outlet ensures water and debris don’t get into the outlet, thus decreasing the risk of electrical shock and fire. Also, with this type of outlet, when you plug something in, the GFCI outlet monitors the amount of power going to the device. If moisture would reach the outlet or connection, the GFCI detects the interruption in current and cuts the power. Some covers also have locks for extra protection against unwanted items touching the electrical outlet.
Are There Special Considerations for Exterior Electrical Outlets?
Position exterior electrical outlets in locations that individuals can access with ease. In terms of proper height and locations, your electrician must always refer to your local and national electric codes: for example, too low of an outlet install can mean it can be susceptible to rain. Always use the proper external mounting brackets provided with the outlet – otherwise moisture could get into the box, causing tripped breakers, melted outlets, or worse. Any wires that have to run outside the exterior wall must be installed inside PVC or exterior rated conduit. And of course, always install an outlet on walls or sturdy fence posts and never on trees or any flimsy material.
When you need exterior electrical outlets installed, hire an electrician you can trust. If you are looking for a residential electrician in Frederick County, Maryland, contact Tim Kyle Electric, Heating & Cooling. We have a 100% satisfaction guarantee for our residential electrical services. Plus we use only high-quality, contractor-grade materials. Contact us today for all your electrical needs.