Outdoor House Illumination - Landscaping & Lawn Care - DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum

Go Back   DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum > Home Improvement > Landscaping & Lawn Care


Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 04-22-2008, 10:02 PM   #1
Join Date: Apr 2008
Posts: 1
Rewards Points: 10

Outdoor House Illumination

We have three up-pointing flood lights that illuminate our house at night. Whenever it rains or the sprinklers go off, the water gets to the contact point between the light bulb and the fixture and my 7-year light bulbs blow after about a month! I have tried rubber gaskets and silicone but neither seem to keep out the water.

Does anyone know of a water resistant fixture that can prevent, or at least delay, water from getting in? I have seen halogen floods that appear to be water resistant but they warn of very high temperatures and we have bushes that essentially rub against these fixtures.

Very much appreciate any recommendations!


tlmattison is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-26-2008, 04:36 AM   #2
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Bay Area, CA
Posts: 68
Rewards Points: 75

Are both the fixtures and the bulbs rated for outdoor use?

Some bulbs look like outdoor floodlights, but are rated for indoor use only.

AND - my 90watt floodlights do not burn my house down when they contact the bamboo leaves that brush up against them. (I sat and watched them stay on for 8 hours, while I drank beer......checking them for fire hazards)

My lights are never on that long, but the beer was damn good.

(And the wife got a brand new excuse as to why I couldn't help with the grocery shopping, due to my "home improvement" skills.)


I ask the stupid questions.....but I expect the smart answers.

Last edited by Wanttodoitright; 04-26-2008 at 04:44 AM.
Wanttodoitright is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-26-2008, 08:26 AM   #3
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 948
Rewards Points: 1,274

Could you post a picture of these fixtures? I'm invisioning typical standard par sockets mounted on w/p boxes, designed to hold outdoor par floods. Do not use thinwalled indoor par lamps in these sockets.
LawnGuyLandSparky is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Top of Page | View New Posts


Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.1