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Old 10-12-2012, 01:12 PM   #1
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At my house that we moved into 10 months ago and have been renovating, there was a small addition put at the front door of the house, but they didn't put an external lighting fixture on it. So we want to get some light there. There's a walkway from the driveway to the front door that's about 15 feet long.

There is an external electrical outlet about 15 feet from the front door over by the garage, so I thought at the least we could use some landscape lighting. Will landscape lighting be adequate?

Or can I hijack that for an external light fixture?

Otherwise I am going to have to find some way to run romex out of the house, preferably involving a switch. But it will not be easy at all based on how it's set up.

I was thinking of a battery powered LED light maybe.

Any other ideas?

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if that external is an actual outlet you can grab 115V off it for a flood to paint the driveway but it will have to be a motion ON type.the outlet is a constant 115V not switched on.they have 24V light setups for a walk ways that are solar an pretty much bright enough for the walk but not the front.mounting a fixture above the door or on the side might work again all solar...on at dusk off at sunrise

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I'd be curious if this addition was ever permitted as a light by the door is a code requirement.
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Will landscape lighting be adequate?

Adequate for what...we would have no idea how much you would want to light up the area.

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Or can I hijack that for an external light fixture?
By its very design, you can obtain power from a working receptacle. Do you want to install a floodlight on this addition by your porch?? If so or regardless of what type of lighting you still need to route the power from this what you call a hijacked outlet to the location of your lighting device that you will need to install.

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I'd be curious if this addition was ever permitted as a light by the door is a code requirement.
Yup it's a bit fishy eh.
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if that external is an actual outlet you can grab 115V off it for a flood to paint the driveway but it will have to be a motion ON type.the outlet is a constant 115V not switched on.they have 24V light setups for a walk ways that are solar an pretty much bright enough for the walk but not the front.mounting a fixture above the door or on the side might work again all solar...on at dusk off at sunrise
Lots of trees so I am not sure if solar will work.
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Adequate for what...we would have no idea how much you would want to light up the area.



By its very design, you can obtain power from a working receptacle. Do you want to install a floodlight on this addition by your porch?? If so or regardless of what type of lighting you still need to route the power from this what you call a hijacked outlet to the location of your lighting device that you will need to install.
Good points. I had never even heard of low voltage lighting until yesterday. I think it's my best bet. Easy to install, cheap, it will illuminate the walkway, and you can get decorative ones (wife wants it to look nice).

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