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Old 08-21-2011, 03:05 PM   #1
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The side an back of my house is very dark at night. Dark to the point where i pretty much almost tripped over a skunk last week taking out the garbage (luckily it ran away instead of spraying).

The front side of my house has an outdoor outlet with some conduit running into the ground for my front coach light. These two are the only things currently on the circuit. This box needs to be upgraded to plastic and GFI so I thought I could also run a line inside conduit up to the side and back of this side of the house to install some motion sensor lights that will activate automatically at darkness. I'd install an outdoor (pool pump type) switch as well so I could turn them off for changing bulbs etc.

Does anyone have any suggestions or comments on this?

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Make sure that you secure the proper permits when you go to do this.

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Okay. But i want to know exactly what I'm going to do first...do you have experience doing this sort of thing and can give some advice?
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I have self contained battery powered, charged by solar, lights along the back of my house - motion sensing, know to stay off during the day.

Works well. No wiring required.
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You will have to just pull permits Jeremy for the electrical work. As for those solar powered with the batteries, they do not do much in lighting up unless you just want to see a path. As for installing them to cover the side & back, you will have to determine how much of an area you want to cover, and the type of flood or motion light you want to use.
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You will have to just pull permits Jeremy for the electrical work. As for those solar powered with the batteries, they do not do much in lighting up unless you just want to see a path. As for installing them to cover the side & back, you will have to determine how much of an area you want to cover, and the type of flood or motion light you want to use.
The newer solar/battery with LED technology are putting out a pretty good amount of light. No, they are not equivilent of a 500 watt spotlight bulb. But if they get the job done enough, they are effective and easy to install. I have three across the back of the house, and another at a rear gate where it would be difficult to run electric to.

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