This will probably be the most weirdest question on the forum, but.....
I have many events during the spring/summer/fall in the yard and need some lighting in a few places. There are trails in our deep woods and event areas thoughout. I recently got (5) 2ft and 4ft regular fluorescent striplights for really cheap. They have grounded cords on them. I only have 1 outdoor outlet, located by the house.
Can I permanetly mount these fluorescent lights to the trees needed where I need light? I understand the lights will rust, but I dont really care. I would bring them in during winter. I will only plug them into an extension cord that will be ran to the outlet a few times every month. They will not be used when it rains. Only when it is clear and dry. I am not going to spend money to run cable underground, as we have no more circuit spaces in the panel, nor do I have the ability to dig where I want do to huge roots from the trees. These lights are what I have.
The ballasts inside EACH one say Type 1 Outdoor. Is this suitable for outdoors that means?
This is really just a way to provide night lighting for about 10 hours every few times a month, and would just be hanging there on the trees, unplugged, abandoned, and not even the cord running out there when not in use.
BASICALLY: Can I leave these lights outside during rain, and use them when it dries out, or is this a bad idea. They are grounded, will be ran off a heavy extention cord about 100ft from the house, and be plugged into a GFCI. Pics below.
Area in woods (mount lights on trees)