How to Set Up Security Lighting

Written by marshal m. rosenthal
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Security lighting's only purpose is to illuminate an area so that anyone or anything entering that area can be seen. You can set up a security flood light on the outside of your house to provide this type of security when it becomes dark. Setting up a security flood light requires a few supplies from a hardware store, along with a flood light timer adaptor and a few tools most homes already have on hand. No wiring or electrical skills are needed.

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Things you need

  • 15-foot ladder
  • Flood light
  • Flood light timer adaptor
  • Battery
  • Phillips jeweller's screwdriver
  • Assistant

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  1. 1

    Stand the ladder against the outside wall where a floodlight fixture box is located. This will typically be at the underside of the roof on a side or the back of the house, but can also be facing the front of the house.

  2. 2

    Remove the battery compartment lid from the bottom of the flood light timer adaptor. Set the switches on the inside of the compartment to correspond to the time to turn the adaptor on and off. (This information is provided in the manual that comes with the timer adaptor.) Insert a battery into the battery compartment and close the lid.

  3. 3

    Screw the base of the flood light into the front of the flood light timer adaptor. Screw the base of the flood light timer adaptor into the fixture box. Twist the base clockwise to set it securely.

  4. 4

    Have a person stand in the area beneath the flood light. Loosen the set screw on the side of the flood light timer adaptor with a Phillips jeweller's screwdriver. Angle the flood light timer adaptor down so the front of the flood light is pointing at the person. Tighten the screw to render the adaptor immobilised.

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