3 Tips for Wiring an LED Flood Light
An LED flood light is a more energy efficient lighting source than traditional fluorescent and other types of lighting. LED, which stands for light emitting diodes, is technology that has been around for more than 80 years, having been developed in Russia in the 1920s. LED is the light source that is incorporated in computer monitors and screens, although it can also be used as both an indoor and outdoor lighting source.
When looking to install LED flood lighting in your home, the same principles that govern other types of lighting sources apply to LED lighting. This article is a discussion of at least three tips to consider when wiring an LED flood light. They should help you with this installation.
Step 1 - Determine Where to Place the Lights
When approaching the process of wiring your LED flood lights, you need to know where you want to place the lights. Flood lights are usually installed outside the home to act as a security and safety measure against unwanted individuals, or light a path to a home's entrance way. You will need to map out the placement of your LED flood lights to determine the access to the necessary wires to connect the light boxes.
Step 2 - Shut off the Main Power
As with any lighting project that involves you working with electrical wires, the main power should be turned off and remain so until after you have completed the wiring project. You may be placing yourself in danger if you work around a live power source while attempting to wire the boxes necessary for the insertion of the LED bulbs. Having the power shut off and remain off during the wiring process will help you safely complete the job and prevent a power surge or other hazard from affecting your electricity.
To shut off the power, simply locate the main circuit breakers, which are typically located in the basement or garage of your home. With the power located, shut off the circuit. When you have completed the wiring of the light boxes, restore the power at the circuit board main.
Step 3 - Match the Wires Accordingly
The wires on the light box should match the corresponding wires in your home's electrical circuit. The negative and positive wires need to be attached and taped, using plastic electrical caps if necessary in order to prevent moisture or liquid from getting into the electrical circuit and causing a short. Generally look to match the red wire with the red wire, black wire with the black wire and cap any green or neutral ground wire that may be part of the light box or the home's electrical circuit.
These few tips should help you successfully wire an LED flood light for your home. If you are unsure of how to wire the lights or have any apprehensions about working with electricity, it is better to seek the advice of a qualified electrician before commencing with this type of project.