3 Tips for Wiring an LED Flood Light

outdoor security light mounted to a brick wall
  • 2 hours
  • Intermediate
  • 45
What You'll Need
Wire nuts
Electrical tape

An LED floodlight is a more energy-efficient lighting source than traditional fluorescent and other types of lighting. LED, which stands for light-emitting diodes, is a 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 floodlighting 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 floodlight. They should help you with this installation.

Step 1 - Determine Where to Place the Lights

When approaching the process of wiring your LED floodlights, you need to know where you want to place the lights. Floodlights 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 entranceway. You will need to map out the placement of your LED floodlights to determine access to the necessary wires to connect the lightboxes.

Step 2 - Shut off the Main Power

man checking a circuit breaker

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 lightboxes, restore the power at the circuit board main.

Step 3 - Match the Wires Accordingly

person connecting electrical wires

The wires on the lightbox should match the corresponding wires in your home's electrical circuit. The negative and positive wires need to be connected and taped, using plastic electrical caps if necessary in order to prevent moisture 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, the white Neutral wires together, and the ground wire all connected to the lightbox or the home's electrical circuit.

These few tips should help you successfully wire an LED floodlight 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.