Most of us have some lighting outside our home that belongs to us, and that we control. Porch lights or security lights, for example. A lot of people also like to add outdoor lighting as part of decorating for the holidays—some at Halloween and even more at Christmas.
We all like to be safe, too, and to keep our house, our family, our pets, and our guests safe—even if those guests are only staying long enough to pick up some candy or sing a carol. That means that we want the lights, power cords, controls, and everything else associated with our outdoor lighting to be done with safety in mind.
One thing that isn’t true about lighting, and electrical connections in general, but that many people believe is that a temporary setup can be done without much regard for whether it’s really safe, or “up to code,” or not. That’s not so. Because they’re not permanent installations, temporary lighting and power connections can be more dangerous. The National Electrical Code includes special requirements for temporary installations that apply in addition to all of the regular guidelines.
So the top tip of all is to make it safe. Follow the tips here, of course, but keep in mind that safety is goal #1. Then make your outdoor light set-up look and function the way you want it to.
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Source: The Spruce