How to Fix Faulty Garden Lighting and Outlets Without Calling an Electrician

Having issues with your garden lighting or outlets? As a homeowner, I know how frustrating it can be when things stop working properly outside. Often, the first instinct is to call an electrician. However, many common outdoor electrical problems can be fixed without professional help. With some basic tools and safety precautions, you can troubleshoot and repair faulty garden lighting and outlets yourself.

Inspecting the Garden Lighting

The first step is to thoroughly inspect your garden lighting setup.

Thoroughly inspecting all components of the outdoor lighting system will often reveal simple issues that are quick to fix.

Testing the Garden Outlets

Outdoor receptacles also frequently have minor problems that homeowners can troubleshoot:

Testing systematically will reveal most problems, whether it’s a circuit trip, loose fixture, or damaged component.

Replacing Light Fixtures and Outlets

If inspection and testing points to bad fixtures or receptacles, many homeowners feel comfortable replacing these items themselves:

With power turned off at the breaker, homeowners are fully capable of replacing lighting fixtures, outlets, and various low voltage landscape lighting components in just a few minutes.

When to Call a Professional

While many basic issues with garden lighting and outlets can be tackled as a DIY project, there are some situations when calling an electrician is the wise choice:

Knowing when to call a pro and when to tackle a project yourself keeps you safe. With some basic tools and DIY knowledge, many garden lighting repairs are within a homeowner's abilities.