Electrical question: light fixtures

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  1. HardcoreClone

    HardcoreClone Well-Known Member

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    So we ordered some new exterior light fixtures for our house. Our old ones fully enclosed the light bulb, but these new ones are "barn" style where the bulb is under the fixture but technically open to any elements that may blow up into it. Our house faces north.

    My question, maybe a really dumb one, but I've never encountered this....Do I need to buy special outdoor bulbs? I don't know if they need to be better protected/waterproof? The site we bought the fixtures from just says 120v wattage, E26/medium bulb base.

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. kchacker

    kchacker Well-Known Member

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    Short answer - yes. You're looking for wet rated outdoor bulbs.
     
  3. HardcoreClone

    HardcoreClone Well-Known Member

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    Thanks. I assume all the big box stores sell those.
     
  4. oldman

    oldman Well-Known Member

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    I have fixtures like that too. i never knew they made special outdoor bulbs -- I always used the regular ones and never had any problems.
     
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  5. Gonzo

    Gonzo Well-Known Member

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    Same here.
     
  6. HardcoreClone

    HardcoreClone Well-Known Member

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    Good to know. I'll see if the wet rated bulbs are much more expensive than normal. Thanks.
     
  7. Gorm

    Gorm Well-Known Member

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    I've used an old school early 2000s CFL bulb in my front light for the last 10 years. I doubt it was rated for outdoor use. Still works well.
     
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  8. yowza

    yowza Active Member

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    Is it a red light?
     
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  9. Gorm

    Gorm Well-Known Member

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    LMAO
     
  10. 3GenClone

    3GenClone Well-Known Member

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    I have a Philips Hue color-changing bulb installed in an exterior fixture and it's worked when the temps have been sub-zero.
     

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