Step 8: Make the connections

Installing a floodlight above a garage
Photo: Richard Howard
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• Trim the cable coming from the round outlet box to 6 inches and use a utility knife to cut away the plastic sheathing.
• Use wire strippers to remove 1/2 inch of the plastic insulation from the black and white wires.
• Join the cable to the floodlight, as detailed in "Wiring Connections".
• Attach the floodlight with machine screws and insert bulbs.
• Make the wire connections at the junction box and switch. Then turn on the power and adjust the lamp holders and motion sensor.


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    Tools List

    • lineman's pliers
      Side-cutting lineman's pliers
    • wire strippers
      Wire stripper
    • torpedo level
      Magnetic torpedo level
    • spade bit
      12-inch-long 7/8-inch spade bit
    • 16-foot tape measure
      Tape measure
    • Phillips screwdriver
      Phillips-head screwdriver
    • drill
      Drill/driver
    • ladder
      Ladder
    • fish tape
      Fish tape
    • hack saw
      Hacksaw (to cut conduit
    • round file
      Round file or reamer,
      to remove burrs on just-cut conduit
    • utility knife
      Utility knife

    Shopping List

    FLOODLIGHT:

    1. ROUND OUTLET BOX

    2. LAMP-HOLDER COVER

    3. MOTION SENSOR

    4. LAMP HOLDERS (2)

    5. 90-WATT HALOGEN BULBS (2)

    WIRING:

    6. 14-GAUGE INSULATED STRANDED WIRES

    7. TWIST-ON WIRE CONNECTORS

    8. ELECTRICAL TAPE

    9. 14/2 NONMETALLIC CABLE (AKA ROMEX)

    HARDWARE:

    10. 1/2-INCH EMT CONDUIT

    11. CONDUIT ELBOWS

    12. CONDUIT HANGERS

    13. STRAIGHT CONDUIT COUPLERS

    14. RIGHT-ANGLE CONNECTORS WITH REMOVABLE COVERS

    15. CABLE CONNECTORS

    16. METAL JUNCTION BOX

    17. EXTENSION BOX WITH CONNECTOR

    18. COMBINATION 15-AMP GFCI RECEPTACLE AND SWITCH

    19. 2-INCH GALVANIZED DECKING SCREWS for attaching electrical box to wall

    20. SILICONE CAULK to seal hole