03:57PM | 04/03/06
Member Since: 04/02/06
1 lifetime posts
I have a dust to dawn light in my backyard, and I need to rewire it and I'm not sure the best way to do it. My kitchen is on the second floor of my house in the back, and my grandfather (who used to own this house) wired the light pretty dangerously. He used indoor wire first of all, and put a plug on the house end of the cable and plugged it into a socket adaptor that was screwed into the light bulb holder of a light fixture outside my kitchen door. I know this is dangerous and I want to replace the wire with outdoor cable. I want to remove the light fixture on the wall outside. The fixture is on an octagonal box. My idea was to install an outdoor receptacle in the box and wire and outdoor plug on the house end of the cable and plug it in (the cable has to be removable so I can let the pole down outside every now and then to change the bulb). The problem is, I haven't figured out a way to waterproof the octagonal box and the plug that will go into the new receptacle. Any ideas? Thanks!


06:36PM | 04/03/06
Member Since: 04/25/05
1915 lifetime posts
But I would look at going a different route.

It is going to be hard to get anything that is water proof, "easily" removable, and meets code.

Run conduit up the pole to the light. Then at the base use flex long enough that it will not be pulled tight when you lower the pole.

Then use THWN stranded wire.

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