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Installing Outdoor Outlets


No one likes struggling with a tangle of extension cords. Whether you’re decorating your home for the holidays, using power tools or landscaping equipment, or providing lighting for an outdoor get-together, outdoor outlets make things safer and simpler.

There are a few common questions about outdoor outlets. If you’re thinking of adding an outlet or two to your home, the electricians at Swift Services are here to help.

Outdoor electrical outlets have a few unique requirements and features you’ll want to know about before having one installed.

Do Outdoor Outlets Need to Be on Their Own Circuit?

In general, outdoor outlets do not have to be on their own circuit. However, there are a few things to keep in mind. You’ll want to make sure that your outdoor outlets aren’t on the same circuit as any major appliances. Your electrician might recommend putting your outdoor outlets on their own circuit based on your needs and the energy use in your household.

Do Outdoor Outlets Need to Be GFCI?

The National Electrical Code requires GFCI (Ground-Fault Circuit Interrupter) outlets for exterior applications. These outlets provide protection against the risk of shock or electrocution that exists when electricity and water might mix, which is why you also see them in kitchens, bathrooms, and laundry rooms.

Do Outdoor Outlets Need Covers?

Outdoor outlets should always have covers. They’re constantly exposed to rain, humidity, and (depending on where you live) salty air, all of which can damage the outlet and make it unsafe. There are a variety of covers available depending on your needs and the location of your outlet.

Benefits of Outdoor Outlets 

Adding outdoor outlets to your porch, patio, deck, or another area of your yard provides additional safety and convenience. Benefits of a new exterior outlet include:

  • Reducing the need for extension cords, which present tripping, fire, and shock hazards.
  • Easier entertaining! Providing lighting, music, and impromptu outdoor movie nights is much easier if you have an outlet right where you want to use it.
  • Installing holiday lighting is simpler if you have access to outdoor outlets.
  • Running power tools or lawn and garden equipment is much more convenient if there’s an outlet nearby.

Electricians in Myrtle Beach

Outdoor outlets make things easier and safer all around, enabling you to enjoy your home even more. If you’re ready to have an exterior outlet installed, or need help with any other electrical project, give the pros at Swift Services a call at (910) 600-6025 [A7] or request service online, anytime.

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