How to Change the Color of Outdoor Lights


At different times of the year, you may see outdoor lights glowing in brilliant colors: orange or green during Halloween or the fall, green or red during the holidays, red or pink during Valentine's Day, green during St. Patrick's day, and so on. The truth is, colored outdoor lights can be found at almost every drug, grocery and hardware store, online or at a party supply store. These light bulbs are a quick way to change the outside of your home for any occasion. And the best part, they're just as easy to put in as regular bulbs.

  • Turn off all of your outdoor lights. If the lights have been in for some time, wait five minutes for the bulbs to cool down.

  • Turn the first bulb counterclockwise to unscrew it from the socket.

  • Repeat Step 2 for every outdoor light that you want to change to a colored light.

  • Look at the socket to find the maximum wattage limit. Make sure your colored light bulbs do not exceed the wattage limit, as that can cause damage to the socket, the bulb and the wiring. It can also create a fire hazard.

  • Insert the base of the colored light bulb into the socket. Turn the colored light bulb clockwise to tighten it into the socket. Never overtighten the bulb, as you can risk breaking the bulb or getting it stuck in the socket.

  • Repeat Step 5 to insert the rest of your colored light bulbs into your outdoor lighting.

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