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Old 09-24-2011, 06:28 AM
 
Location: West Michigan
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Its very easy to install one.
It CAN be very easy to install one... it can also be a nightmarish hell. That comes from being an Electrician for the last 29 years.

It isn't too bad IF there is a light switch (with a constant hot and neutral) on the same side you want the outside light and you only want one on that side. 75% of the time though there isn't a switch, or there isn't a hot/neutral wire at the switch, or the homeowner wants a light on both sides of the door opening. Those can be a pain at times. Worst case: Built on a slab, 2 story saltbox, no existing switch or feed. Takes some pondering at times for those.
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Old 09-24-2011, 07:48 AM
 
Location: Kronenwetter, Wis
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Maybe check into hanging a solar light next to porch (step) until one can be installed. Some don't require full sunlight to recharge.

Reminds me, a while back I built new garage, 18" drop at rear door, no porch or step yet, no light, friend came over to visit at night, stepped out back door and promptly hit ground. Luckily he didn't get hurt. It was kinda funny but then not so, if you know what I mean.
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Old 09-24-2011, 10:52 AM
 
Location: Bar Harbor, ME
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You can install it on your porch right next to your new Generac Propane powered 10KW augilliary generator that plugs into your circuit box and comes on in about a minute after the power goes off.
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Old 09-24-2011, 12:37 PM
 
Location: central va central me south fl
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Wow, that would be very expensive and inconvenience porch light.


QUOTE=Zarathu;21015288]You can install it on your porch right next to your new Generac Propane powered 10KW augilliary generator that plugs into your circuit box and comes on in about a minute after the power goes off.[/quote]
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Old 09-24-2011, 12:46 PM
 
Location: Bar Harbor, ME
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Wow, that would be very expensive and inconvenience porch light.
Well.... you do not want it not to go out during power failures or you could slip in the dark and die and no one would even know cause they couldn't see you cause its just plain dark.

$20 for fixture, $2 for light, $2500 for generator, peace of mind: PRICELESS!
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Old 09-24-2011, 03:30 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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A back porch light on the house
Ooops

You are right. The phrase "outside exiting doors" got me to imagining the other. My bad, sorry.
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Old 09-24-2011, 04:20 PM
 
Location: 3.5 sq mile island ant nest next to Canada
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Ooops

You are right. The phrase "outside exiting doors" got me to imagining the other. My bad, sorry.
Why aren't you at the fair??? Or at least driving back?!
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Old 09-24-2011, 05:10 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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Why aren't you at the fair??? Or at least driving back?!
Inlaws came up from D.C. today, so we had to cut our daily activity short and rush home to greet them.

Did a demo in the outdoor kitchen, and attended a bunch of workshops today.
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Old 09-29-2011, 01:06 PM
 
Location: South of Maine
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If you feel it is a hazard, have a light installed. "It is better to light one candle, than to curse the darkness" (Peter Benenson)
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Old 09-29-2011, 06:12 PM
 
Location: Teton Valley Idaho
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Ok, I'm confused. Maybe I've missed something, but why do people have to leave your house, in the dark, from the only outside door without a light?
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